After a successful Dakar Rally, where Camelia Liparoti and co-driver Annett Fischer scored a superb second-place finish in the FIA T3 category and won the T3.1 Lightweight Prototype class, the Andalucía Rally will mark the newly-developed Side by Side’s next competitive outing. At this event, the YXZ1000R prototype will be put through its paces across one prologue and four challenging stages around the Cadiz region in Southern Spain.
Although similar in appearance to the YXZ1000R on which it is based, the prototype boasts a longer wheelbase, a new tubular chassis, reinforced and longer front and rear suspension arms, a new braking system, and includes an array of GYTR engine parts to further enhance performance.
Since the podium finish in the Dakar Rally, there have been some further developments and modifications made to the YXZ1000R prototype, to ensure it complies fully with the FIA technical regulations for the T3 class, which are slightly different compared to the regulations at the Dakar.
The team that Eric de Seynes and Camelia Liparoti will drive for, six-time Dakar winners X-raid, have been the driving force behind the YXZ1000R prototype’s development, and have long-established themselves as one of the leading Rally Raid teams over the past two decades. With 12 FIA Cross Country Rallies World Cup titles, the German outfit took a second-place finish in the Car category of the Andalucía Rally last year.
Alongside the X-raid developed prototype, several YXZ European Cup crews will also be in action at the Andalucía Rally. On offer for these participants is a wildcard entry into the 2021 SuperFinale in Portalegre, Portugal, where they will have the opportunity to compete for a range of prizes.
The Andalucía Rally, which is run by the ASO and ODC for the European round of the FIA Cross Country Rallies World Cup, is set to get underway with the prologue on 12 May, before four days of action around the Spanish countryside, starting and finishing each day in the permanent bivouac, which is located outside Villamartin.