A Polaris RZR Pro XP Is Set to Battle 2021 Dakar Off-Road Race

The race will take place on January 3, 2021

Polaris RZR Pro XP Dakar

RZR Factory Racing takes on Dakar, equipped with a fully loaded RZR Pro XP

The Polaris factory team will take on the 2021 Dakar rally – January 3, 2021 through January 15, 2021 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia with a factory-backed RZR Pro XP. Dakar is one of the most demanding, grueling and dangerous race series in the world. The Polaris team will race in the T4 class. This is Polaris’ first time officially competing in the rally. They will be racing using the RZR Pro XP platform,

“The successes and lessons learned from racing accelerate product innovation. Allowing us to continue delivering a category-defining product for our dedicated customers,” said Steven Menneto, president of Polaris Off-Road.

The RZR Factory Racing RZR Pro XP uses as many factory components as possible. Powers comes from a 4-stroke fuel-injected, DOHC, turbocharged, twin cylinder 925cc engine. The racer will have a Motec ECU with custom wiring and dash, custom switch pad and onboard diagnostics. It comes with a 130L fuel cell, and capable of a top speed of 130 kph (80.77 mph). The Factory Racing RZR Pro XP will have a rear-mounted radiator with a custom roof scoop. It also has a lightweight lithium battery set up by Braille Battery.

This UTV will have 30-inch, high-performance BF Goodrich tires, wrapped around sturdy aluminum 15-inch Method Race Wheels with bead-locks.

Robert Wilmot, Polaris RZR Vehicle Architect and Lead Dakar Engineer stated, “Some of the marquee stock components include the Pro Star engine, intercooler, turbo, transmission, hubs, brake calipers and much more. The vehicle also utilizes a stock wheelbase.”

With a 96”wheelbase, 74” wide stance, and custom suspension with an additional 1.5” of travel compared to stock. the vehicle is built to perform on the harsh Dakar terrain. A custom FOX RACING SHOX suspension with increased reservoir capacity has been chosen for increased cooling, performance, and greater adjustability. In the cockpit, Sparco racing seats and safety harnesses ensure comfort and driver safety during the 12-day race.


This race runs about 5,000 miles and the Polaris RZR Factory Racing team has seven participants. Wayne Matlock and navigator Sam Hayes. Driver Kristen Matlock and navigator Max Eddy. Craig Scanlon and navigator Keith Redstrom will be led by Dakar veteran Darren Skilton.

Speaking of Polaris, check out our latest TFLoffroad review of the Scrambler XP 1000 S below:

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