April 20, 2016

NORRA And LEADNAV Work Together to Improve Navigation And Safety During This Years Rally!
-- 2016 Rally Road Books Digitized Note By Note With Audio And Visual Alerts --

(Agua Dulce, Calif.): NORRA and LEADNAV are currently working together to improve navigation and safety at this years Mexican 1000.

We are currently transferring the 2016 Rally Road Book, note by note, into LEADNAV which will provide you with audio and visual alerts during the entire race when using our system.

These LEADNAV files will be made available during the race along with the standard Road Books and GPS files.


LEADNAV GPS is an advanced Application available for the iPhone and iPad. While it will run on older devices, we highly recommend running a race of this size on an iPad Air 2, iPad mini 4 or iPhone 6 for maximum performance.

The specific device we recommend for vehicles is the iPad Air 2 - 64gb - cellular+wifi with Apple Care coverage.

Other considerations are the older iPad Air 1 and iPad mini 2 however these devices could run a little sluggish on a race of this scale with the entire Road Book loaded.

*After 6 months of development, LEADNAV is currently on hold for Android devices. This is due to current updates happening with the mapping engine and the fact that Android devices could not perform at the same level as Apple devices in recent testing. Further development for Android is TBD.

Partnered with several large companies and having their own manufacturing team on hand, LEADNAV has the hardware you need and the ability to fabricate custom pieces for your particular application.

You will need

• LEADNAV GPS - $20 in the Apple App Store NORRA Rally Files - These will be available for direct import via website, email or Airdrop during the event.


• Map Sub. - $20 a year In App Purchase (see below)
• Pro Pack - $150 a year In App Purchase (see below)

Does it need cellular coverage?

Not at all.

No cellular plan is even needed. We only recommend the cellular+wifi iPads because that extra $100 gives you the internal GPS chip which offers GPS positioning just like a standard GPS device.

With only a "1 a second" refresh rate and a weaker signal, this GPS chip is not as strong as a standard GPS but offers a great option for Chase trucks, general Off-Roading and as a Backup for Racing.

Dual XGPS160 Bluetooth Puck

An external GPS puck built for Aircraft, this unit offers the the strongest GPS positioning in the world when combined with LEADNAV GPS.

LEADNAV works directly with this particular GPS puck with its code co designed and baked directly into our software for optimum performance.

*Not to be confused with a "data" device....this acts only as a GPS Antenna giving you positioning updates.

At the core of LEADNAV's system lies LeadNav GPS, their highly advanced software package available in the App Store for Apple (Android coming this summer) SmartPhones and Tablets.

Offline Map Imagery

When there is no wifi or cellular data, LEADNAV will only display a gray background under your Race Course similar to any other GPS unit. This will be fine and is actually preferred for racing as it offers the best contrast, allowing you to see all your notes on a clean background.

However if you wish to see Satellite, Terrain or Street maps while offline, you will need an In App Subscription to either Map Sub., Advanced Sub. or Pro Pack. Without going into too much detail on what each of these includes, it is only important to understand that the ability to save Map imagery, for offline use, comes through an outside company. This company charges us per tile that you save. Each of the listed Subscriptions contains this service at different levels.

Here is the key breakdown in regards to Offline Maps... (These are available in LEADNAV under Settings > In App Purchases)

• Map Sub $20 a year - Lets you save out areas "tile by tile" by hand. These individual tiles are restricted to a specific size per level of zoom allowed. These individual tiles being small, could make this take some time at higher zoom, for larger events like the Mexican 1000. However this might be plenty for a Chase team who just needs a general overview of the area.

• Advanced $30 a year - Same as Map Sub but for an extra $9 a year you get a few extra features listed in the app.

• Pro Pack $150 a year - Offers a "Save along Route" feature which allows you to select the race route and choose the max zoom and distance on either side. Then by clicking save, it will automatically download the map imagery along that entire route. Built for Racers and Event Organizers with a ton of additional advanced features.

Note - Currently the Map Subscriptions in Baja only cover down to 15-16 zoom in most areas. Anything saved below that will show as Black. We offer a number of higher grade mapping services with Map Imagery possibilities down to 21 zoom. These services are currently available under contract per team or event organization.

More info can be found under our support page at

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With the Eras firmly in place, NORRA has further clarified its rules for each of its respective classes. The rulebook is posted online at If you have any questions, please contact us.



Beginning in 2010, the National Off Road Racing Association (NORRA) began promoting a rebirth of the NORRA Mexican 1000 rally. The unique off-road rally was co-created by promoter Mike Pearlman to consist of special stages (unlimited speed timed stages in the dirt) linked together by controlled speed liaison / transit sections (highway). The one-of-a-kind, once-a-year, four-day rally includes vintage off-road vehicles and motorcycles, rally cars, a limited group of modern desert racecars and classes for prerunner trucks and buggies.

Pearlman’s late father Ed and others established the first running of the NORRA Mexican 1000 off-road rally in November of 1967, which eventually became internationally recognized and evolved into the Baja 1000 in the mid-1970s.

The NORRA Mexican 1000 is supported by American Racing Wheel, South Point Hotel Casino, Walker Evans Racing, Azunia Tequila, KC HiLites, Bilstein Shock Absorbers and Mastercraft/Impact Safety.