That’s a small car…
Rule #1 states that the car needs to have an engine less than 1200cc. Now, in America, that may not mean much, but that's probably because we just don’t make engines that tiny. When’s the last time you saw an advertisement for a 65 horsepower car? We're flipping through those now!
This is just silly, something that small won’t make it!
10,000 miles, with deserts, mountain ranges, rivers, and the roughest of terrain including parts of the world with no roads... We can say with 100% certainty that these cars are not meant to do what we’re attempting to do in a single shot. And, while true that some teams don’t make it, believe it or not, most do. It won’t be easy, but it’s not supposed to be.
How will you all fit with weeks worth of items in such a tiny car?
Great question, glad you asked. We have no idea!
What about all your stuff?
The first tip for packing is to take half of what you think you need. The second tip for packing is to only take half of that. So a toolkit might be whittled down to a screwdriver and elbow grease. We’ll have to make some modifications to the car for some of the important things. A roof-rack is a 100% necessity because we’ll need a spare or 2 and a few jerry cans for when gas is hard to come by. Other than that, we’re of the mindset that things will just work themselves out. We'll let ourselves be vulnerable and hope the goodness in the world will provide. Fingers crossed. Less prepared is greater than more, or so the mantra of the rally goes.
So what are we driving?
Short answer is TBD. Apparently the UK is the easiest country in Europe to buy a car in, but of course we live in the US, so it’s still a bit complicated. We’re budgeting about £1500 – or $1800 in the currency of the free world. But tiny used cars are quite cheap across the pond, so stay tuned!