REGULATION: OUR VISION FOR 2030, ACT I
Following a series of measures that have been adopted to improve safety conditions and to re-establish the importance of navigation, the organisers of the Dakar are turning their attention to preparation for the future in terms of energy. An eight-year programme has been designed to radically transform the energy landscape.
Act I, the creation of the T1-E category.
The work carried out over the two latest editions fulfils the double objective of limiting the influence of the differences in resources between the teams, thanks to distribution at the start of the special stage, and to facilitate training for those who are less experienced with the colour version of the roadbook. For the 2022 edition, all of the vehicles from the car, SSV and truck categories will be equipped with these tablets, whilst the motorbikes and quads entered in the elite category will also be able to benefit from the version that has been adapted for them.
An important safety action has been initiated which means that all bike and quad racers must wear an airbag vest, which can minimise the consequences of high-speed impact. The roll-out of this equipment has brought many benefits. The organisers are now working in collaboration with the FIM and the main manufacturers on improving the effectiveness of the vests as well as the comfort of the driver, which should also be considered.
The aim is to have 100% low-carbon vehicles in the car, SSV and truck categories by 2030. In preparation for this revolution, the rules drawn up in collaboration with the FIA take into account, from Dakar 2022, the creation of a category for prototype vehicles relying on electric motors or any technology focused on reducing carbon emissions (for example, the use of biofuels). From January 2022, this new category will be comprised in particular of vehicles made by the German manufacturer Audi.
A Continuous RAMP-UP TOWARDS 2030
Starting this year, the Dakar is getting involved in a huge programme bringing together the whole rally raid community in an effort to make sure that all of the vehicles on the grid from2030 are powered by low-emission energies.