SAN DIEGO – After 10 days, 1,600 miles and innumerable coffees, Sedona Blinson and Leah Heffelfinger crossed the end line of the third-annual Rebelle Rally behind the wheel of “Babe,” a 2018 Nissan Armada1. The work-from-home moms completed a formidable 11th out of 41 whole entries, out-performing 30 off-road opponents.
The 2018 Rebelle Rally, the one ladies’s off-road navigation rally in america, is a 10-day off-road journey that started Oct. 11 in Lake Tahoe and concluded Oct. 20 in San Diego.
“Wealthy in off-road heritage, we felt Armada was a great automobile to navigate by the gorgeous and difficult terrains of the Rebelle Rally – and Group Wild Grace made us proud,” stated Tiago Castro, director of vehicles and SUVs, Nissan North America. “Congratulations to Leah and Sedona, and thanks for displaying the world how succesful and cozy the Armada actually is.”
“Babe” competed within the Bonestock class – created for inventory, unmodified autos to supply a platform throughout the Four×Four and Crossover lessons. Heffelfinger famous that fellow opponents initially have been shocked to see the Armada alongside different 4×4 Bonestock entries, however by the tip, individuals had a “newfound respect” for the Armada’s capabilities.
“The Bonestock class was designed to show that the automobile in your driveway is extra succesful than you suppose it’s, and the Armada proved precisely that,” stated Heffelfinger, an adventure-seeker from California who now resides in Flagstaff, Ariz. “‘Babe’ proved to be a powerhouse, dominating whoops, crawling up massive and rocky hill climbs with ease in Four-Low. The truth that we got here in 11th of 41 autos proves the Armada is each bit as succesful as its opponents.”
Competitors days have been lengthy and difficult, starting at dawn and infrequently lasting nicely previous sundown with few breaks in between. Group Wild Grace stated the shortened checkpoint time restraints made this yr’s Rally particularly difficult.
For Blinson – a veteran navigator who has now accomplished her third Rebelle Rally – in the future stood out among the many relaxation.
“In Glamis (California), there was a very lengthy, washed-out part of dunes the place the Armada really confirmed its agility,” stated Blinson. “After getting the tire strain good, the Armada powered up and glided down big dunes with ease, and the V8 engine offered a ton of energy, permitting Babe to drift within the sand. I actually appreciated having a bit longer wheelbase than opponents, in addition to the unbiased entrance and rear suspension.”
Whereas the automobile’s capacity to forge by sand and crawl over rocks was essential for finishing the mission, Group Wild Grace stated ‘little luxuries’ contained in the cabin of the 2018 Armada additionally helped push them to the end line. They famous the spacious inside, Distant Engine Begin System, energy liftgate and entrance and rear seat heaters as facilities that made the journey extra comfy.
Per the rally’s guidelines, no digital gadgets have been permitted aside from rudimentary digital cameras – which means groups had to make use of maps and a compass as they weaved their method by a few of the most scenic and difficult terrain America has to supply.
“Since we have been unable to make the most of the cameras on the automobile, the tilting aspect mirrors have been particularly useful,” stated Blinson. “The massive quantity of enclosed area was additionally unbelievable – even with an additional spare tire we had greater than sufficient room, and the Armada was comfy for each driver and navigator. We had no worries of driver fatigue or the navigator needing to work in a good area with massive maps and kit.”
By the tip of the 10-day marathon, Blinson and Heffelfinger departed San Diego understandably exhausted however already wanting ahead to subsequent yr’s competitors.
“I am nonetheless in shock that I’ve now accomplished my second Rally – one thing I by no means thought I might do in any respect, not to mention twice,” stated Heffelfinger. “I am pleased with how we did, and I’m so happy to have accomplished the Rally within the Armada.”
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Concerning the 2019 Nissan Armada
Now coming into its third yr, the second-generation Nissan Armada continues to set information. With no indicators of this gross sales momentum slowing down, Armada provides to its listing of ordinary tools throughout all grade ranges for the 2019 mannequin yr, together with Rear Door Alert, Clever Cruise Management (ICC), Computerized Emergency Braking (AEB) and Clever Ahead Collision Warning (I-FCW).
Because the flagship of Nissan’s increasing lineup of SUVs and crossovers, Armada options eight-passenger seating, a 5.6-liter Endurance® V8 with best-in-class1 customary 390 horsepower and customary towing capability of eight,500 kilos for each 4WD and 2WD fashions (when correctly geared up).
The most important and strongest automobile within the SUV and crossover portfolio, Armada earns its flagship standing by each measure – whether or not efficiency, refinement, superior expertise and even heritage. The second-generation Armada design traces again to considered one of Nissan’s most beloved world off-road autos, the Patrol. Whereas Armada is meant primarily for household adventures in North America, Armada homeowners will profit from its underpinnings as a powerful, sturdy and genuine full-size SUV with ruggedness to spare.
Concerning the Rebelle Rally
The Rebelle Rally is an occasion with a singular problem and scoring system the place exact navigation, not pace, is the last word aim. Members commerce in cell telephones and GPS for old-school navigation in a contest with the weather of time, distance, headings, and hidden checkpoints. Armed with simply maps, compasses, and roadbooks, as much as 50 groups of two will probably be pushed to their limits as they make their method throughout 2,500+ kilometers of Nevada and California’s iconic terrain. Coming into its third yr, thus far the Rebelle Rally has hosted opponents from 139 cities, 35 states/provinces, and seven international locations.
About Nissan North America
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About Nissan Motor Co.
Nissan is a worldwide full-line automobile producer that sells greater than 60 fashions underneath the Nissan, INFINITI and Datsun manufacturers. In fiscal yr 2017, the corporate bought 5.77 million autos globally, producing income of 11.9 trillion yen. On April 1, 2017, the corporate launched into Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, a six-year plan focusing on a 30% improve in annualized revenues to 16.5 trillion yen by the tip of fiscal 2022, together with cumulative free money circulation of two.5 trillion yen. As a part of Nissan M.O.V.E. to 2022, the corporate plans to increase its management in electrical autos, symbolized by the world’s best-selling all-electric automobile in historical past, the Nissan LEAF. Nissan’s world headquarters in Yokohama, Japan, manages operations in six areas: Asia & Oceania; Africa, the Center East & India; China; Europe; Latin America; and North America. Nissan has partnered with French producer Renault since 1999 and bought a 34% stake in Mitsubishi Motors in 2016. Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi is immediately the world’s largest automotive partnership, with mixed gross sales of greater than 10.6 million autos in calendar yr 2017.
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