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This is big news! We're going to see the R1T going all out in the Rebelle Rally in October! The R1T is competing in the in the 4×4 Class and will be driven by 2-time Rebelle Rally champions Emme Hall and Rebecca Donagh!

The Rally goes from October 8-17 and covers 2,000 km of racing across Nevada and California!


August 17, 2020 (Reno, NV) – The Rebelle Rally announces the exciting addition of the Electrified Designation for electric manufacturer vehicles taking part in the fifth anniversary edition of the endurance off-road competition.

The Rebelle Rally is the longest competitive off-road navigation rally in the United States. The remote rally will take place over 10 days and 2,000 kilometers of stunning roads, dirt roads, trails, dunes and designated open off-highway vehicle areas across Nevada and California. Teams of two – a driver and navigator – turn in their cell phones, GPS and Internet enabled devices and navigate their way to checkpoints of varying degrees of difficulty using only a compass, maps, and roadbooks. It is not a race for speed but precision driving and navigating.

Designed as the ultimate proving ground for stock manufacturer vehicles, there are two classes – 4×4 and Crossover. Minimal modifications are allowed. This year, the organization has worked diligently to launch the Electrified Designation – an authentic challenge for electric (EV), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV) and hybrids. The EV and PHEV teams do not compete in a separate class, but directly in their intended class with allowances for on course rapid charging. 2020 is designed as a test of the program with a limited number of vehicles debuting.

“Since we first envisioned the Rebelle Rally, we knew it would be the ultimate true test of electrified vehicles available to consumers and we have worked tirelessly to make this happen,” explained Emily Miller, the rally’s founder. “Providing battery-based mobile rapid charging on course allows these vehicles to compete in the standard classes, an exciting and important component of the Electrified Designation.”

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The highly anticipated all-electric Rivian R1T is entered in the 4×4 Class and will be piloted by 2-time Rebelle Rally champions Emme Hall and Rebecca Donaghe. “Adventures like the Rebelle Rally are what Rivian vehicles are made for. It’s meaningful to join as the rally’s first all-electric vehicle,” noted Rivian Creative Director Larry Parker.

Mitsubishi returns to the Rebelle for its second year fielding the new Outlander PHEV in the Crossover Class. “Rebelle Rally shows us what is possible when we have the courage and ambition to do more with the cars in our driveway, and we need that inspiration now more than ever,” said Mitsubishi Motors North America Chief Operating Officer Mark Chaffin. “We are thrilled to continue our support for Team Record the Journey this year with the world’s best-selling plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, and to continue to prove our legacy of quality, dependability and reliability.”

Powering the Electrified Program

The Rebelle Rally is partnered with Power Innovations, the industry leader in the development and deployment of consumer and corporate green power solutions, including challenging and rugged conditions like the Rally. The Utah-based company will provide all the power for the base camp, as well as on-course BEV 175 KW fast charging.

“We have a history of accepting challenges that have never been done before – things that a lot of people classify as unrealistic. These challenges push us as individuals and as a company to do hard things. Challenges that will make a positive difference for us all. This challenge should help us all rethink the possibilities of BEV and H2 as we commit to a green future without limits,” noted Robert Mount, President and CEO of Power Innovations.

The Rebelle Rally is a remote, outdoor event with no spectators or outside assistance. To follow along, viewers can watch the live webcast at www.rebellerally.com October 8-17, 2020.

 

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I watched some of the race last year and it's got some great drivers. I highly recommend that everyone checks it out this year. Here's some highlights from the race.

 

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There's going to be some interesting vehicles competing in this year's rally. Ford is sending a couple of Bronco Sports and Lexus is sending this J201 concept based on the LX570.


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The rally officially starts tomorrow! Here's how you can tune in to follow the R1T!

FOLLOW ONLINE!

LIVE WEBCAST
The webcast will go live multiple times per day including start, finish, and on course locations as connection allows. Feel free to set your notifications and watch for the schedule. The live webcast can be found on the homepage of www.rebellerally.com / www.facebook.com/rebellerally &
www.youtube.com/rebellerally.

LIVE VEHICLE TRACKING: Download the app "YB Races" to follow the action from your phones, or on your desktop via www.rebellerally.com/live. We are Team Killer Watt #140!

DAILY UPDATES: Daily updates are emailed from the rally. Sign up for the daily updates online at www.rebellerally.com (bottom of the page).

SOCIAL MEDIA: Follow along on Instagram, Instagram Stories, Facebook, and Twitter. Social Handles - @RebelleRally.

http://instagr.am/p/CGBrL4Ghglx/
 

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Emme & Rebecca in a podcast. Looks like there in an embargo until the end of the rally about sharing her review.
 

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It turns out that the UI setup in the Rivian's competing were not at 100%:

“Is it a little late in the game for their UI to not be finished yet? The Rebelle Rally contestants said in an interview that they still had to jury-rig physical buttons and stuff in place of touchscreen UI controls because it wasn’t 100% yet. Not sure if it’s mostly there but just untested, or if all we’ve ever seen is demo mode UI. Has anybody actually seen video with what actually looks like functioning UI in a truck that’s actually outside and driving?”
 

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It turns out that the UI setup in the Rivian's competing were not at 100%:

“Is it a little late in the game for their UI to not be finished yet? The Rebelle Rally contestants said in an interview that they still had to jury-rig physical buttons and stuff in place of touchscreen UI controls because it wasn’t 100% yet. Not sure if it’s mostly there but just untested, or if all we’ve ever seen is demo mode UI. Has anybody actually seen video with what actually looks like functioning UI in a truck that’s actually outside and driving?”
What we also don't know is if the reason they had to make those changes is due to the rally rules. Any sort of GPS for example is a big no no. Id wait for Rivians video review after the rally and hope that they address what changes they made specifically to enter the rally.
 

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It turns out that the UI setup in the Rivian's competing were not at 100%:

“Is it a little late in the game for their UI to not be finished yet? The Rebelle Rally contestants said in an interview that they still had to jury-rig physical buttons and stuff in place of touchscreen UI controls because it wasn’t 100% yet. Not sure if it’s mostly there but just untested, or if all we’ve ever seen is demo mode UI. Has anybody actually seen video with what actually looks like functioning UI in a truck that’s actually outside and driving?”
My understanding was the vehicle Emme and Rebecca tested in the dunes prior to the start of the Rally was a very late version prototype. More advanced than the vehicles we see in The Long Way Up but still proto. As an example, I remember Emme mentioning in a podcast that ride height selection was not available in the UI for their test vehicle. The truck they are actually using for the rally is supposed to be the first off the production line and ride height adjustment is in the UI. That’s at least how I understood it.
 
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