Teams will consist of at least two people: the Team Captain will travel the entire distance of the race and the Vice Captain can be changed during the stopovers.
Teams may change vehicles at the stopovers, but all vehicles need to be approved by 80 Day Race before the start of the race.
The vehicles are allowed to cross water sections via publicly available ferries and/or trains, up to a maximum distance of 200km per crossing.
‘With 80 Day Race we start a great new adventure and what better place to start this adventure than Paris? Paris is associated with great adventures, be it the first Peking to Paris race in 1907, or the New York to Paris Atlantic flight by Charles Lindbergh.
‘Now with all the challenges of the modern day, Paris has its sights on the future. 80 Day Race is a modern day adventure, pioneering new possibilities created by new technology. Great adventures have always inspired people and that is exactly what we aim to do. When we inspire the future generation, the future can be bright and clean!’
Frank Manders, co-founder and general director of 80 Day Race
A lasting legacy
Hubert Auriol, three-time Dakar Rally winner and organiser of the China Grand Rally, has joined 80 Day Race.
‘When I first heard about 80 Day Race, I had the same feeling as 30 years ago when Thierry Sabine announced he would organise a new race between Paris and Dakar. A crazy thought at first, but it happened and it’s still alive! At that time, I knew I had to participate and I did. It changed my life.
‘80 Day Race represents the same adventurous challenge, but it’s updated to what concerns us all today and that’s the climate change. The event will be a great race with the aim to accelerate clean technology.
‘The winner, who first arrives back in Paris, will leave an ever-lasting legacy by proving that e-mobility holds the future of transportation, the future for our and the next generations.’
Hubert Auriol, three-time Dakar Rally winner and organiser of the China Grand Rally
80 Day Race’s organisers are now preparing to secure seven other major cities. In cooperation with the city of Paris, a pre-event will be organised in spring 2016 to present the participating teams and vehicles and offer a taste of the education programme.
Click here for more information about the race, including FAQs and the international ambassadors who’ve pledged their commitment to the race.