Unimog U 5023 Sets Height Record for Wheeled Transport

Mercedes' expedition truck climbed the mountains not only to set a record but to install radio equipment at a height.

The light-weight Mercedes-Benz Unimog once again proved its capabilities in extreme conditions: a pair of U 5023s rose to an altitude of 6,694 meters above sea level.

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The goal of the expedition was to install four emergency radio stations in high-altitude campsites around Ojos del Salado in Chile. This is the highest active volcano on the planet with a peak at 6,903 meters.

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The Unimog had special tires and powerful winches, as well as a special system that allowed shifting the weight back and forth to change the centre-of-gravity point.

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Expedition leader Matthias Josh broke his own altitude record, which he set at the wheel of a Mercedes Zetros in 2014. Moreover, the expedition team did not set a goal to overcome a certain height, all the radio stations had to be delivered to an altitude of 6,100 meters in the Amistad camp.

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But if they climbed so high, why wouldn’t they go a little further and write their name in history?

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