Dakar Rally

  • Toyota Hilux at the 2019 Dakar rally

    A specially prepped Toyota Hilux pickup truck was driven to victory in the premier Car category of the 2019 Dakar Rally, the first for the Japanese automaker. Doing the driving was Nasser Al Attiyah and co-driver Mathieu Baumel, who finished the final stage of the grueling trek on Thursday with a 46-minute cushion. The Qatari driver now has three Dakar titles under his belt. And not only was it a first win for Toyota, but it was also the first time a vehicle running on gasoline has taken top honors since the competition was moved to South America from Africa in 2009 for safety reasons. Things...

  • 1985 Porsche 959 Paris-Dakar during RM Sotheby's auction - Image via Darin Schnabel
    Paris-Dakar Porsche 959 fetches almost $6M at auction

    For those in their 30s and 40s, the Porsche 959 is likely a hero car from their childhoods. Built from 1984 to 1986 for Group B rally racing and homologated as a road car that was built from 1986 to '93, the 959 could approach 200 mph on the street and reach 130 mph off road. The 959 was a truly...

  • Peugeot wins 2018 Dakar rally
    Peugeot wins 2018 Dakar Rally, its final competition

    Following Peugeot's 2017 1-2-3 finish at the Dakar Rally, the marque secured an overall win at the 2018 race, which concluded on January 20th. It also marked the brand's third straight win in the treacherous off-road competition. The victory allowed Peugeot to go out on a high note as the brand is...

  • Mini John Cooper Works Buggy for 2018 Dakar Rally
    Mini John Cooper Works Buggy revealed for 2018 Dakar Rally

    Mini and the X-Raid Team will head to the 2018 Dakar Rally with not one, but two rally racers. The Mini John Cooper Works Rally will return, but the all-new John Cooper Works Buggy also will tear up the terrain. Mini revealed the Buggy rally racer Tuesday and noted its rear-wheel-drive layout...

  • This 1,000-hp, 10-ton Dakar Rally truck can fly

    Alright, so it can't really fly, but it comes pretty darn close after executing a massive jump. Eduard Nikolaev, the driver for Team Kamaz Master, has already shown he has impressive skills, but he decided to test his rally truck ahead of the Silk Way Rally in some extreme conditions. Somewhere in...

  • 2017 Peugeot 3008 DKR in the Dakar rally
    1-2-3 finish for Peugeot in 2017 Dakar rally

    Peugeot’s new 3008 DKR has established itself as the undisputed king of the 2017 Dakar rally. The rugged machine scored a one-two-three finish in the grueling 5,600-mile trek through Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina. On top was the talented Stéphane Peterhansel who now has 13 Dakar...

  • 2017 Peugeot 3008 DKR

    The Dakar rally may no longer kick off in Paris but in a way the French capital is linked with the 2017 rally. Peugeot will use the 2016 Paris auto show to present its 2017 3008 DKR, which will be competing in the 2017 Dakar rally. The 3008 DKR features a design derived from the latest 3008 SUV, which is also making its debut at the Paris auto show. The two vehicles are very different, though. The 3008 DKR is based around a custom frame with a turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 diesel engine mounted at the rear and spinning the rear wheels only. You might have noticed the raised suspension and...

  • 2017 Toyota Hilux Evo Dakar rally truck
    Toyota reveals Hilux Evo racing truck for 2017 Dakar rally

    Toyota’s Hilux is the basis of a new racing truck the Japanese auto giant plans to enter in the 2017 Dakar rally. Called the Hilux Evo, the racing truck is being developed by Toyota of South Africa in partnership with Toyota Gazoo Racing. It adopts two-wheel drive rather than four-wheel drive...

  • Sébastien Loeb joins 2016 Dakar Rally team Peugeot-Total
    Peugeot Enlists Rally Legend And Pikes Peak Record Holder Sébastien Loeb For 2016 Dakar

    He’s already been named champion nine times in the World Rally Championship, and in 2013 he obliterated the previous record for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb with his seemingly impossible time of 8:13.878, but soon Sébastien Loeb may be able to add yet another title to his growing list of...

  • X-Raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing at the 2015 Dakar Rally
    MINI And X-Raid Team Secure Fourth-Straight Dakar Rally Win

    This year’s Dakar Rally is now over, and the winners of the grueling event is none other than MINI, together with its performance partner X-Raid Team. This is the fourth-straight victory for MINI in the Dakar, which took place over the past two weeks in Argentina, Chile and Bolivia. Nasser...

  • 2015 X-Raid MINI All4 Racing
    Eight MINI ALL4 Racings To Take On 2015 Dakar Rally

    The 2015 Dakar Rally is coming up and in the lead up MINI has announced that eight of its custom-built ALL4 Racings will take part. MINI, together with its partner in the Dakar Rally, German motorsport and engineering firm X-raid, will be aiming to defend its title, which last year was won by...

