The first step is to win the possibility to be part of 80DR thanks to our sponsors and partners. Winning the first edition would be awesome, but I’m sure we will have to compete against very well-prepared teams and the route will be very long with certainly a lot of surprises along the way, so I prefer to be prudent to answer this question.
Eric Vigouroux, Team Captain: Experienced off-road racing driver and team manager.
Alexandre Winocq, Co-captain: Experienced mechanic and co-driver in the rally raid.
A few other very loyal and experienced people in the field of rally-raid racing.
We are currently working on two different options but it’s too soon to make any announcement yet. The only thing I can tell at this point is the fact that our race vehicle will be off-road capable.
We are working on it but still too soon to make any announcement regarding this matter.
For almost 20 years, Eric Vigouroux and Alexandre Winocq took part in many events and rallies all over the world, especially in Africa with 15 participations to the Dakar Rally, but also several Master rallies in Eastern Europe, Russia, China, Mongolia, etc. They won the FIA world cup in 2012 in the two-wheels drive category among many stages and race victories over the years.
In 2014 Eric decided to put his career on hold after realizing that using combustion engines was not the future of our sport and not the future of mobility in general. He wanted to find a more sustainable way to live his passion or just put a end to his career This was when he heard about 80DR. “Hopefully it’s the new racing event I’ve been waiting for to go back behind the wheel!”
“It’s a great opportunity for me to make the demonstration that it’s possible to change the way we do things in a very short amount of time. Racing with clean electric vehicles and promote e-mobility can’t afford to wait for the next generation. It’s happening now and I want to be part of it. Taking part of the very first edition of 80DR as a pioneer is something super exciting to me. I had the exact same feeling when I took part of the first edition of the Master Rally organised by René Metge in 1999 from Moscow to Istanbul via Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan and Georgia (11000kms non stop). Certainly, one of the best adventures of my life also because it was the first one of its kind!”
80 Day Race is not necessarily an off-road race so it will be interesting to see what these off-road champions will make of it! They can’t say much about their vehicle yet only that it will be off-road capable…
“Winning the first edition would be awesome, but I’m sure we will have to compete against very well-prepared teams and the route will be very long with certainly a lot of surprises along the way, so I prefer to be prudent in this regards.”
“My main goal is to reconnect with nature as much as I can in my personal life and I’d like to find a way to do it as well when it comes to go racing across the globe.”