Rally-raid is the generic term for long-distance or cross-country rallies. Unlike traditional rallies, these are not only held on roads and tracks, but mainly in open terrain. Participating vehicles are: Cars, side-by-sides, motorbikes, quads and trucks.
In the car category, the crew in the vehicle consists of two people: the driver and the navigator. The crew does not know the course of the route in advance. The co-pilot navigates on the basis of a roadbook, which shows the way by means of distance information, arrows and symbols.
Cross-Country-Marathon: Cross-Country-Marathon: The special stages of a leg must be at least 240 kilometres long. The total length must be at least 2,500 special stage kilometres.
Cross-Country-Rallies: These must not last longer than seven days (including technical and administrative scrutineering) with five competition days. A total of at least 1,200 competition kilometres must be completed.
Cross-Country-Bajas: The event may last a maximum of four days (incl. technical and administrative scrutineering and an optional qualification test) with two competition days. A minimum of 250 competition kilometres must be completed.
The Dakar Rally is the most important long-distance rally and is considered one of the last great adventures of mankind. It was held for the first time in 1978 and took place on the African continent until 2008. However, it had to be cancelled at short notice in 2008 due to terror warnings. The Dakar Rally then moved to South America in 2009. Since 2020, it has been held in Saudi Arabia.
FIA World Rally Raid Championship (W2RC)
A series organised by the FIA with marathon and cross-country rallies held around the world. Drivers, co-drivers and teams can collect points at each event. The one with the most points at the end of the season wins the world championship title.
In 2022, the Dakar is part of the series for the first time and is also the inaugural event. Other rallies include the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and the Rally du Maroc.
FIA World Cup for Cross Country Bajas
A series organised by the FIA with cross-country bajas held all over the world. Riders, co-drivers and teams can collect points at each event. The rider with the most points at the end of the season wins the title.