Rachelle Croft and Taylor Pawley piloted the X Elles, a Lexus-backed all-woman's team in a stock Lexus GX 460, through North America's most arduous off-road trails without the aid of GPS or mobile phones to take the checkered flag at the 2019 Rebelle Rally. The intrepid pair set-off on October 9th in Olympic Valley, California before finishing on October 19th in San Diego.
For those of you unfamiliar with off-road racing more generally or the Rebelle Rally particularly don't feel left out. It's only been running for a few years now. Billed as a competition and not a race, the Rebelle Rally is the first women's off-road navigation rally raid in the U.S. covering over 1,400 miles and a true test of off-road driving prowess, navigation skill, stamina and the ability to adapt to whatever the corner ahead throws your way. In all, 37 teams with over 80 women entered the race in a variety of classes from the wild and modified to the mild and stock, such as the X Elles winning team.
When Lexus heard about the X Elles they jumped at the opportunity to both lend their support and highlight the abilities of one of their most capable, and luxurious, off-road vehicles - the Lexus GX 460. With the exception of some graphics, off-road tires and gear in the trunk, the truck is totally stock. Given Lexus' reputation for reliability and comfort, however, it had more than what it takes to deliver Croft and Pawley across the finish line in the lap of luxury.
Starting with a sturdy boxed-frame, the GX 460 has a 4.6-liter V-8 under the hood with 301 hp and 329 lb-ft of torque. At the front are coil springs, independent double-wishbones and a beefy anti-roll bar. Out back is a 4-link unit with coil springs, shocks, and anti-roll bar. Braking is handled by 13.3 ventilated discs up-front and 12.3 inch discs out back with anti-lock braking, brake-assist and electronic brakeforce distribution. A six-speed sequential-shift electronically-controlled automatic transmission sends the power to all four wheels via a Torsen limited-slip differential.
Michael Moore, senior manager of Lexus Product Marketing, and no relation to the documentary filmmaker, exclaimed "...the Lexus GX 460 is made for adventure and we're thrilled team X Elles and the GX dominated the competition." Indeed, Lexus is to be applauded for their support and delivering a winning product. But let's not forget who was doing the driving. Rachelle is an experienced adventurer in her own right starring in the series, "Expedition Overland," and Taylor is the co-founder of "Women Overlanding the World" and a two-time Rebelle Rally competitor. Check out Rebelle Rally's Youtube Channel and some off-road action below. It's pretty cool. Buckle up.