The Africa Eco Race features a variety of categories and subcategories. Regarding the RACE, these include motorcycles, quads, cars (T1 and T2), SSVs (T3 and T4), as well as trucks (T5).




The AUTO category comprises a diverse range of vehicles specially designed for rally-raid. They offer a combination of power, maneuverability, and durability to tackle the most challenging terrains encountered during these extreme competitions.

T1: This category encompasses modified off-road vehicles and prototypes. It is subdivided based on the number of driven wheels (two or four) and the type of fuel used (petrol or diesel). Vehicles in this class are often the most high-performance and spectacular in the competition.

T2: Comprising series-production off-road vehicles, the T2 category is subdivided based on the type of fuel used, whether petrol or diesel. These vehicles are built on commercial platforms and are less modified than the prototypes in the T1 category.

EXPERIMENTAL GROUP: Alternative energy vehicles: electric, with photovoltaic cells, hybrids...

OPEN GROUP: All-terrain vehicles

AER OPEN GROUP: The Organizing Committee reserves the right to refuse any crew in this category. The vehicle must be equipped with a minimum of roll cages, bucket seats, approved harnesses, and fuel tanks. Upon registration, a complete dossier with supporting photos must be submitted to the organization.



This category has become the centerpiece of the Africa Eco Race. Experienced riders behind the wheels of various engine displacements set off every year with the ambition to cross Africa and reach the finish line at Lac Rose in Dakar.

Here are the details of the categories for motorcycles:

  • Category 1: 450 cc
  • Category 2: +450 cc
  • Category 3: Multicylinder: +650 to 1000 cc
  • Category 4: Multicylinder: +1000 cc
  • Class 5: Experimental
  • Category 6: Quad

    Group G - Competition Quad: Powered by the action of two wheels (2-wheel drive)
    Group H - Competition Quad: Powered by the action of four wheels (4-wheel drive)

Class 1: Female
Class 2: Junior (-25 years)
Class 3: Veteran (+45 years)
Class 4: Malle Moto / Motul Xtreme Rider
Class 5: Rookie Rider by Acerbis

OPEN Category
Frame: Free material excluding Titanium. The use of TITANIUM is prohibited for the frame, front fork, wheel axles, suspension axles.
The engine is unrestricted.



In recent years, a distinct category has emerged in the world of rally-raid: SSVs. These lightweight two-seater vehicles, equipped with four-wheel drive systems that can be disengaged, have quickly established themselves as the new masters of sandy terrains, and for various reasons.

T3: Vehicles in the T3 group offer a balance between performance, agility, and cost, making them appealing to drivers and teams participating in rally raid races. They represent an intermediate category between modified production vehicles (T2) and highly specialized vehicles (T1, T4, etc.), thus providing a competitive opportunity for a broader range of participants.

T4: The T4 group refers to modified all-terrain "Side by Side" vehicles. These vehicles, often called SSVs (for "Side by Side Vehicle"), are two-seater off-road vehicles positioned side by side, also known as off-road buggies or UTVs (Utility Task Vehicle).

These vehicles are modified to meet the requirements of rally-raid races and are governed by specific rules outlined in Appendix J of the International Automobile Federation (FIA), particularly Article 286A.

Vehicles in the T4 group are popular in rally-raid races due to their agility, maneuverability, and ability to navigate through various terrains while offering reliable performance.

XTREME RACE SSV GROUP: SSVs in the XTREME RACE SSV category must adhere to the following minimum weights:

Naturally aspirated SSVs: 825 kg

SSVs without turbocharged engines and with engine capacities exceeding 1000 cc up to 2 liters: minimum 1150 kg and maximum outer tire diameter: 32 inches
(Regulation under preparation)

Turbocharged SSVs: 925 kg




T5: The T5 group encompasses trucks specially designed to tackle the challenging and varied conditions of rally raids. These trucks are often custom-made vehicles, built for optimal performance in extreme environments such as deserts and dunes.

Submitted on Wed, 04/03/2024 - 11:44