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Earlier this month, we posted a story about how German adventurer Matthias Jeschke set the Guinness World Record for highest altitude attained by a four-wheeled vehicle. To recap, the Wrangler Unlimited reached a height of 6,646 meters on the Ojos del Salado volcano in Chile.

That record has already been broken, pending official verification from Guinness.

On April 21, the Chilean duo of Gonzalo Bravo and Eduardo Canales drove their modified Suzuki Samurai ( SJ413) past the Jeep's high point and stopped at 6,688 meters. In addition to the obvious wheel, tire, and suspension changes evident in the photos, the Samurai also packed a supercharged G16A 4-cylinder underhood. It was the third attempt for the pair, who encountered weather difficulties the first time and an engine fire the second time. Repairs were made, and the third try, as the saying goes, was the charm. One of the things Jeschke's team did when they arrived at their high point was to leave a sign that read, "Jeep Parking Only: All others don't make it up here anyway." In a cheeky move, Bravo and Gonzalo came down the volcano with a little extra souvineur.

Assuming the feat gets certified, it's impressive. Jeschke's Extrem Events team had big-time backing and financing, with two Jeeps and several support vehicles provided by DCX, plus a full team of people assisting the effort on-site. Bravo and Canales had no such support, and it looks for all the world like they did it anyway. We'll hoist pisco sours in their honor.

[Source: TwistedAndes (Trans.) via Autoblog Spanish (Trans.)]


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      mehra
      • 2 Months Ago
      Jeep owners are cry babies. Stock is just what comes from the factory. Why is it unfair that the jeep comes with all that crap and the sami had to have it added? The jeep was STOCK ? If i buy a jeep right now will it come with that support team and support vehicles? NO! That means its NOT STOCK. 
      lets see how far the jeep can get without the support team with the vehicles and the cash. 
      Timothy Storf
      • 2 Months Ago

      They only took the bottom part of the sign, see the cut? They left the "jeep parking only" and only took the insult at the end with them "All others did't make it up here anyway". That is totally fair!

      • 7 Years Ago
      The sign was lying on the floor when they picked it up (trash), and the Jeep team boss (Mathias) is a crying baby, he has to accept that the record is already broken, and the record is for any vehicle, modified or not, that the Jeep was "stock" (even having 4:1 low range and lockers front and rear) has a huge backup and lots of funds, whereas the Samurai expedition has no big bucks backup whatsoever. Stop the whining Jeep owners, Suzuki owns you once again :P
      • 8 Years Ago
      Rubicon jeep standard? Factory fitted lockers front and rear, reduction gearing in the gearbox and transfer case standard and off road tyres standard. This isn't a "standard car" The suzuki had the same options fitted as the jeep comes with standard. That way they are both the same car. Maybe research some facts about what you are posting please people.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Would love to see the Samurai do it bone stock.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I translated it the post through
      http://translate.google.com/translate?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.twistedandes.com%2Fforo%2Fshowthread.php%3Ft%3D34944%26page%3D1%26pp%3D10&langpair=es%7Cen&hl=en&ie=UTF8
      and it looks like Jeep's attempt cost 500,000 Euros, had 19 people, and SEVEN vehicles. It took five modified trucks to tow the two jeeps up??

      Pretty impressive for two guys in one vehicle. Maybe a bit stupid? It's a long walk home when you're almost 7km high!)
      • 8 Years Ago
      They had to tow that modified Samurai there. The Stock Jeep could be driven!!!!!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      WAY TO GO TO THE CHILEANS AND EVERYONE ELSE FOR MISSING THE POINT!!!!

      I could modify a f*cking lawn tractor and set the altitude record if I wanted to, the Jeep was a bone stock Rubicon Unlimited...STOCK...THAT IS THE POINT!

      Take the Jeep sign and record for what? To prove with enough money and mods to anything you can do it? Way to go you no class sh*t bags...the Suzuki Samurai is a joke.
      • 8 Years Ago
      You can modify a Vette to rock climb...so what?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Check the facts!! The Jeep was a $31,840, 3.8 liter V6 with fuel injection, 202 hp, 237 ft lb. torque. Not exactly a lightweight!! Fuel injection takes care of the thin air by adjusting for it. It may be stock but stock puts it at a distinct advantage to a 20+ year old carbed 4 cylinder. Obviously, they changed the engine. I KNOW that they did not have anywhere near $31,840 in that Suzuki.

        It is kinda like 4 guys fighting one guy with a bat. The bat just evens the odds!!
        • 8 Years Ago
        The official response from Mattias Jeschke on the Suzuki team, whose Extrem Events German team made the ascent up the Ojos mountain to set the Jeep world record, will be in the upcoming issue of JPFreek Adventure Magazine which can be downloaded from the following website early next week (June 4 or 5):

        www.jpfreek.com
      • 8 Years Ago
      they have to take back the sign because the wind take it off and that place is a National Park, so blow away sign = litter, waste.. etc.
      they've cleaned the place.

      They also said that if they had all the support that jeep team had, they will set the record with a stock samurai...

      • 7 Years Ago
      Mike your a ....... idiot, bone stock wrangler, rubicon unlimited did you just hear what you said, last I checked thats a well modified 6 cylinder, with a $5 grand locker amongst other things, I haven't looked it up but that jeep new cost some where near 30 grand, I own a 87 samaurai and it set me back 4700 brand new in 87, how do you figure the jeep was over matched, I think its highly impressive, not to mention that sammy gets 30 plus on the highway, you no talent assbag, no your .... before you sit down to take one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Hat's off to these two guys.

      However, when it comes to the vehicle, I'm more impressed that a virtually stock Wrangler could do it than this Frankenstein modified Samurai.

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