After an incredible 10 days odyssey that pushed both man and machine to the limits at the 2016 Rainforest Challenge (RFC), the Nissan Navara has been named the top choice in the Product Pickup Category title challenge at the RFC. The 2016 Rainforest Challenge Malaysia (RFC) 2016 was held in the state of Pahang.
The Nissan Navara was awarded the Best Product Pickup Category as the vehicle that took on the RFC challenge was kept as standard as possible with only required outfit equipment for contest, such as bull bars, halogen spot lights, winch, protection bars, recovery kit, extreme tires, suspension and snorkel.
Rated among the Top Ten Toughest Motor Races in the World says a lot about the capabilities of the Nissan Navara when Nissan Malaysia (ETCM) took “the bulls by the horns” and threw in three (3) units of the new Nissan Navara. Geared up with some basic off-road 4×4 accessories to take on the challenges of RFC 2016, the Nissan Navara had been tested and proven under real conditions of the extreme 4×4 race, which ended on 6 December in Cameron Highlands.
Two units were used as official cars in supporting the overall RFC operational and transportation management while the third unit of Nissan Navara was used in the race by two Brazilian “Ladies of Steel”: Fabiana Martins (the driver) and Julieth Zanelato (navigator/co-driver) that faced the similar gruelling Special Stages (SS) as the male counterparts. “RFC is a dream for every 4×4 competitors in the world. When Luis came to me with the opportunity to drive a Nissan for RFC, I was thrilled that I was able to take on this challenge,” Martins testified.
This year’s race flagged off from Dataran Merdeka in the capital city, where RFC was first launched 19 years ago. The full action took place on 27 November in Kuantan at the Bukit Galing Camp of Brigade Tenggara HQ (The General Operations Force of the Royal Malaysian Police). Participants from 30 countries then battled it out through Malaysia’s harshest terrains passing through Gambang, Raub, Kuala Lipis and finally ending its course at Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands.
The drivers and participants dream of taking on the jungle adventure with all its hardship, endurance and extremities allows them to discover or re-discover their sense of being. In the jungle, the tracks can change from easy to extreme hardcore within hours of heavy rain resulting in landslides, erosion and floods. Conquering and completing the entire journey is an achievement for all RFC adventurers.
For customers who would like to experience the Nissan Navara may do so at the Nissan CNY Carnival, which also offers a line-up of Nissan models for test drive and special Lion Dance performances at these venues: Alamanda Putrajaya, Selangor(6 – 15 January), Tesco Kota Bharu, Kelantan (8 – 14 January), AEON Klebang, Ipoh (10 – 15 January) and Boulevard, Kuching (17 – 23 January).