Ad of the Day: Mitsubishi

180LA tests the Outlander on the world's most dangerous road

This is such a great and simple idea, it's surprising no one's thought of it before (I know, I know, you're going to tell me someone has done it before): Demonstrate your vehicle's handling and resilience by test-driving it on the "world's most dangerous road"—i.e., the Yungas Road in Bolivia, better known as the "Road of Death." Some 200-300 people reportedly die each year on the road, which has terrifyingly steep terrain, sheer drop-offs of more than 1,800 feet, no guard rails to speak of, and just a narrow, single lane. The road, leading out of La Paz, was carved into the hillside by Paraguayan prisoners in the 1930s and climbs to 15,260 feet before rapidly dropping to 3,900 feet at the town of Coroico. Oh, there's also typically lots of fog, and parts of the road have waterfalls cascading over them. Lovely. It's actually not surprising that automotive creatives haven't wanted to go there, but the team at 180LA did, taking an Outlander and Outlander Sport for a nice pleasant drive that did not, apparently, end in death. The ad below is a trailer for the website,, which is supposed to go live sometime on Thursday (update: it is now live) and features a 360-degree view of the test drive, along with other vertigo-inducing goodies. "Today it's about what a brand does as well as what it says," said William Gelner, executive creative director at 180LA. "We didn't want to just talk about Mitsubishi's All-Wheel Control, we wanted to prove it by actually taking on the world's most dangerous road. We documented the whole event, every hair-raising turn, and allow people to ride shotgun with a 360 cam." That commute into the city on Highway 9 should be a breeze by comparison.

Client: Mitsubishi
Agency: 180, Los Angeles
Executive Creative Director: William Gelner
Creative Directors: Grant Holland, Gavin Milner
Copywriter: Mike Burdick
Art Director: Mike Bokman
Head of Production/Managing Partner: Peter Cline
Producer: Cherie Appleby
Group Account Director: Amy Call
Account Director: Sandy Song
Planner: Patrick Early

Production Co. TVC: Boxer
Production Company BTS: Artistas Latinos
Director TVC: Jordan Valenti
2nd Unit Director/DP TVC: Jordan Valenti
Director BTS: – Johanan Benavides
Head of Production: John Quinn
Executive Producer: Beth George
Shoot Location: La Paz, Bolivia
Shoot Date: 4/19 – 4/21

Editorial Company: Beast Editorial
Editor TVC: Igor Kovalik
Editor BTS: Adam Svatek
Executive Producer: Sybil McCarthy
Producer: Joanna Hall
Assistant Editor: Seema Naik
Colorist: Beau Leon
Transfer Facility: New Hat
Online/VFX: Method
VFX Supervisor: n/a
Art Director: Pete Mayor
Compositor: Pete Mayor
Henry/Flame Artist: Pete Mayor
Head of Production: Robert Owens
Producer: Ananda Reavis

Recording Studio: Eleven Sound
Mixer: Jeff Payne
Asst Mixer: Ben Freer
Executive Producer: DJ Fox-Engstrom

Music Co: South Music & Sound Design
Composer: François-Paul Aiche, Jon Darling, Dan Pritikin
Creative Director: Igor Kovalik, Jon Darling
Executive Producer: Dan Pritiken
Producer: Dan Pritiken

Client Credits
Greg Adams, VP, Marketing and Product Planning
Francine Harsini, Director, Advertising
Matthew Mendez, Manager, Advertising