Side by side: A three-steps progression


In 2017 a new stand-alone category was introduced on the Dakar. The light-weight SSV/UTV vehicles have become better and better adapted to the demands of the event. They now represent an ideal way for those teams in the process of preparing an experience in the sport. After confirming the sporting viability of this category, a three-year plan has been established to provide the means of its development, while conserving the interests of the competitors who have already invested in the past few editions.

This category will now be called Side by Side, or SxS in its abbreviated form. The undertaking of enhancing the category and the advancement of the vehicles, originated and supported by Polaris, Yamaha and Can-Am, is expected to undergo a significant development according the clear trends that appeared on the market already several years ago.

Side by Side category calendar:

2018 / A single classification
The Side by Side vehicles meeting the criteria of the new regulation
All existing T3.2s: light vehicles under 1050cc which meet FIA standards.

2019 / Coexistence of two distinct classifications

One for new-generation Side by Side vehicles
An “Open” classification with existing T3.2s

2020 / Side by Side only

Only the new Side by Sides will be eligible to compete in the category. T3.2s will return to the ‘’Car’’ category.

Main criteria for eligibility in the Side by Side category: • Production vehicles, production of a minimum of 500 per year. ‘’Two passenger” vehicles only.
• FIA approved safety roll cage
• Maximum 130L tank that can be lengthened under the seats.
• Open Chassis, except roll cage (standard dimensions and position).
• 2700mm maximum wheelbase
• Production engines, turbos allowed, maximum 1 050cc engines.
• Maximum speed of 130kph
• Minimum weight of 850kg