Professional racing driver Romain Dumas set a new altitude world record at the peak (22,093 feet) of the west ridge of the Ojos del Salado volcano in Chile on December 2. He drove a heavily modified Porsche 911 running on eFuels and was supported by an international team consisting of members from Chile, France, Germany, the United States, Canada as well as Switzerland.
This feat required two significantly modified Porsche 911 models – “Doris” and “Edith“ – while being offered support from HIF Global, Schaeffler Group, Mobil 1, BFGoodrich as well as TAG Heuer. Based on the 911 Carrera 4S, both vehicles are powered by a 3.0L six cylinder boxer engine, mated to a standard seven-speed manual transmission. Other modifications include carbon fiber seats, five-point harnesses, portal axles that increased ground clearance (13.7 inches / 350 mm), and extremely tough Aramid fiber underbody protection. Both Porsche 911s ran on HIF eFuels, which are created in Chile, made from water and carbon dioxide using renewable energy.
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I’ll never forget this experience. It was an extraordinary feeling to drive where no car has gone before. The 911 managed to go higher than any other earthbound vehicle in history. We reached a point where we were met by the true summit of the west ridge – we could go no higher. So this really was the maximum altitude that can be achieved,” said Romain Dumas, Driver for Glickenhaus in the World Endurance Championship.