The Search for The Ultimate Mongol Rally Car

As you might know the Mongol Rally has been going for 10 years. In that time we've had our fair share of weird & wonderful vehicles, with everything from the ridiculously crap to the ridiculously overqualified. This seems like an ideal opportunity to choose the ideal car to take on the might of the Mongol Rally, so we're looking for a bit of assistance from you to find us a champion.

If you are thinking of joining us on the Rally, what car would you bring and why? If you've already done the Rally; what car did you take, would you choose it again and what made you make that decision?

Folks often ask us what is the best car for the Rally, and we always tell them it depends what you want; if you want something reliable you should choose something Japanese or Korean, if you want something that will challenge your mechanical skills go with something French, if you want something true to the spirit of the Rally go for something under 1000cc, if you are a massive wuss it's probably best to take something 4x4 like a Daihatsu Terios. Today lets cast all the details aside, lets just work out what is the ultimate Mongol Rally car.

We've got a few possibilities here to start the debate in no particular order; but feel free to offer your own suggestions together with a few words why over on our Facebook page.

Smart Fortwo

We like this firstly it's very small, secondly because despite being built by a Swiss watchmaker it doesn't quite run like clockwork. There have been a few of these over the last couple of years and the closest one got to the finish line was being unceremoniously carted there on the back of a truck.

Very small, and with a near 0% success rate, so surely a contender?

Very small, and with a near 0% success rate, so surely a contender?

Nissan Micra

The Nissan Micra, beloved of Ralliers perhaps more than any other car, the epitome of 'granny-mobile'. Proven to be reliable to the point of being boring, is that its only disadvantage?

The Ubiquitous K11 Micra, reliable, Bullet-proof, boring?

The Ubiquitous K11 Micra, reliable, Bullet-proof, boring?

Suzuki Swift

This incarnation of the Suzuki Swift along with the K11 Micra and First Generation Fiat Panda made its last appearance on the 2012 Rally, now sadly falling foul of the 9 year old rule. But it will be fondly remembered as a Rally stalwart, another Japanese hero doing the Rally proud.

Light, cheap, cheerful, relentless; who wouldn't have this in their top 3?

Light, cheap, cheerful, relentless; who wouldn't have this in their top 3?

Fiat Panda

These boxy little beauties have a cult following in Italy and Italian Ralliers would consider little else, we had 26 of them on the 2012 Rally alone, is there anything that has done more Mongol Rally miles?

The 1st generation Fiat Panda, rocking the Mongol Rally since 2004

The 1st generation Fiat Panda, rocking the Mongol Rally since 2004

Daihatsu Terios

If you are a massive wuss this is the Rally car for you, not only does it have 4x4 but it even looks like a normal car. Only recommended for people with inflatable girlfriends.

Daihatsu Terios. Good for massive wimps

Daihatsu Terios. Good for massive wimps

Reliant Robin

This is a really fucking stupid vehicle to take to the Rally in. You would have to be batshit crazy to take one of these on the Rally, which likely makes it the perfect Rally car. British engineering at its most

Probably the most unsuitable car for the Rally. Which is why it's the best

Probably the most unsuitable car for the Rally. Which is why it's the best