A Volkswagen Touareg "Expedition" was chosen to set the record. It is a special model of the Volkswagen Individual, the tuning company of Volkswagen, which was launched on the German market at the end of 2004. About 350 Touareg "Expedition" are planned to be produced annually.

The Touareg "Expedition" is a mere standard model and has not been modified for the expedition. It is equipped with a 241 metric HP, 3.2 Litre, V6 direct injection engine.

For the special Touareg edition "Expedition" Volkswagen Individual supplemented the Touareg with the followings:

    • A 3.5 tonne cable winch
    • A full-cover 8mm thick underbody sealment out of aluminium
    • An aluminium roof rack
    • Extras: differential lock at the rear axle and releasable stabilisers

While setting the record, the Touareg was equipped with Hankook Dynapro AT tyres and on snowy passages with pewag snow chains.