A team of three students from Newcastle University will be taking part in this year's Mongol Rally, driving approximately 10,000 miles from the UK to Mongolia – and Masternaut will be with them every step of the way.
Masternaut, the UK-based telematics provider, has installed its vehicle-tracking solution into the team's vehicle – a three-door, 1.0 litre Suzuki Swift – enabling its real-time whereabouts to be monitored throughout the epic journey. The technology uses GPS satellite tracking and will provide updates on the location of the car minute-by-minute, as the group make their way across some of the planet's most remote, physically demanding terrain.
Dubbed 'The Rorkes Drifters,' the team will embark from Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex on 14th July, joining groups from all over Britain. Although the challenge has no pre-determined 'route,' the drive will take-in 17 countries including Iran, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Russia before arriving in Ulaanbataar, Mongolia, approximately 6 weeks later.
The team is raising money for both Help for Heroes and The Lotus Children's Centre Charitable Trust – a non-profit children's charity in Mongolia which supports vulnerable children in Ulaanbataar. In addition to providing tracking technology, Masternaut has also donated a further £1,000 to the cause.
Anthony Coupland, group leader and Chemical Engineering student at Newcastle University, said: "This will be the adventure of a lifetime, but we're in no doubt that it will also be a huge challenge. The rally organisers do not provide support or back-up once you hit the road, so knowing that we have Masternaut's tracking device installed in our vehicle is a huge reassurance. The data will also be used to populate a real-time map; available online so friends and family back home can follow our progress – I think my mum will be watching it around the clock!"
Steve Towe, Managing Director of Masternaut, added: "Everyone at Masternaut has been so impressed by the team – in both their fundraising efforts and their sheer determination ahead of the task. We're delighted to be supporting such a worthwhile cause, and wish The Rorkes Drifters every success along the way."
Masternaut's technology is more commonly used commercially to measure fleet utilisation, driver behaviour and location-based services for many leading European brands and enables companies to reduce costs, increase their competitiveness and improve risk management.
The team's progress can be tracked on the charity page of Masternaut's website from 14th July: http://mongolrally.masternaut-charity.com/
Visit The Rorkes Drifters' website for further information on the team, and how to sponsor: