Three endurance car drivers set to break existing Limca Book of Records of 79 hours and 15 minutes
Three endurance car drivers, two from Hyderabad and one from Vijayawada, have driven from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, traversing a distance of 3,884 km in 68 hours and 11 minutes. The scorching pace set by the trio is set to break the existing Limca Book of Records of 79 hours and 15 minutes taken to travel the same distance.
The gritty drive was led by well-known endurance driver from the capital, A.V.R. Prabhakar Rao (33) and his friends and driving enthusiasts — R. Satya Teja (24) and Y.V. Krishna Rao (27). It began during the weekend and got over by Monday night.
Their endurance drive began from Leh at 3.10 a.m. on Saturday, October 6 and reached Kanyakumari at 11.21 p.m. on October 8, Mr. Prabhakar said. Their Fiat Punto car traversed Leh, Manali, Chandigarh, Delhi, Agra, Gwalior, Nagpur, Adilabad, Hyderabad, Anantapur, Bangalore, Hosru, Salem, Madurai, Tirunalveli and Kanyakumari in a double quick time.
In between, they had to put up with not only pothole-ridden roads, seemingly ubiquitous throughout the country, but also extreme weather conditions like severe cold and rain, besides dust.
“Usually tour operators spend 48 hours to cover the Leh-Manali section of 500 km but we managed it in 14 hours. It was minus 15 degree Celsius in Leh and layers of snow covered our car windows. With no visibility, we had to slow down and could not sleep at all,” recalls Mr. Prabhakar.
And when they reached Manali, “the temperature was 35 degree Celsius,” he chuckles. The trio took turns to drive with short breaks for food and fuel. “One of us was driving, the other was navigating while the third was sleeping at any given point of time,” he says.
To track and record each and every aspect of the expedition, they collaborated with Map My India to install a GPS device in the car. “Thanks to the GPS, we never lost direction even in the hostile climate of Leh. The GPS recorded every minute of our journey,” he avers.
The racing team says that the drive through Central India was the toughest because roads were non-existent. “Large swathes of supposed main roads were filled with crater-sized potholes almost to an extent of 400 km,” says Mr. Prabhakar.