Imagine the front of a Vespa Scooter, with the back half removed and replaced with the tray off a ute. In that tray there is a park bench to sit on, and the whole thing is covered with a thin plastic tarp for protection from the elements. It’s fitted with a noisy two stroke engine…like you’d find on a lawn mower. Actually…exactly like you’d find on a lawnmower. Managing about as much horse power as a miniature pony, it putts along, then splutters and stalls at just the thought of a slight incline.
The whole thing rests on three small wheels, similar to that of a wheelbarrow. The same wheelbarrow that should be used to fill the countless potholes that those wheels are guaranteed to find in the middle of every road of South East Asia. It’s wiring is of similar quality to that of the Christmas Lights your neighbour insisted in covering their house with last year, and it’s headlights not nearly as bright. But perhaps the biggest concern…no air-con.
Load it up with two guys, with no mechanical knowledge whatsoever, and drive it halfway around the world, through some of the worlds most extreme environments. Across sparse desert plains, along twisted mountain passes and around the chaotic maze of roads that crisscross the developing cities of Asia, in an oversize go kart.