in the Dakar, or a Mad Max'd version of Nissan's EV - the last of the 30kWh interceptors, if you will. What I encounter instead is very surprising indeed. It is simply a Nissan Leaf, wrapped and ready to go with just a few minor modifications.
The suspension has been raised to provide better ground clearance; a 6mm aluminium sump guard has been fitted, with plates welded to the underside of the wishbones and braided brake lines to provide a little more protection. Speedline wheels on narrow tyres will make it easier to find replacements, as Chris is only travelling with one spare. A two-pin charging adaptor which is used throughout Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia, a three phase 6.6kWh cable and caravan commando connection will keep him covered in terms of charging.
This may sound like a mad idea, but Chris is no stranger to extreme distance motoring. Having driven his Leaf from John O'Groats to Land's End and made it all the way from Edinburgh to Monaco, he sees the previous trips as training for the gruelling journey ahead.
The Mongol Rally, however, is well known for having no set route; teams must try to complete the journey however they can while driving small, sub-1,000cc Sheds - with no support vehicles - all in the name of raising money for charity. Even though the Leaf isn't considered a Shed, the organisers accepted it for showing a commitment to sustainability. Chris has thoroughly researched his route, taking him from Goodwood to Brussels, through to Vienna and Istanbul, then to Baku where they will take the ferry to Aktau in Kazakhstan. His route also includes an attempt to be the first person to drive an electric car from the most westerly point to the most easterly point in Kazakhstan, before heading to Siberia and into Mongolia.
And after the rally? There are plans for something bigger and even more daring, but Chris is tight-lipped when it comes to discussing specifics. He and his wife are currently mid-way through Europe having left Goodwood on Sunday; you can keep up to date with them via his Plug in Adventures on Facebook and Twitter.