The 2022 Rebelle Rally will traverse 2,580 Kilometers across remote portions of California and Nevada, kicking off on the shores of Lake Tahoe Thursday, October 6th.
September 28, 2022 (Reno, NV) – On Thursday October 6th, the 7th Edition of the Rebelle Rally will kick off with Tech Inspection at Incline Village and Lake Tahoe. 55 teams will take part in the longest competitive off-road rally in the United States. The Rebelle is also the first all-women’s off-road navigation rally in America.
The ten-day event includes eight stages and covers 2,580 kilometers (1,600+ miles) of America’s finest off-road terrain across Nevada and California. The endurance competition is based on precision driving and navigating – not fastest speed. The competition is innovative and unique, using maps, compass, roadbooks, and strategy – known as Rebelle Format. GPS and other electronic devices such as cell phones are strictly prohibited and sealed for eight days.
This year, teams hail from 94 cities, 24 states and provinces, and five countries. Each team consists of a driver, navigator, and their vehicle, with no personal support crews allowed. Competitors range in age from 23 to 74 years old. 54 competitors are returning Rebelles and 56 are new to the rally. Due to the challenging format, a Rookie of the Year trophy is awarded to the highest ranking team in each class with two competitors who have not previously competed in the rally.
By design, the Rebelle Rally competition vehicles are stock manufacturer trucks and SUVs – not tube chassis race cars. There are two classes – 4×4 and X-Cross™. This year there are 47 4×4 entries which are defined as four-wheel drive with a two-speed transfer case and eight X-Cross™ vehicles from the popular AWD and Crossover SUV segment.
Historically, the highest number of vehicle entries are Jeep Wranglers. This year there are 18 Jeeps entered representing both privateer and manufacturer teams. 11 Toyotas, including three manufacturer teams of Toyota engineers, six Ford Broncos including a team sisters returning for their third rally in their vintage 1969 Bronco. One Nissan XTerra is entered, and four Land Rover teams including a Defender 110 HSE, two 90’s Defenders, and one LR4. A Lexus GX 460, Ram Rebel, Mercedes G550, Rivian R1T, the new R1S, the Mobius from Kenya and the first Isuzu Vehicross in the competition rounds out this large class.
Eight entries complete the X-Cross™ class for all-wheel drive and two-wheel drive vehicles. Five manufacturers are fielding entries along with three privateers. Vehicles include the Ford Bronco Sport that took 1st in class in 2021, the Kia Sportage X-Pro, Honda Pilot TrailSport, BMW X5, Hyundai Santa Cruz, and Subaru Outback. The all-new Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition is being fielded by Nissan who has entered the rally every year since the launch in 2016.
Electrified Designation Grows
The mission of the Rebelle Rally is to provide a proving ground for people, products, and stock manufacturer vehicles, and this applies to electrified vehicles as well. The Electrified Designation launched in 2020 and returns in 2022 with seven vehicles participating. The remote, long-distance course puts EVs, PHEVs and hybrids to the test competing head-to-head against the ICEVs in either the 4×4 or X-Cross® Class. The rally goes further by working with Renewable Innovations to rapid charge the vehicles with renewable hydrogen power. The byproduct? Clean water.
EVs include the Rivian R1T (returning for the third year) and the Rivian R1S. Two Toyota Tundra hybrids are also entered along with three PHEV Jeep Wrangler 4xe vehicles. The Electrified Jeep 4xe took both 1st and 2nd place in 2021.
The course is kept confidential to the competitors, however this year’s rally course will consist of four basecamps and one Marathon where teams self-camp without mechanical assistance. Traditionally, the route is carefully designed to cover a wide range of terrain types, vistas and elevation changes – from high mountain passes, high desert and stunning valleys to the vast Mojave Desert. The final stage takes place on Friday, October 14th in the famed Imperial Sand Dunes (Glamis), the largest sand dune complex in the United States.
The Rebelle Rally Live Webcast Presented by Toyota starts Friday, Oct. 7th with multiple shows daily. Follow along each stage via social media, live tracking, real time scoring, and daily updates at www.rebellerally.com.