Yokohama, Japan– The luxurious INFINITI QX80 has graced auto show stages and red-carpet events, but this October it will show off the substance underneath all that style entering the storied 10-day all female navigational off-road competition, the 2020 Rebelle Rally.
Like INFINITI, the team captaining the QX80 is accomplished in the automotive world but new to the competition- Wander Women (Team 142) is comprised of Nicole Wakelin (driver) of New Hampshire and Alice Chase (navigator) of Texas. Both women are professional automotive journalists, who possess decades of driving experience on and off-road and have covered the Rebelle as journalists.
“At INFINITI, we believe that luxury should be lived in and there are few who will test that theory more than our team in the Rebelle Rally this year. 10 days navigating the desert in a QX80 will certainly showcase that our flagship SUV has as much grit as it has grace,” said Phil York, INFINITI general manager global marketing.
Rebelle Rally 2020, in its fifth year, will take place October 8-17 through the California and Nevada desert. The rally spans over 2,000 kilometers and participants will navigate using maps, a compass and a route book to find hidden checkpoints with time checks. No GPS or outside help is permitted. This year, 40 pairs of women will drive production vehicles in 4×4 and Crossover classes. Supporters will be able to follow Wander Women’s journey on INFINITI’s Twitter, Instagram and YouTube channels and www.rebellerally.com.
Alice Chase will play an important role in the competition as navigator beside Nicole Wakelin in the INFINITI QX80 as they travel 2000km of tough terrain.
“We are excited to welcome INFINITI in this year’s Rebelle Rally. As the ultimate proving ground for vehicles, we look forward to seeing the QX80 showcase its abilities through the course’s wide variety of terrain,” said Emily Miller, founder, Rebelle Rally. “The entry is a testament to our motto, ‘the vehicle in your driveway is more capable than you realize.’”
INFINITI’s participation in the 2020 Rebelle Rally in California marks its first involvement in the rigorous off-road challenge and falls under the banner of “QXploration” – where INFINITI encourages owners of the QX line-up to use the luxurious vehicle on their driveway for urban escapes and adventures. The activation follows previous expeditions in breathtaking but unforgiving terrains of the Gobi Desert and Jordan. The QX80 is sold globally, and is a favorite in regions like North America, the Middle East and Russia.