Taking part in the challenges of our time is an integral part of the Dakar spirit, which already witnessed the emergence in 1985, with Daniel Balavoine and Thierry Sabine, of the “Paris-Dakar, pari du cœur” aid programme. Supply of water pumps or construction of wells in African villages was continued with SOS Sahel, then in South America through the support provided to the NGO Techo in its fight against poverty and precarious housing conditions. More recently, the support given in the Middle East to the Help Center association, which cares for children with physical and mental disabilities, has enabled the Dakar to continue displaying solidarity in its actions.
The Dakar's technological dimension is a natural part of this commitment. Its unusual characteristics make it an unrivalled technological laboratory, which has regularly served as a test bed for new powertrains and safety devices. It was with this in mind that the Dakar Future program first enabled hybrid-powered cars to make their appearance and reach the performance levels of the best teams. And new avenues are opening up for technological experiments likely to transform the rally-raid landscape. The pioneering spirit of the Dakar is at the heart of the "Mission 1000" project.