Jeddah: The Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) – a sports entity that supports and supervises motorsport activities in Saudi Arabia – has expressed its full support for “Dakar Future”, a transformative energy transition plan dedicated to fostering green innovation in the world of rally raids.
Spearheaded by the Dakar Rally, “Dakar Future” aims to ensure that, by 2030, all participants involved in the event utilise low-emissions vehicles, and that emissions related to the logistics of the organisation are also reduced significantly.
The programme, first announced after Stage 9 of the 2021 edition of the Dakar Rally held in NEOM, Saudi Arabia, aligns with NEOM’s unveiling of THE LINE, a revolution in urban life that promises carbon positive residential developments powered by 100 per cent clean energy.
The Dakar Rally will be using future events as an “open-air laboratory” to stimulate, test and validate the technical advances made by the constructors to ensure that the race vehicles of today are the production vehicles of tomorrow.
Next year’s edition will see the launch of a new T1-E category for low-carbon emission prototypes. By 2026, all the vehicles driven by Elite competitors in the car and truck categories of the Dakar Rally will be subject to new ultra-low emission standards.
After a few years, the technology is expected to enable amateur competitors to obtain vehicles that meet the same environmentally friendly standards. Therefore, by 2030, both car and truck categories will be fully powered by alternative energy with zero emissions.