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Polaris RZR have celebrated victory as the Sebastien Loeb Racing Team won the 2024 Dakar Rally with Xavier de Soultrait and Martin Bonnet.

The Polaris RZR Pro R Factory side-by-side and the Sébastien Loeb Racing team have won the 46th edition of the Dakar Rally after a tremendous showcase of determination, skill and endurance, covering 5,000 kilometres throughout 12 arduous stages that took place across the landscape of Saudi Arabia.

Marking a monumental milestone in the five-year partnership between Polaris Off-Road Vehicles and Sébastien Loeb Racing (SLR), this win comes just one year after the association started in 2023, which aims to put SLR and Polaris in the leading role of the SSV T4 category in the Dakar Rally and the FIA W2RC rankings under the guidance of founder Sébastien Loeb, who also achieved a podium finish at Dakar. This year’s incredible victory is proof that SLR together with Polaris is a winning formula.

Winning multiple stages—including the new 48-hour Chrono stage—as well as setting the pace in the prologue and finishing on the podium eight times across the 12 stages, the top-placing SSV crew of French pilot Xavier de Soultrait and co-pilot Martin Bonnet dominated the race at the helm of the Polaris RZR Pro R Factory. “We extend our congratulations to the SLR team and both Xavier de Soultrait and Martin Bonnet on their incredible win at the Dakar, and their commitment to excellence,” said Alex Scheuerell, Polaris Factory Racing Technical Director.

“This was the first time that our RZR Pro R Factory vehicle has tackled Dakar, and to win at an event like this has proven that it is a true race-ready platform, built for the extreme, which also plays a major role in the development of our entire RZR lineup and our racing program going forward.

“Dakar is the ultimate test of man and machine, one of the most severe rally raids in the world, so to triumph with the Pro R Factory is proof of what we can achieve with the combined power of Polaris engineering and our incredible partners at SLR. I would like to thank the Polaris Factory Racing Team and the entire RZR engineering group at Polaris that developed an amazing platform to work from.”

Based on the revolutionary RZR Pro R platform, the all-new RZR Pro R Factory was unveiled last year as the centrepiece for the Polaris Factory Racing team, setting a new precedent within the UTV industry with its race-ready level of power, strength, and control. Utilising a high-strength, lightweight chassis compliant with FIA T4 Class, a race-tuned ProStar Fury 2.0L engine, and FOX® Factory Race ESC EVO 3.0 Internal Bypass shocks, the SLR RZR Pro R Factory vehicles are now proven to be capable of withstanding the demands of the nearly 5,000-mile event.

“It’s truly the culmination of a dream,” said Xavier de Soultrait, SLR pilot and Dakar winner. “It’s hard for me to believe that we won this Dakar. I think we raced intelligently, we put pressure on, but we never overdrove. It was our first race with this new Polaris RZR, and frankly, we couldn’t have asked for better. I am very happy to have shared this with Martin, we really made a great team, and I of course want to thank the entire Loeb Racing and Polaris Factory Racing team who prepared a perfect car for us; this victory is the fruition of all the teams’ efforts! It is also thanks to all our partners that we were able to achieve this.”

“It’s incredible! We dreamed of it but today it’s become a reality! I’m particularly moved given my personal history with this legendary race that the Dakar represents for me but also for Sébastien. We are very proud of our teams and our two crews who completed an exceptional fortnight without ever giving up,” said Dominique Heintz, Sébastien Loeb Racing Team Manager.

“This victory not only cements the success of our partnership with Polaris, but also reinforces our commitment to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in the realm of motorsports. This achievement at Dakar is the result of relentless effort put forth by our team, and the unwavering commitment by our drivers, mechanics and engineers to make the dream come true. Xavier’s and Martin’s exceptional performance is a testament to their dedication, talent and the seamless synergy between them and the Polaris RZR; a vehicle that has certainly proved its mettle this week, and we look forward to the achievements that are still yet to come as part of our ongoing collaboration with Polaris.”