This year, the Organizing Committee of the Automobile Club de Monaco has concocted two distinct events for its competitors, followers of electric, hybrid and renewable fuels cars. The Rallye Monte-Carlo des Energies Nouvelles is a major event in the Principality during spring season (19-23 March 2014). Consequently, the route has been significantly modified compared to previous edition and this dual competition will be definitely an innovative one.
15th Rallye Monte-Carlo des Energies Nouvelles (19-23 March 2014)
2014 will be a really diversified edition
The three starting cities of the Concentration Leg are identical to 2013, namely Lugano, Switzerland, Annecy and Clermont-Ferrand, France. The first novelty is the arrival city, Aix en Provence that the competitors of the 15th Rallye Monte-Carlo des Energies Nouvelles will join on Thursday, March 20th, 2014 in the evening.
After an overnight stay on the Provencal ground, competitors will head for the Principality of Monaco on Friday March 21st, for the real beginning of the competition, with, as an appetizer of the Common Leg, an unpublished regularity test (ZR) : « Esparron – Gréoux-les-Bains » (32,14 km), located between la Montagne Sainte-Victoire et le bas Verdon. After a regrouping and recharging park in Digne les Bains will follow two "classics" stages of the legendary Rallye Automobile Monte-Carlo : « Clumanc-Lambruisse » (20,20 km) via the "Col du Défend " in the Alpes de Haute Provence, and « Puget Théniers – Gilette » (38,12 km) with the "Col Saint-Raphael" in the Alpes Maritimes, before the competitors’ return in the Principality.
On Saturday, March 22nd, the Final Leg will frame the hinterland, with some difficulties as the famous Cols de la Madone, de Braus, de Brouis and de Vescavo, with four great regularity tests: « Saint-Pancrace (Peille) – Sainte Agnès » (8,01 km), « Touët-de-l’Escarene – Sospel » (25,63 km), « Sospel – Breil-sur-Roya » (17,45 km) and « Olivetta San Michele – Sospel » (5,90 km).
Another novelty is the manoeuvrability test drawn on the bottom of the port of Monaco. It will take place on two occasions in 2014. First, on Saturday evening, during a regularity test as a conclusion of the Final Leg (including a first loop which determines the time base of each competitor), and then, on Sunday, March 23rd morning, during a demonstration, as it was done in the previous years, before the traditional Lunch Gala and Prize Giving Ceremony.
5th Rallye Monte-Carlo « Zero Emission – No Noise » (21-23 March 2014)
A peace of mind event
The " Urban Electric " is nowadays replaced by the 5th Rallye “ZENN” (Zero Emission - No Noise), open to competitors using an electric vehicle with a 250 km maximum autonomy. As the Rallye Monte-Carlo des Energies Nouvelles, the “ZENN” will also count several regularity tests, with the first one « La Turbie – Peille » (11,06 Km) will be competed on Friday, March 21st on the Common Leg’s occasion, on the sinuous and well known roads of the national forest of Peillon, in the hinterland.
On Saturday, March 22nd will take place the Final Leg, which is a very beautiful one, between sea and mountain, near Sainte-Agnès, the highest coastal village in Europe, with four regularity tests to compete. First of all a « Peille – Sainte Agnès » (8,01 Km) loop, to be run twice, then « Roquebrune Cap Martin – Gorbio » (7,35 Km) and « Sainte Agnès - La Turbie » (15,95 Km), to end in highlight, on the Monaco harbour, by the manoeuvrability test, identical to the one done by the competitors of the 15th Rallye Monte-Carlo des Energies Nouvelles.
Finally, remember that a "partners" village located near the Parc Fermé in Monaco, will be open throughout the event. Diversified exhibitions and events will be schedule, based on the tomorrow’s car theme and sustainable development.