Description of the competition

The raid was founded in 1978, after the French driver Thierry Sabine was lost in the desert of Tenerife, North Africa, for days, and considered his experience worthy of being reproduced in an international competition.

What began as an adventure in its purest form, for amateur drivers of off-road vehicles and with little organization, has evolved into the most famous international rally competition in the world, with great technological deployment, with more than two thousand people involved among organization, participants and assistance, escorted by support vehicles, trucks, helicopters and GPS navigation systems, broadcast on the television channels of the participating countries and sports programs worldwide. Where new technologies are tested for production vehicles in series, such as suspension, brakes, increased strength, for its worldwide sales promotion. With major vehicle manufacturer brands recruiting professional competitors from Japan, Sweden, Spain, Germany, Russia, to compete in ATVs and pickup trucks of the world’s leading brands, from Toyota, Nissan, Subaru, Citroën, and truck brands such as Kamaz, Volvo, Iveco, competing with each other to promote their new series production models on the international market.

Vehicles and classes

There are four main categories in the competition: cars, motorcycles, trucks and quads. In turn, each category is divided into subcategories, depending on the professional or private team, and depending on the type of vehicle (series or modified).

Many participants are amateurs and mechanics, who modify their all-terrain vehicles, and manage to obtain the sponsorship of commercial brands, which are painted on competing cars and embroidered on competition uniforms, promoted by the advertising participation of sports broadcasts, in order to participate and compete against the big manufacturers of off-road vehicles, who spend a lot of money for their presentation.

In recent years, electric vehicles have been incorporated into the raid, managing to finish it on some occasion.