Stéphane Peterhansel Wins 2012 Dakar In MINI All4 Racing

Stéphane Peterhansel Wins 2012 Dakar In MINI All4 Racing
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Stéphane Peterhansel has achieved his tenth Dakar victory, this time in a MINI All4 Racing. A seasoned veteran of the two-week long race, Peterhansel won his first Dakar at the age of 21. His victory car this time around was a MINI All4 Racing built by German tuner X-Raid and was designed to look like… Continue Reading...

MINI Will Try To Conquer Dakar Rally In 2012

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MINI Will Try To Conquer Dakar Rally In 2012
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There are many tough races on the global motorsports calendar, but perhaps none more so than the Dakar rally. The rally started back in 1978 and was originally called the Paris-Dakar rally due to its geographic location. However, due to safety concerns, the event was moved to South America in 2009, where it has remained… Continue Reading...

Bentley Supersports Shatters World Speed Record on Ice

Bentley Supersports Shatters World Speed Record on Ice
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In Finland, rally champion Juha Kankkunen has cracked the 200-mph barrier on ice in a Bentley Supersports, setting a new world speed record on ice. Atop the frozen Baltic Sea at temperatures of minus 30 degrees, he drove the AWD, W12-engined, biofuel-powered Bentley Continental Supersports convertible to a record 205.48 mph, which bested his own… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 Concept Brings Dakar to the Street

Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 Concept Brings Dakar to the Street
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Do you enjoy watching the Dakar Rally? If so, then you probably have day dreamed about driving those awesome off-road racers to the mall or to work. Only problem is, while these racers have minor details like the shape of the headlights and names in common with models you’d find in showrooms, technically, they’re completely… Continue Reading...

MINI Countryman To Contest Dakar Rally

MINI Countryman To Contest Dakar Rally
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German firm X-Raid is already preparing a MINI Countryman, a vehicle that’s been on sale for less than a month, for competition in the upcoming Dakar rally. While most of the photos show a finished product, the vehicle prep shots show a pretty thorough re-working of the biggest MINI, as well as a gorgeous custom… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Race Touraeg 3 Revealed, Will Take Part In 2011 Dakar Rally

Volkswagen Race Touraeg 3 Revealed, Will Take Part In 2011 Dakar Rally
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The Dakar rally doesn’t get a lot of love in North America, but some of the machinery used in it is extremely badass, and the Volkswagen Race Touraeg 3 is no exception. Looking like a Touraeg’s homicidal cousin, the Race Touraeg 3 is build for racing on sand dunes and features the appropriate jacked-up bodywork,… Continue Reading...

Volkswagen Preparing Race Touraeg 3 For Assault On Dakar Rally

Volkswagen Preparing Race Touraeg 3 For Assault On Dakar Rally
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With the demise of Mitsubishi’s Dakar rally program, Volkswagen has stepped in to fill the void left by the iconic Pajero rally truck. The Race Touraeg has performed admirably, but Volkswagen driver Carlos Sainz demanded that the Race Touraeg 3 be a significant step forward from previous iterations. While the Race Touraeg 2 was mechanically… Continue Reading...

Report: Police Seize Fake Dakar Rally Truck Loaded with Cocaine

Report: Police Seize Fake Dakar Rally Truck Loaded with Cocaine
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“Is that hashish in your race suit, or are you happy to see us?” was probably what Spanish police said to drug smugglers at the helm of a fake Dakar rally truck. The graphics-laden and off-road prepared truck had blended in with support trucks along an official rally route, in hope of delivering its load… Continue Reading...

SEMA 2009: Robby Gordon to Compete in 2010 Dakar Rally in New Full Carbon H3

SEMA 2009: Robby Gordon to Compete in 2010 Dakar Rally in New Full Carbon H3
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As a brand, Hummer’s time in the spotlight is pretty much over, although if there is something that can save the brand it might be a core group of enthusiasts and a strong motorsports background. While Hummers are best known for being excessive street machines, unlike a lot of SUVs, they are actually incredibly capable… Continue Reading...

Mitsubishi Pulls out of Dakar Rally

Mitsubishi Pulls out of Dakar Rally
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Citing the global financial crisis, Mitsubishi Motors has just announced that it will pull out of all cross-country rally races for 2009, including the Dakar Rally. In a statement the company said that, “The sudden deterioration of the global economy made it necessary for the company to focus its resources more tightly.” The news comes… Continue Reading...