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Nissan France girls racing a Navara in the Rebelle Rally

Karen and Florence are driving a Navara Double Cab model and competing for the Bone Stock Award

Two employees from Nissan France; Karen Rayrolles and Florence Pham are currently driving in the Rebelle Rally.

This annual week-long stage-race is a 2,000 km test of driving and navigation skill through the stunning deserts of California and Nevada, USA.

Designed for production vehicles rather than rally-prepared racers, the event is open to women-only teams of two and attracts competitors from across the globe. It incorporates long-distance off-road driving and traditional navigation, using only topographic maps and a compass, to find hidden checkpoints. GPS devices including smartphones are strictly forbidden, and time limits force competitors to make swift decisions.

Nissan Navara

It’s the second year the rally has run and 40 teams from 12 countries are taking part using vehicles from a variety of manufacturers.

Karen commented: “The Navara’s tough and smart character makes it the perfect choice for the Rebelle Rally and we’re thrilled to be taking part in this amazing event. Anyone can track our progress via the live link at www.rebellerally.com or at www.nissan.fr

Karen and Florence are using a Navara Double Cab model and competing for the Bone Stock Award. This category is open to teams using standard vehicles where the only modification is a set of off-road tyres.

The Double Cab will be perfectly at home on the sand dunes and dirt tracks of the desert. The epitome of tough and smart, this Navara blends go-anywhere ability with the latest driver assistance technologies. The result is a level of refinement, style, comfort and quality that’s on a par with Nissan’s acclaimed family of crossovers – the Juke, Qashqai and X-Trail.

The Navara Double Cab’s five-link rear suspension is unique in its segment, and delivers an exceptional driving experience without compromising off-road or payload capability. Power comes from a refined 2.3-litre 190 PS twin-turbo diesel engine, which delivers outstanding performance and torque of up to 450 Nm at 1,500-2,500 rpm. When linked to a six-speed manual transmission, official Combined Cycle fuel economy and CO2 emissions figures are 6.3 l/100km and 167 g/km – a best-in-class performance.

Nissan Navara

The vehicle’s list of equipment will definitely come in useful during the Rebelle Rally. Intelligent Around View Monitor assists with safe low-speed manoeuvres in tight spots, while Intelligent Emergency Braking will help should other competitors unexpectedly cross the Navara’s path.

Hill Start Assist and Hill Decent Control will create a safe and smooth drive through the dunes, though the NissanConnect seven-inch infotainment system – including satellite navigation – will have to remain switched off under the strict rules!

The Navara is the latest in a long and highly successful line of rugged Nissan pickups stretching back more than 80 years and 12 generations.

Globally Nissan has sold more than 14 million pickups since 1934. The Navara is not sold in North America, where Nissan’s three-strong pickup range is the Frontier, Titan and Titan XD.

About the author: Dan Tye

Dan came up with the idea for Adventure 52 after meeting so many like-minded people who love all kinds of adventure activities. He started out as pilot in the RAF, has worked as a ski instructor and has spent the past 12 years as an editor and journalist for motorcycling, aviation and adventure magazines.