Volkswagen Classic competes in the toughest classic car rally

JonathanDecember 4, 2013

When you take out a car leasing contract it’s important to know that your vehicle will be able to safely get you through the winter elements where driving conditions are tougher.

However, Volkswagen is going one step further to prove that it has built a car capable of taking on hostile environments. In fact, the German manufacturer’s Classic vehicle will be taking part in one of the toughest races in the world.

In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Le Rog rally, a car from Volkswagen Classic will be joining more than 60 other cars on a three-day endurance drive through the British winter weather.

The 2,400-kilometre journey will take the teams on the “toughest” rally in Europe and two ladies will be ensuring that the Volkswagen Iltis makes it to the finish line. All the teams will have to guide their cars from Land’s End to John O’Groats within the three day time allowance.

It has been taking place every year since its birth in 1993 and the organiser calls it “the toughest in Europe”. The route takes drivers over treacherous byroads and through streams, as well as a lengthy amount of time spent driving in pitch black, meaning that both drivers and vehicles are tested to the max.

Along the journey, drivers will also face more than 50 special regularity tests full of navigational dodges.

Some 66 teams will be competing in the rally from December 7th to 10th but it is the first time that the ladies team will be taking a Volkswagen Classic along the 2,400-kilometre route.

The four-wheel drive Iltis could be the perfect vehicle to compete in the rally with just under 10,000 of them being produced by the manufacturer. The race car features a reinforced chassis, underbody protection, a front safety guard, auxiliary lamps, roll-over protection bar, only two sports bucket seats as well as a big 90-litre fuel tank.

Steffi Edelhoff and Sandra Wukovich will be racing in the ‘Le Jog’ for a good cause – the “be your own hero e.V.” charity  – an organisation that campaigns for the autonomy and self-reliance of girls and young women.

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