Why small and crap?
Good question. Anyone's Gran and her colostomy bag can say they drove to Mongolia in a 4x4 or a people carrier and not have a single true adventure to show for it. In the 21st century adventures don't just happen - failure needs to be woven in from the beginning - you need to create rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty.
You signed up for a shit your pants experience. Your poor excuse for a vehicle is a powerful adventure laxative towards that end - it's what guarantees an old school adventure doesn't slide into a pampered Instagram vanity project.
Choosing a Vehicle
Most teams won't need to be spoon fed the definition of a shit car - they'll already be furiously exploring the furthest depths of vehicle depravity - acquiring ruins so bad they would make Caligula blush.
But every year a few teams don't quite get it - they crave chaotic adventure and yet they're drawn to shiny, powerful machines that are every bit up to the job of driving to Mongolia. Comfort and security can be seductive - but there are no exceptions to the shit cars rule - so to help you stay strong we've put together some examples and handy diagrams to reference when choosing your car.
With these two simple graphs you'll be able to separate shit cars from not-shit cars with a 95% success rate
If in any doubt, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The engine size limit of 1000 cc is as old and as established as Roger's Profanisaurus - but in previous years we used to have vehicle age restrictions as well. In 2013 we were able to scrap them, so teams could once again drive archaeologically significant wrecks to Mongolia. It came at a small price though - technical restrictions for vehicles not being driven home.
Since the rally does things to your car that can't be anticipated we highly recommend you keep your options open and stay within these technical limits when purchasing a vehicle - which are really quite generous anyway.
Your vehicle must be registered in the EU, it must be registered in the name of a team member and it must fit within these dimensions Length - 470cm, Width - 215cm, Height - 190cm and Weight - 1500kg.
You've already got a car outside the EU? Read this
Here's one of our favourites from 2016- a three wheeler found in a cabbage patch.
He drove it all the way to Mongolia can you believe? Then, like a trooper, stuck in on top of another car to get to the finish.