Crews Are Ready!
After weeks of preparation, three crews are ready to start the 21st 4L Trophy race. The cars have been repaired and painted. Their trunks are full of school supplies and sports equipment collected from TE Connectivity France employees to the benefit of "Enfants du Désert" (Children of the Desert) association. An exciting adventure awaits the students.
Desert adventure completed. Our three TE Connectivity (TE) cars finished the 4L Trophy rally in Marrakesh, Morocco, on February 24th. At the end of their journey, it was just the team members, their cars, a 370-plus mile expanse of the desert, and an open campfire under the starry sky.
All crossed the finish line in Marrakech with the 1,300 other crews coming from France, Belgium, Switzerland, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Morocco, Tunisia and even crew from Canada and United States for the first time. In another spectacular first, the rally was won by an all-female crew. Congratulations!
The TE crews have performed very well: F4 Phantom arrived 227th, 948th for 4L’OTO and 949th for SG 4L. Our adventurers are now back in France with unforgettable memories. They will never be the same. During one week, they have challenged themselves, and found out what sticking together and helping fellow competitors so all succeed truly means.
“The 4L Trophy race was one of the best experience we have ever had. The both of us were extremely happy to be able to drive this incredible landscape. From crossing the beautiful Atlas and finding ourselves in the middle of the Moroccan desert, to arriving to give school supplies to Enfants du désert, it was all truly extraordinary,” said Loïs and Théophile from 4L’OTO crew.
“This adventure was fascinating, full of emotions. We are very proud to have met the challenge and in our small way helped these brave young Moroccan students. We are so grateful to TE for helping us donate to Enfants du Désert / Children of the Desert” said Quentin from SG 4L.
Officials from “Enfants du Desert” said more school supplies and sport equipment than expected have been delivered. All of it will go directly to local schools and children in need.
$40,000 has been collected and given, and this will allow the association to build likely three more schools in 2018, with one dedicated to disabled children.
TE employees from TE Connectivity in France collected school supplies, sports and medical equipment, and Arabic-language books from TE in Tangier. Lastly, TE’s leadership team dedicated $3300 to the association specifically for a playground at one of these schools.
Our three Supmeca crews wore our TE Orange colors and represented our values of teamwork, accountability and integrity values incredibly well. We all salute them!
4L Adventurers Reach and Cross the Strait of Gibraltar. The students began their journey last week and have motored across Spain and France. On Sunday, they put their cars on a boat for a four-hour crossing from the port of Algeciras to Tangier, Morocco. In between, they took time to make a very short tour of Seville, the famous city in Andalusia, Spain, dating from the 8th century B.C.
Once arrived in Tangier, the 1,300 4L cars drove to Rabat and left the highway. Charming small villages, vast vistas, a forest of cedars, meeting with macaque monkeys -- the day could be summed up in a series of splendid postcards.
The first camp site, or bivouac, was in Morocco at Boulajoul, in front of the majestic heights of the High Atlas mountains before leaving to Merzouga. Then the most anticipated moment: delivering their donations to “Enfants du Désert”, the Children of the Desert. Laetitia Chevallier, president of rally partner and beneficiary “Enfants du Désert” said that over the past 12 years, 240,000 children have benefited from supplies generated by the event and 19 classrooms have been built with the funds raised.
In this area of Morocco, the routes are renowned for their difficult climbs, low valleys and deep sandy trenches. Cars often get stuck in the sand and are pulled free by competitors, who stop to help one another. Talk about automotive harsh conditions!
The 3 TE Connectivity cars are performing very well. Our teams are respectively at the 370th for F4 Phantom team, 691th for 4L'OTO and 1037th for SG 4L of the 1,300 teams.
Words don’t do it justice. See our picture gallery below. Our next update will be next week after the students arrive in Marrakech.
Excitement at the teams’ starting point. The TE Connectivity (TE) crews passed technical checks and are ready to start the 3,600 mile journey.
Despite the rain, the atmosphere was pure excitement and camaraderie. Everyone shared in the music, laughs, and last bits of advice. Caring, the keyword of this rally, comes easily among the 1,300 crews who spent their last night in France before the big start.
For the second year in a row, TE is sponsoring the three race crews from Supmeca, a French engineering school, for the 2018 4L Trophy challenge.
Check out these great photos of the three cars. TE is very proud of these teams and proud to support the race.
Employees of TE Connectivity’s sites in France and Tangier, Morocco took part in the adventure too, by collecting school supplies, sports equipment, medical supplies and Arabic-language books to the benefit of the “Children of the Desert.” In addition, a donation of US$3,300 has been made to build up a playground for the children.
What is 4L Trophy 2018?
4L Trophy 2018 & Children of the Desert Association
The largest rally in Europe but also a humanitarian mission: 60 tons of supplies are donated to Enfants du Désert (Children of Desert) association:
• 6.000 kilometers from France through Spain and ending in Morocco
• 20 years of existence
• 2.900 competitors
• 1.450 teams
Children of the Desert
French association acting to improve education of children from Southern Morocco
• Created in 2005
• Build and equip schools
• Work on education access
• Support boys and girls equally
• Improve health and living conditions
Calendar of Events
February 14 & 15
Departure Biarritz, France
February 16 & 17
Drive to Algeciras, Spain
February 17 & 18
Crossing the Strait of Gibraltar by boat
February 18 to 23
6 stages in the deep south of Morocco
Arrival Marrakesh, Morocco
Meet the Crews
Meet the 1st Place Winners: 4L’OTO CREW
With 39% of the votes, Loïs and Théophile are the big winners and will drive the TE Connectivity coveted orange car. “We could not have imagined the rush and joy this challenge has brought to our family and friends all around us. This project meant a lot for us and to be able to mobilize that many people was no easy tasks. We thank all the people we know that have voted for us but also the TE Connectivity employees that supported us.”
Meet the 2nd place winners: F4 PHANTOM CREW
With 26% of the votes, Victor and Arthur will have TE Connectivity logos on their car. “We would like to thank everyone who voted for us and shared the video. The 4L Trophy is also an adventure based on sharing and we will do our best to make you live this extraordinary adventure.”
Meet the 3rd place winners: SG-4L CREW
With 24% of the votes, Matthieu and Quentin will have TE Connectivity logos on their car. "We did it! We would like to thank everyone who voted for us, especially TE employees and people all across the world. We are very proud to represent the company in this adventure that became yours!"