Beginning on January 3 and finishing on January 15, the famous Dakar Rally takes racers across nearly 5000 miles of brutal terrain in Saudi Arabia. The Polaris Factory Racing RZR Pro XP is specially prepared for the prestigious race, and, in some respects, surprisingly stock. The RZR Pro XP is proven, winning short-course races, WORCS races, East Coast XC races and the UTV World Championships all in the last year.

Troy Lee Designs did the patriotic red, white and blue paint scheme for the American vehicle.


“We chose to race the SxS class at Dakar because we wanted to showcase what the Polaris RZR Pro XP is capable of, what defines its DNA—the pursuit of constant performance. Our vehicle is built from as many stock parts as possible to show their durability and performance capabilities when competing against the toughest competition in the world,” explained Robert Wilmot, Polaris RZR vehicle architect and lead dakar engineer. The Dakar Pro XP’s stock components include the Pro Star engine, intercooler, turbo, transmission, hubs, brake calipers and much more. The vehicle also utilizes a stock wheelbase.

The Polaris Factory Racing RZR Pro XP will run a stock engine, intercooler, turbo, transmission, hubs, brake calipers and much more. There are some special parts you can’t see, like the dual master-cylinder brake system with driver-controlled brake bias.

The RZR Factory Racing RZR Pro XP is powered by a four-stroke, fuel-injected, DOHC, turbocharged, twin-cylinder, 925cc engine fueled by a 34.34-gallon fuel cell, and capable of a top speed of 80.77 mph. A Motec ECU with custom wiring and dash, custom switch pad and on-board diagnostics will ensure optimal performance, and a rear-mounted radiator with a custom roof scoop will provide maximum airflow. A lightweight lithium battery setup by Braille Battery will power the RZR Pro XP throughout its inaugural Dakar campaign.

The RZR Pro XP is 64 inches wide in stock trim with 17 inches of travel up front and 20 inches in the rear. Long-travel suspension with fully adjustable, high-capacity Fox shocks adds 1.5 inches of travel at both ends and widens the car to 74 inches.


The team is also using an FIA homologated chassis, customized by Jimco Racing and based off the Polaris RZR Pro XP platform. With a stock 96-inch wheelbase, 74-inch-wide stance, and custom suspension with an additional 1.5 inches of travel compared to stock, the vehicle is built to handle extremely high speeds in Dakar’s open desert and harsh terrain. A custom Fox Racing Shox suspension with increased reservoir capacity has been chosen for increased cooling, performance and greater adjustability.

The Polaris Factory Racing RZR Pro XP is ready for Dakar’s extreme heat and rocky terrain. Check out the roof scoop for the rear-mounted radiator, reinforced inner fenders and braced mirror mounts.


In the cockpit, Sparco racing seats and safety harnesses ensure comfort and driver safety during the 12-day race. The chassis also has an integrated spare parts and tool storage supply, vital since there will be no pit crew, and drivers will need to make their own repairs while on the course.

For the nearly 5000-mile-long race, the team has chosen 30-inch high-performance BF Goodrich tires, wrapped around aluminum 15-inch Method Race Wheels with beadlocks. The brake system features a dual master cylinder setup and driver-controlled brake bias for maximized braking performance in Dakar’s varied terrain.

Two spares and 30-inch BF Goodrich Baja T/A tires on aluminum 15-inch Method Race Wheels with beadlocks arm the RZR for Dakar’s brutal desert.


The Polaris RZR Factory Racing lineup of Wayne Matlock and navigator Sam Hayes, Kristen Matlock and navigator Max Eddy, and Craig Scanlon and navigator Keith Redstrom will be led by Dakar racing legend Darren Skilton.

Drivers Craig Scanlon, Kristen Matlock and Wayne Matlock will take on Dakar in specially prepared RZR Pro XPs.

The team is backed by some of the most respected brands in the off-road industry, including 4 Wheel Parts (the largest off-road accessory retail chain), BFGoodrich Tires, Method Race Wheels, and Fox Racing Shox. Sparco is the official supplier of the team’s safety equipment, driving suits and helmets, with equipment and vehicle liveries designed by Troy Lee Designs. RZR Factory Racing Pro XP vehicles are also powered by Motul, Braille Battery, Motec, and Jimco Racing. Additional supporters include Rigid Industries, Trayco, Shiftpod, and Factory Canopies.

See UTV Action’s full test on the RZR Pro XP4 here: https://utvactionmag.com/2020-polaris-rzr-pro-xp-4-utv-action-full-test/

See all the Polaris RZRs here: https://rzr.polaris.com

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