The first edition of the Rain Forest Challenge (RFC) India is now slated for August 8 to 14, 2014 in Goa. RFC is going to be the toughest off-road Motorsport event to be held in the country.Rain, slush, fallen trees, landslides, etc. Have all pushed the modified 4x4s to perform in extremely tough conditions. All this can now be witnessed here in India for the off-roaders here. So, it’s time for the off-road enthusiasts and 4x4 vehicle owners to gear up for the most exciting and toughest Motorsport event ever witnessed in India. RFC India is being introduced in India by Cougar Motorsport Pvt. Ltd. And the first edition of RFC India will take place in Goa during the peak monsoon season from August 8-14.The Rainforest Challenge was started by Luis J A Wee in Malaysia in 1977 for off-road enthusiasts. At the RFC it is survival of the fittest. The challenge has been successfully held in Italy, Russia, Sri Lanka, Vietnam, Tunisia, China and Australia.RFC India will be a test of the participating teams’ mental and physical skills, companionship, motor skills and vehicle. According to a press statement, the teams will have to spend six days fighting the rain, maneuvering through the changing paths and flooded rivers. The participants will have to traverse close to 250 kms from South to North Goa competing in Special Stages set in natural terrain and prove to that they can conquer anything.The 2014 edition of RFC India is open to anyone with a road registered 4-wheel drive or an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Participants can take part in this event as Competitors or Touring Adventurers. One vehicle can have a team of two. There are 50 slots for participants, of which 40 will be reserved for Indian entries and the rest for foreign entries.RFC is not for the weak-hearted. The six day challenge is divided into four sections – the Prologue, the Predator, the Terminator and the Twilight Zone. There will be 30 Special Stages (SS) divided between the four sections. The SS will test drive and recovery skills in extreme off-road conditions and will be designed by experts from RFC International.The entry fee for Competitors and Touring Vehicles is Rs 75,000 and Rs 10,000 respectively. Foreign entries will be charged at US $2,500 and $ 333 respectively.Picture of an RFC held abroad.
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