100 years after the first Saharan cruise by automobile, Citroën is embarking on a new challenge, that of repeating the achievement in electric mode: Ë.PIC. This project with a human and a technological dimension, for the promotion of innovative and sustainable forms of mobility, is planned for the dates of the first cruise’s anniversary: from 19 December 2022 to 7 January 2023. Ë.PIC (Ë.POPÉE in French) was unveiled on 4 February at the press conference organised on the Citroën stand at Retromobile.
Same destination, same audacity, same ambition. The objective is not a speed race, but rather a human adventure on board 3 types of vehicle highlighting the past, the present and the future. At the start line:
- Two replica half-tracks from the 1st crossing: Golden Scarab and Silver Crescent,
- Electric vehicles from production for assistance, from the 2022 Citroën range,
- And a 100% electric future concept car.
The aim is to stick to the historic route, therefore a total of 3,170 km in 21 days (with the necessary adjustments against the geopolitical background of some of the areas crossed): 200 km from Touggourt to
Ouargala, 770 km from Ouargala to In-Salah via Inifel, 800 km from In-Salah to Silet via Tamanrasset,
500 km from Silet to Tin Zaouaten, 100 km from Tin Zaouaten to Tin Toudaten, 100 km from Tin Toudaten to Kidal, 350 km from Kidal to Bourem, 100 km from Bourem to Bamba, and 250 km from Bamba to Timbuktu:
Until Sunday on the Citroën booth, visitors to Retromobile are invited to come and discover the replica of the Golden Scarab, one of the 5 Citroën half-tracks which completed the first journey which is at the root of all automobile rally events in modern history. You can read the press release here: ‘Retromobile 2020: Citroën is marking the 50th birthday of GS and celebrating the audacity of the first automobile crossing of the Sahara’. The reproduction of the Golden Scarab is identical to the original from 1922, fully operational and ready to take on the sand of the Sahara. The second replica, that of the Silver Crescent, is to be launched this year, in order to join the adventure in 2022. To be followed!