  • Peugeot 2008 DKR
    Peugeot Releases Further Details On Its 2015 Dakar Challenger

    French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen might have been in the sales doldrums for the last few years, but its success in the field of motorsport is anything but disappointing. Peugeot hopes to continue that success with the 2008 DKR—a hardcore off-road racer based on the 2008 subcompact...

  • Peugeot 2008 DKR

    Peugeot and multiple World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb made headlines last year with their dominance of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This year, two other rally champions will pilot the French marque's latest project: the 2008 DKR. Loosely based on Peugeot's Juke-sized compact crossover, the 2008, Peugeot will take its new off-road vehicle to one of the toughest events in the world: the Dakar Rally. Spanish World Rally Champion Carlos Sainz will pilot one car, while Dakar motorcycle expert Cyril Despres will command the other car--giving Peugeot a real chance at victory, just as...

  • Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres to drive for Peugeot in 2015 Dakar Rally
    Peugeot To Make Dakar Rally Comeback In 2015

    After its domination of Pikes Peak last year, Peugeot is set to return to another arena in which it once competed--the famed Dakar rally. The Pikes Peak partnership of Peugeot Sport, Red Bull and Total will join forces once again for the 2015 Dakar rally, hoping to replicate Peugeot's late 1980s...

  • Joan ‘Nani’ Roma driving an X-Raid MINI ALL4 Racing in the 2014 Dakar Rally
    X-Raid’s Joan Roma Drives MINI ALL4 Racing To 2014 Dakar Rally Victory

    A trio of MINI All4 Racing crossovers took the top three spots in the 2014 Dakar Rally, which saw Spanish driver Joan ‘Nani’ Roma come first. It was the first win for Roma in a car at the Dakar Rally (he won the event on a motorcycle back in 2004 when the rally was still held in...

  • Dakar Rally infographic from Safelite.
    (Almost) Everything You Need To Know About The Dakar Rally In One Infographic

    Learn about the world's toughest rally with this handy graphic.

  • MINI at the 2013 Dakar Rally
    MINI And X-Raid Partner For Another Run At Dakar

    MINI and the X-raid team look to take home a third Dakar win.

  • EVR Proto VX 101 Rally Raid Concept Dakar race truck
    EVR Proto VX 101 Rally Raid Concept Takes on Dakar With Corvette LS7 Power

    This Corvette-powered race truck will contest the 2014 Dakar Rally.

  • Custom Ford Ranger to be entered in 2014 Dakar Rally

    Ford confirmed it will enter the 2014 Dakar Rally using its latest Ranger pickup truck currently sold overseas. The rally, which once again will be taking place in South America instead of its traditional home in Africa will run from January 5-18 next year. Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] will enter two Rangers in the arduous rally, but we’re not talking run-of-the-mill Rangers here but highly modified versions complete with 5.0-liter V-8 engines borrowed from the Mustang GT. The engine has been tuned to deliver more torque at lower revs and offer improved economy, but this has come at the...

  • 2013 MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 Dakar Winner
    MINI Celebrates Dakar Win With Special Edition JCW Countryman

    A MINI, albeit a highly-modified one, has been driven to victory in the arduous Dakar Rally for the past two years, with Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel and his co-driver Jean-Paul Cottret pulling off the feat on both occasions. Their weapon of choice was the custom-built MINI ALL4 Racing...

  • MINI at the 2013 Dakar Rally
    X-Raid Team Drives MINI Countryman To Second Consecutive Dakar Rally Win

    Following their win at last year’s race, the duo made up of Frenchmen Stéphane Peterhansel and Jean-Paul Cottret have won the Dakar Rally once more, and in dominant style. They piloted their Monster Energy X-raid Team-sponsored MINI ALL4 Racing to victory in the arduous race in a time...

  • The Race2Recovery Team
    Race2Recovery Team Ready For Start Of Dakar Rally

    Eighteen months ago, a fledgling Dakar Rally team calling itself Race2Recovery consisted of a handful of team members, mostly combat-wounded British soldiers, and a single Land Rover Freelander (our LR2) race vehicle. At tomorrow’s Dakar Rally start, a much more dynamic Race2Recovery Team...

  • 2013 Dakar Rally
    Get Ready For The 2013 Dakar Rally: Video

    In just two days the 2013 Dakar Rally will commence, with scores of drivers and riders set to take across the plains and hills of Argentina, Chile and Peru during the arduous race. South America has been home to the Dakar Rally since 2009 due to security threats in Western Africa where the rally...

  • The X-raid Team's MINI Cooper Countryman support vehicle - image: BMW Group
    MINI Shows Off Cooper Countryman Dakar Rally Support Vehicle

    Last January, MINI surprised the racing world by taking first place honors in the grueling Dakar Rally. Even more surprising was the fact that 2012 represented MINI’s very first attempt at the event, a testament to the preparation and planning of the X-raid Team, as well as the durability of...

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