In losing their points of reference, the Gazelles discover their true values. They have the freedom to choose their own route. In addition, the Rallye's concept in unique: participants must drive the shortest distance to win. Eco-driving is encouraged and rewarded.
The Gazelles have to reach the predefined check points along their course in the least number of kilometres, rather than in the least amount of time. They may choose to drive around a mountain or to cross over it, to drive through the dunes or to avoid them...
They are provided with a "Road Book" for the day’s course. This extremely succinct document contains only the geographic coordinates, headings and distances of the day’s check points and finish line.
With the help of a compass and a 1:100,000 scale map, they plot their route and plan their itinerary.
One course, designed specifically for the capacities of Crossover vehicles, is reserved for the exclusive use of this type of vehicle.
Dividing the vehicles among different courses makes it harder for them to follow each other, which is strictly prohibited during the competition.
The competition begins at dawn, with successive starts every two minutes. An average day of competition is 10 to 13 hours long.
The rankings are obtained by calculating the extra kilometres driven (distance driven between check points minus distance as the crow flies) and penalty kilometres for any check points not reached.
The winning team is that with the least number of kilometres.
The Rallye is completely off-road, its course redesigned every year...