Sahara Banger Rally

Join the Adventure Rally drive of a lifetime – in a £500 Banger!

14th – 31st October 2021

Tired of lockdown and itching to get away for some real adventure? Then get yourself an old banger and join us for the Sahara Banger Rally, set to be one of 2021’s most exciting automotive adventures!
Fully supported by expedition specialists Max Adventure, you’ll get to drive the original Dakar Rally route through the desert of Morocco, where you’ll tackling hundreds of miles of sand dunes, wadis and rocky tracks.

Just a 25% deposit secures your place on this ultimate driving adventure, so SIGN UP NOW!


Each team of up to 3 drivers must find and prepare their own banger worth less than £500. If you’re not sure what to do, Driven to Extremes can advise on how to source and prepare a suitable vehicle, as well as offering a turn-key solution where suitable cars are sourced and prepared ready for the desert. Contact Mac for more details.


The Sahara Banger Rally is an adventurous expedition that requires endurance, stamina and resilience when the going gets tough. Whilst battling through arduous terrain in such a challenging and extreme environment, common issues include punctured tyres, holed engine sumps, damaged exhausts and endless vehicle recoveries from soft sand. But with all teams pulling together when needed, no one is left stranded.


Of course, with any used car costing under £500 there are always going to be issues, so your team is backed up by a professional support crew in expedition equipped 4×4’s who are on hand to cover any eventualities.

Delivered by expedition specialists Max Adventure, we have been operating in extreme environments for over 25 years, in temperatures from -60C to +50C  and 8,850 meters above sea level.

We have worked alongside explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Hollywood actor Tom Hardy in places as far-flung as Siberia, the North Pole and Mt Everest.


Originally conceived as a support programme to help ex-military personnel with their recovery from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by taking them on confidence-building vehicle adventures, next year’s Sahara Banger Rally has been opened up to the public, allowing adventurers from all walks of life to take part.


Entry fee for the ‘Sahara Banger Rally’ costs from as little as £900 per person. This cost includes return car ferry from Spain to Morocco, all campsite accommodation in Morocco (with the option to upgrade to hotels), branded team clothing and vehicle graphics. Each team is also asked to endeavour to raise a minimum of £250 for their chosen charity.


The total adventure from the UK is 17 days, but teams are able to join us in southern Spain should they wish to take a more leisurely drive through Europe.


So, if you want the chance to test your mettle in a car totally not designed for the desert, contact us here or email for further information. 

Mac Mackenney – Max Adventure Ltd

07764 600 601 / 01404 830 096


This 17-day rally starts and finishes at Portsmouth in the UK, although for teams wishing to join us from other countries, you can meet us in Tarifa, southern Spain…

  • Thu 14 Oct – Meet at Portsmouth ferry port for the 22:15 ferry to Santander, Spain.
  • Fri 15 Oct (Day 1) – At sea
  • Sat 16 Oct (Day 2) – Santander to Tarifa
  • Sun 17 Oct (Day 3) – Tarifa to Fes, Morocco
  • Mon 18 Oct (Day 4) – Fes to Midelt
  • Tue 19 Oct (Day 5) – Midelt to Merzouga
  • Wed 20 Oct (Day 6) – Merzouga to Lac Maider
  • Thu 21 Oct (Day 7) – Lac Maider to Zagora
  • Fri 22 Oct (Day 8) – Zagora – rest day / vehicle maintenance
  • Sat 23 Oct (Day 9) – Zagora to Lac Iriki
  • Sun 24 Oct (Day 10) – Lac Iriki to Tata
  • Mon 25 Oct (Day 11) – Tata to Agadir
  • Tue 26 Oct (Day 12) – Agadir to Marrakesh
  • Wed 27 Oct (Day 13) – Marrakesh to Moulay Bousselham
  • Thu 28 Oct (Day 14) – Moulay Bousselham to La Linea, Spain (Gibraltar)
  • Fri 29 Oct (Day 15) – La Linea to Salamanca
  • Sat 30 Oct (Day 16) – Salamanca to Santander ferry port. Depart at 15:00 hrs
  • Sun 31 Oct (Day 17) – Santander to Portsmouth, UK. Arrive at 20:00 hrs


The entry fee for this incredible adventure is from as little as £900 per person, which includes…

  • Full expedition support with mechanical, medical, recovery & communications equipment
  • Expedition Leader, French speaking Guide, Medic & Mechanic
  • 4×4 Expedition support vehicles
  • Return ferry from Spain to Morocco
  • All campsite accommodation in Morocco (with the option to upgrade to hotels)
  • Branded desert clothing
  • Vehicle graphics

3 per car – £900 per person

2 per car – £1,125 per person


3 per car – £1,000 per person

2 per car – £1,250 per person


Additional costs per car are…

  • Ferry – £760 (UK to Spain return)
  • Fuel – £166 (1,270 miles in Spain, assuming 40mpg)
  • Fuel – £280 (2,175 miles in Morocco, assuming 30mpg)
  • Tolls – £35 (Spain & Morocco)
  • Car Insurance – £90 (Morocco)
  • Camping – £15 (Spain – £5 per car per night)

Additional costs per person are…

  • Camping – £15 (Spain – £5 per person per night)
  • Food – £170 to £340 (£10 to £20 per person per day)



As for vehicle choice, there are plenty of options…


Morocco has predominantly French cars, Citroen, Peugeot and Renault, with Peugeot probably being the preferred choice. Any car ending in a ‘5’ (205, 305, 405) would be best as they are older and simpler to repair. Failing that, one ending with a ‘6’ (206, 306, 406). For teams of 3 people, our Citroen Berlingo / Peugeot Partners worked very well, being comfortable, good off road and very reliable with their 1.9 non-turbo diesel engines.


For sheer reliability, Japanese cars are the best, with the Nissan Micra K11 being a firm favourite on banger rallies. Suzuki also do some really good cars such as the Swift, but we particularly like the look of the Ignis as it already comes with 180mm ground clearance, so the suspension probably won’t need any modifications there.


Any car from the VW group, including Audi, Skoda or Seat with the 1.9 turbo diesel engine will be tough, so consider the VW Golf Mk4, Beetle, Audi A3, Skoda Fabia etc


We have loads of Fords here in the UK, with the Focus, Fiesta and Ka being very common. We like the look of the Ka, but they might be considered a little small for some.

Hatchback, Saloon or Estate?

Hatchbacks tend to be better in the sand than a saloon car or estate due to the lack of overhang front and rear.


If you can find a cheap 4×4 or SUV, then this would, be the best vehicle to take. They tend to have a higher ground clearance which is good for negotiating rocky sections and soft sand, four-wheel drive helps you in slippery conditions and their bodies and components tend to be made of stronger stuff than their saloon or hatchback equivalents.

Manual or Automatic?

Automatics can be better in slow speed conditions whereas the clutch might burn out on a manual. Manuals are simpler though and have a better chance of being fixed in the field, plus they can be bump started if your battery goes flat.

Petrol or Diesel?

Diesel is always preferred on expedition vehicles due to several reasons…

  • Fuel range tends to be better with a diesel engine
  • Low down torque helps you negotiate slow-speed sections without the need for slipping the clutch
  • Diesel fuel is safer to carry in Jerry cans


Depending on the car you choose, the following modifications may need to be done…
  • Suspension  – raised suspension will help when negotiating soft sand and rocky sections
  • Roof Rack – somewhere to carry a second spare wheel
  • Sump Guard  – protection for the engine, probably the most important modification that needs to be done