Martin es patrocinador del equipo 4L Trophy

February 18, 2014

Martin Europa patrocinó un automóvil en la competencia 4L Trophy 2013

Martin Europa patrocinó un automóvil en la competencia 4L Trophy 2013

The 4L Trophy is a road race in which students drive Renault 4 cars from Paris through France and Spain, then across the Moroccan desert to deliver school supplies.

The team Martin sponsored included the son of our customer Lafarfe M'Sila. Lafarge is one of Martin's largest and oldest customers. Lafarge is headquartered in Paris, France. They are represented in 64 countries, with a large presence in the developing markets of Asia and the Middle East.

The teams compete in different challenges to test their driving ability. The goal is not to be the fastest team but to reach the meeting point driving the least distance possible. 

The entrance fees for the race are quite high. Teams solicit sponsors in an effort to raise funds to cover these fees. The sponsors then get their company logo placed on the car.

Martin sponsored the 4L Trophy team.

The teams gather at meeting points throughout the race and regroup before they head out again.

The Renault 4, also known as the 4L (pronounced "Quatrelle"), is a hatchback economy car produced by the French automaker Renault between 1961 and 1992. It was the first front-wheel drive family car produced by Renault.

Last year, Martin Europe sponsored a car in the 4L Trophy 2013 competition.

Established in 1997, 4L Trophy is a humanitarian road rally for students. The goal is to drive Renault 4 cars across the Moroccan desert to provide children with school supplies.

Teams leave from Paris and Bordeaux in the direction of Algeciras then sail to Morocco, driving through France and Spain along the way, covering approximately 6000 km.

2013 was the 16th year for the competition and drew thousands of participants. During the race, the participants delivered nearly 80 ton of school supplies to Morocco. These supplies are then given to the Moroccan League for the Protection of Children in Fez as well as distributed to schools along the route.

During the race, teams participate in different challenges along the way. The teams must rely only on their Road Book, map of Morocco and a compass. Winning the challenges is based on the teams' ability to drive in the desert and reach the various checkpoints. The goal is not to be the fastest team but to reach the meeting point driving as few kilometers as possible.

Driving in the desert can be very challenging. Not only are there no roads, but there are "oued" in Arab which means sand sea in English. These "oued" require advanced driving skills to handle them without trouble. Additionally, visibility is in the desert is difficult because of sand raised by other cars.

The race finished in Marrakech with a closing ceremony.

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