It is a Ford Mondeo Ghia, V6 (170 hk) with automatic transmission. The transmission is a story by itself, Ford basically took a Mazda transmission, adopted it to a Ford V6 and made it worse. It is currently missing the second gear, but has done that for a long time. The car has been on a longer trip before, to Murmansk and back, see http://www.roadtomurmansk.com
It currently has 267889 km on the meter, it has rust, now runs on E85 and I hope it will survive the trip.
Just before the trip it got a oil change and filter, new front wheel bearings, tow bar and some of the rust fixed.