And it'll be doing it completely stock.
Rallies are tough endurance events at the best of times, but when you have no access to electronic devices of any sort for navigation or guidance, the challenge is twice as great. However, that's exactly what the Rebelle Rally, an all-women off-road event, is all about. All you get to use are traditional forms of navigation like paper maps and a compass, so a modified Nissan Frontier or a toughened Lexus LX would seem ideal. If you're gonna go with a stock vehicle, something like a Jeep Wrangler or a Ford Bronco would likely be a good choice, but two ladies are opting for a Kia Telluride for this year's event.
The ladies taking on this challenge are Alyssa Roenigk - senior writer for ESPN and the first American driver to win the Aicha des Gazelle Rally in Morocco - and Sabrina Howells, an actress and experienced rally participant who has raced in two previous editions of the Rebelle. The two 'Telluriders', as they are being affectionately referred to, are entering in the Bone Stock crossover class. The rally itself is held in the deserts of California and Nevada and will cover 1,500 miles in eight days. It starts today in Lake Tahoe on October 8 and will end on October 16 in the Imperial Sand Dunes.
Sean Yoon, the president and CEO of Kia Motors North America, had this to say: "The Telluride is one of our most successful vehicles ever and the Rebelle Rally is a real test of its capability, durability and versatility. We expect it to perform extremely well and will be cheering on Alyssa and Sabrina as they take on this tough challenge."
Kia is also part-sponsoring the event and is providing a Seltos as a support vehicle. In addition, Kia will be providing refreshments at one of the most remote stops on the course. Of course, all of this will be moot if the Telluride breaks down, but we're confident that the luxurious SUV will perform well.