Rebellion Timepieces has taken to the racetrack in becoming official timekeeper of the 2019 Dakar Rally.
Held in Peru, the rally will take place from January 6 to 17 and ranks in the top 3 most difficult automobile races in the world along with the 24hr Le Mans, in which Rebellion participates in the LMP1 category through its Rebellion Racing team.
The Swiss-based firm will provide timekeeping at high precision to ensure race timings are recorded accurately.
On the necessity for precision in timekeeping, Etienne Lavigne, rally director at Dakar, commented: “During the Dakar, everyone is racing against the clock. Time differences are measured in seconds and minutes for the first few days, before the notion of extreme endurance really makes its mark on the clock.”
He adds: “In any case, precision is important, both for the drivers calculating their routes and for the timekeepers in charge of evaluating them for thousands of kilometres on dunes, tracks and roads. Just as the most successful champions rely on technically flawless vehicles, the organisers count on 100% reliable tools to ensure a fair contest and Rebellion’s expertise in this field will stand us in good stead for Peru.”
As part of the event, nearly 500 well-known adventurers and seasoned amateurs will test themselves at the wheel of cars, trucks and motorcycles, combining power and endurance.
Alexandre Pesci, president of the Rebellion Corporation, said: “The Dakar is the ultimate adventure, pushing man and machine to their physical and mechanical limits, like at Rebellion Timepieces.
He continued: “We have a taste for the extreme – the challenge of pushing the bounds of the mechanical watch industry. We’re very excited to be associated with the next three editions of this legendary event.”