The electric hatch will undergo an extensive 10,000-mile journey from U.K. to Mongolia.

What has the gruelling Mongol Rally got in common with the likes of Formula E and the Electric GT Championship? It's now open to electric vehicles, with a Nissan Leaf AT-EV (All Terrain Electric Vehicle) crossing the start line.

Prepared by engineering firm RML Group in the UK, the AT-EV is based on a regular Leaf 30kWh Acenta and will cover more than 10,000 miles this summer on the trip from the UK to Mongolia.

To make sure it will be ready to withstand the abuse on what will be some very difficult roads, the race-prep Leaf has received a set of Speedline SL2 Marmora wheels wrapped in skinny Maxsport RB3 tyres. Since it will have to tackle some rough terrain, the engineers have installed extra protection by welding plates to the underside of the wishbones, along with fitting braided brake lines, chunky mud flaps, and a 6mm sump guard made from aluminium.

Nissan Leaf All Terrain
Nissan Leaf All Terrain

A roof rack has been added to provide the much-needed extra cargo capacity crucial whenever embarking on such a long trip. It also features an LED light bar, which needless to say will be of great use at night while travelling in the remotest parts of the rally.

Besides tweaking the exterior, the engineers have also modified the cabin by taking out the rear seats together with their seatbelts to shave off 32kg. In case something goes terribly wrong, a medical kit and a fire extinguisher have been integrated in the trunk. Rubber floor mats complete the package.

The forthcoming Mongol Rally 2017 represents an interesting send-off for the current Leaf considering the second generation will be out in September. “Electric vehicle advocate” Plug In Adventures had the bright idea to modify a Leaf for the event as a way to promote EVs throughout the rally. Co-founder Chris Ramsey will be making regular stops to highlight the benefits of an electric car.

As with all other teams participating in the rally organised by The Adventurists, the people behind the Leaf AT-EV will have to raise at least £1,000 for charity.

The Mongol Rally 2017 will begin on July 16th.

Source: Nissan

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