Subaru’s XV crossover is about to prove just how tough it is, taking on a 21,700 mile on- and off-road journey all the way from London to Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia and back again.
Taking part in the Mongolia Charity Rally, Subaru’s XV is being driven by Canadian adventurers, Corinne Copreni and Jess Watt, who make up the Offtrax team.
Offtrax will raise money for Go Help, an organisation which provides emergency services vehicles and school and medical support to the poorest Mongolian communities, and Make a Wish Canada, raising funds to grant wishes to seriously ill children.
The team set off on their journey on Saturday (July 19, 2014) and will take up to three months to complete the epic trip.
During the adventure, the Offtrax Subaru XV will visit 32 countries, cross five deserts and span seven different time zones, with thousands of miles covered off-road.
The only modifications made to the car are a bonnet protector and a sump guard, essential equipment tackling the harshest terrain.
Otherwise, the XV is entirely ‘as standard'. It even remains on the same original equipment all-weather tyres as other XVs, with the team relying on the Japanese brand's Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive system and famed reliability to get them all the way to Ulaanbaatar.
Throughout the journey, the team hopes to raise in excess of C$5,000 (£2,700).
Team member Corinne Copreni explained: "Some might think it's just plain crazy to drive almost 22,000 miles to Mongolia and back, across some of the most unforgiving terrain in the world, all for charity. Well, it might just be - but if it makes you dream, then it's not crazy at all. After going for a test drive at our local Subaru dealership in Toronto, we were 100% sold on the idea that, if there's one car that could make it through this rally, it's the Subaru XV."
Paul Tunnicliffe, Managing Director of Subaru UK, commented: "Every new Subaru model undergoes months of testing to ensure it's as capable as possible, in all conditions, before it goes on sale - this may be the XV's toughest test to date. A lot can happen in 21,000 miles of on- and off-road driving, but we're confident that the XV is more than up to the challenge. We're really looking forward to following the team's progress over the coming weeks and we wish them the very best of luck on their adventure."