Friday, February 25, 2005

“Crap Cars” With Tiny Engines To Make 10,000 Mile Trek

LONDON (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Some cars can’t make it down the road 100 miles, but a new contest will test if others can make it 10,000 miles – with a engine one-fifth the power of a sports car, no less.

The Mongol Rally 2005, which begins July 30, will challenge 70 teams to drive cars with an engine smaller than one liter from London to Mongolia.

It’s the second year the three-week challenge is taking place and not only are there 64 more teams this year, but there also will be different terrain as the course will run through taller mountains and deeper valleys.

The cars that will be used are called “crap cars” and usually only reach speeds up to 60 mph.

Race spokesman Tom Morgan says the tortoise, not the hare will win the contest. As he puts it, “The cars are relatively fragile so it will be whose car can hold up the longest and not the one that goes the fastest that wins the competition.”

Morgan admits “some racers definitely won’t make it” and “prestige” instead of a pot of money will await the winner.

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