Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation expresses support for “future of Dakar” ahead of Dakar rally return in 2022

JEDDAH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia: The Saudi Automobile and Motorcycle Federation (SAMF) – a leading sports entity that supports and oversees motorsport activities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia – expressed its more great support for “Dakar Future”, a transformative energy transition plan dedicated to promoting green innovation in the world of rally raids.

Led by the Dakar Rally, “Dakar Future” aims to ensure that, by 2030, all participants involved in the event use low-emission vehicles, and that emissions related to the organization’s logistics are also reduced. in a significative way.

Sustainability program – which was first announced after Stage 9 of the 2021 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% energy. Here, around one million inhabitants will be connected via a 170 km belt of communities in a completely natural environment, without cars or streets, stretching 460 km along the Red Sea coast.

The Dakar Rally will use future events as an “open-air laboratory” to stimulate, test and validate the technical advances of manufacturers to make today’s racing vehicles the production vehicles of tomorrow.

For example, next year’s edition, 2022, will see the launch of a new T1-E category for low-carbon prototypes.

By 2026, all vehicles driven by Elite competitors in the Dakar Rally car and truck categories will be subject to new ultra-low emissions standards.

After a few years, the technology should allow amateur competitors to obtain vehicles meeting the same environmental standards. Therefore, by 2030, car and truck classes will be fully powered by zero-emission alternative energy.

Commenting on the positioning of the Dakar rally with the Saudi vision of 2030, HRH Prince Khalid Bin Sultan Al Abdullah Al Faisal, President of SAMF, said: to the unlimited support of the guardian of the two holy mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and of HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

“We are also grateful for the confidence of HRH Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal, Saudi Minister of Sports, and the dedication to Vision 2030 to develop and support these exciting innovations, which have become the norm during the construction of the city. by NEOM. . Not only will it be one of the smartest cities in the world, but it is also set to become a spectacular and eco-friendly tourist destination for the whole world. HRH Prince Khalid added: “What makes us particularly proud of this plan for a more sustainable future is that it comes at the same time as the announcement of the first phase of NEOM, made by HRH the Crown Prince. . This is only a small part of the forward-thinking, ambitious and wise vision of leading our Kingdom, an ongoing effort to ensure a bright future and prosperity for all citizens. “Dakar Future” aims not only to ensure that all participants involved in the event use low-emission vehicles, but that emissions related to the organization’s logistics are also significantly reduced. This includes temporary accommodation camps powered 100% by renewable energy, shipping, the use of recyclable materials and a number of other factors directly or indirectly related to the event.

Part of Vision 2030, which is dedicated to investing in people and striving for development, progress and prosperity, is to secure new sources of energy, as outlined by the Economic and Development Affairs Council.


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