“This event is a World 4x4 Council sanctioned event and has attracted many participants from other countries to participate,” said Johor Tourism Action Council manager Jabar Tahir.
The first RFC competition was held in Terengganu last year.
This year, 300 participants and 150 specially tuned 4x4 vehicles are taking part.
Jabar spoke to reporters after the Raja Muda Johor Tunku Ismail Idris Tunku Ibrahim Ismail flagged-off the participants at the Bangunan Sultan Ibrahim here yesterday.
Meanwhile, 45-year-old competitor from India D.Jesu said that he was excited about taking part in the event.
He added this was his first time participating in the challenge, adding that he could not wait to drive his modified Mitsubishi Pajero through the forests.
“I have heard many wonderful things about the lush rainforests and wildlife here,” he said.
The convoy of vehicles will make their way to Sedili where they will have to travel 18km through the Ulu Sedili forest reserve to their first campsite.
The RFC challenge route include Ulu Sedili forest reserve, Selai national park, and the forests of Segamat before making their way back to Johor Baru.
The RAINFOREST CHALLENGE is a time to live your off-road adventure dreams.