No other car has ever been higher. The sports car received interesting modifications to cope with the challenging task.
Pilot Romain Dumas experienced a very interesting adventure, a far cry from the circuit circling and endurance races he is used to. Perhaps his experience with uphill races came in handy, as it was the hill that became the subject of a new record set by Porsche.
Specifically, it was the Ojos del Salado volcano in Chile, which a pair of modified 911s climbed. During the drive, the entire team faced challenging conditions – for example, twenty-degree frost and air twice as thin as at sea level.
The pair of cars was prepared by HIF Global, Schaeffler Group, Mobil 1, BFGoodrich and TAG Heuer. The 911 with the nicknames Doris and Edith was based on the 911 Carrera 4S model with a manual seven-speed gearbox, received portal axles (which also functioned as a reduction), and the clearance was increased to 350 mm. In the field, the pilots also appreciated the special aramid chassis covers.
One of the cars was fitted with a steer by wire system from the Schaeffler Group, which provided Dumas with the necessary precision in steering on a steep hill. Both 911s ran on synthetic fuel, and while people had to overcome the altitude gradually and acclimatize day after day, the Porsche engines coped with thin air even in this production form. The official value of the new record is 6734 meters, the previous record was set in 2020 with a height of 6694 meters.