The regulation of Dakar 2022, fruit of the work of several years of restructuring the discipline together with the FIA and END, it will also apply to the other tests of the World Rally Raid.
Coupled with the double desire to be part of an energy transition movement and to maintain suspense throughout the season, there is a permanent search for equity and security.
GET POINTS TO THE END
To ensure that the battle is intense throughout the year in the FIA and FIM World Rally Raid, the Dakar regulations now allow a driver or crew to start a stage without having completed in its entirety the route of the previous one.
Therefore, and in exchange for a strong penalty that will prevent fighting for the top positions in the general classification, any pilot can continue in the race and continue to accumulate points in the stages, for example with the idea of continuing in the fight for the title of world champion.
The formula Dakar Experience It is thus extended to the entire roster of competitors with similar limits: that no more than three days pass before rejoining the race, that no more than three stages are left unfinished and that there is a favorable opinion from the medical services.
CARS AND TRUCKS WITH ELECTRONIC ROADBOOK
The concept of navigation in the Dakar was completely renewed with the arrival of color in roadbooks and its distribution just before the start of the special stages, decisions already generalized last January.
In the Dakar of 2021, some "tablets" with the electronic version of the roadbook. This year, those devices will replace paper and will be included in all vehicles.
THE NEW CLASSES
S1-ULTIMATE, THE ROAD TO THE FUTURE: The prospect of a car grid composed of vehicles with alternative motorization for elite drivers from 2026 is confirmed with the creation of the T1-U category. Despite the restricted number of vehicles in its first year, it is destined to develop rapidly thanks to the participation of a large number of manufacturers and preparers eager to take on the challenge of the Dakar Future.
T1 +, A PUGNA IN EQUAL CONDITIONS: The desire to promote balance between the various front-line vehicles has led the Dakar sports teams to amend the technical regulations of the T1 category in collaboration with the representatives of the FIA. To match the performance of the buggies, the 4 × 4 prototypes can be equipped with wider and taller wheels, as well as work with the suspension travel.
T3 / T4, LIGHT VEHICLES IN TWO GROUPS: Lightweight buggies are the booming format of rally raid, as they allow access to prestigious races on a relatively controlled budget and facilitate the transition of motorcyclists to the car. In order to distinguish between these highly varied performance vehicles, it has been decided to divide them into two categories. The T4s, which retain the SSV designation, are buggies very close to the series model marketed by the manufacturer. In the T3 category, that of lightweight prototypes, performance can be increased through more substantial modifications (air intake flange, chassis, etc.).
RALLY GP FOR ELITE MOTORCYCLES: A list of first-line pilots, many of them within official structures constitute the elite of the discipline according to the model of the MotoGP, the queen category in the circuits. For their part, the other pilots will compete in the category Rally 2 in the different corresponding classes.
The measures taken in 2021 to slow down and reduce the risk of a serious accident will continue to apply. For example, the speed control zones in some sections that represent a danger and Speeding will be penalized accordingly. The obligation that motorcycles and quads incorporate the airbag vest part of the base of the technical advances of the manufacturers that commercialize them.
In collaboration with the FIM, the Dakar teams carried out a reflection exercise on the helmet design and they proceeded to draft a new technical regulation. One of the temporary measures is to impose a 1,1 kg minimum weight for helmets, leaving out certain ultralight helmets whose level of protection has ended up being considered insufficient.