Mar 27, 2016
The Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles 2016 in Morocco, the world’s only off-road event exclusively for women has started. The around 160 competing teams can now look forward to the challenge of ten days in the desert.
Among them: four teams from Mercedes-Benz Vans, at the wheel of a Sprinter 4×4 and a Vito 4x4s
The gazelles with the star
The eight gazelles qualified to take part after a tough selection process. The decisive factors were: physical fitness, knowledge of French, driving skills and technical know-how.
Mercedes-Benz rally vans
The rally is taking the teams across 2500 kilometres of scree fields, dried-out river beds and the dunes of the Sahara. Thus the teams rely on Mercedes-Benz all-wheel-drive vans.
Drivetrain, engine and vehicle electronics are near to production standard with just some slight modifications. These include: roll cages, underbody protection, bucket seats and special tyres.
Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles
From Erfoud, in the east of Morocco, the teams head west to Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Their final destination is the port city of Essaouira. The rally is divided into six stages, including two marathon legs each over two days with overnight stops in the desert. It is not speed that counts, but completing the individual stages with as few kilometres as possible on the clock. The special challenge: the teams are only allowed to use a map and compass for navigation.
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