Chevrolet Aveo sets out on a 9,000 miles challenge around Mongolia
|   Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Chevrolet has recently flagged off a modified Aveo on a 9,000 mile trip to Mongolia, starting from the Good Wood test track with no backup and no support whatsoever. The initiative has been taken to raise money for the welfare of children.

This is the first time an Aveo is set to travel such a long distance covered with treacherous mountain tracks, bad roads and deserts. The Aveo team participating in the Mongol Rally will be using a 1.2 liter diesel, modified Aveo.


The rally team consists of an investment banker, a marketing manager and a biology researcher, all of whom have no knowledge whatsoever about rallying. Ed Kliphuis, Guy White and Arnout Schepers are the three inexperienced but avid explorers in the Aveo and their main objective is to raise charities along the way and donate the money for the welfare of children to the SOS villages along the route.

The three men were very enthusiastic before the starting and all of them consider this opportunity as a once in a life time one. The route covers almost a third of the world and the course offers some of the greatest challenges along the way.

The Mongol Rally is historic as well as unique, both in the sense that it does not have a pre defined route. There are just two fixed destinations that the team has to reach, the Klenova Castle in Czechoslovakia and Ulaanbaatar. The routes taken in between are not fixed and the course is set to be completed in 35 days.

The three teams are set to cut out their own course and are to meet only at the above two destinations. This is not a planned holiday, this is a real expedition and hence, it is a real life issue with real risks involved.
On the way to the finish line, the teams are set to visit three SOS villages for children, in Uzbekistan, Vienna, and Ulaanbaatar. At the end of the journey, the money will be transferred to the SOS villages and the three Aveo will also be donated.

The teams have already managed to collect over $4.5 million and the proceedings are set to go into the coffers of the Lotus children's charity. The Chevrolet Aveo being used for the rally is a standard 1.2 liter 86 HP producing diesel but with a dew minor modifications.

The suspension was hardened to tackle all kinds of terrain. The wheels were fitted with all terrain tires. Frontal drive train protection bars and a bull bar were installed, the battery was replaced with a high duty one, additional exterior and interior lights were installed to prioritize visibility, an additional engine sump was installed and the teams have been provided with hydraulic jacks, spare wheels, first aid kits and fuel canisters to tackle emergency situations.

The trip was a well planned one and the teams are set to enter the Mongolian border on the 17th of August 2012. People are eagerly awaiting the verdict on the vehicle and this trip is sure to portray the Aveo as a tough all terrain vehicle.
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