It also claimed wins in the bone stock and electrified classes.
The longest off-road rally in America has a winner. After crushing the competition last year, Jeep returned this year and did exactly the same. Team 4xEventure and Team Dirt Hustle won the Rebelle Rally in a 1-2 finish.
The lead team, 4xEventure, crossed the line in their Jeep Wrangler 4xe to take the overall win as well as the bone stock and electrified class wins.
That means Jeep managed to get the Wrangler across the desert unmodified. Others have entered unmodified cars, but to win without mods is another thing entirely. The Jeep teams beat out 45 teams from 10 manufacturers across 1,440 miles of Nevada and California desert.
The rally comprises seven total stages, after which points are awarded for successfully navigating a stage. To win, it's purely a numbers game. Jeep drivers Nena Barlow and Teralin Petereit scored points in four stages, never finishing lower than third place.
"Again, range, power, capability, durability - there is nothing better out there for traversing 1,440 miles of rocky mountain trails, rough desert tracks, and huge sand dunes. This was the toughest year yet. But we never had to worry about the Jeep's readiness," said Barlow. In fact, all Barlow says she had to do was clean the dust out of the filter.
Laura Wanlass and Maria Guitar helmed the second-place team, Dirt Hustle.
While they also drove a Rubicon, it was an Unlimited model with the EcoDiesel motor that placed highest. Coincidentally, this is the EcoDiesel's final year on sale, and this second place could result in a nice marketing push.
We should point out that Jeep also fielded an all-Navajo team for the Rebelle Rally. The rally crosses soil taken from many of our country's native inhabitants, and seeing Jeep supporting drivers like Racquel Black and Kaitlyn Mulkey in team Hozho Vibrations is great.
The pair also raced in a 4xe, finishing ninth overall. We'll see if Jeep can continue its winning streak at next year's rally.