Dakar Rally’s television coverage alluded to a wreck that forced American racing legend Robby Gordon to withdraw from the race, but offered few details. Now we know why: the oops in question was quite boneheaded, involving one of Gordon’s support vehicles and some dangerous shenanigans on the highway.
Anyone who’s been following Sébastien Loeb since his World Rally Championship days knows that he’s a beast, and he’s been proving that all over again at this year’s Dakar Rally. He rolled on Stage 8, but he and co-driver Daniel Elena managed to put the car back together to limp to the end of the stage.
Dakar Rally season is upon us, baby. That means even more montages from teams with tons of money and vehicles. That pretty much means Red Bull. We just saw an awesome clip of their whole crew, but fans of the big rigs might like this spotlight on the Kamaz racing trucks even more.
To get fired up for the 2016 Dakar Rally in January, the Red Bull racing team has trotted out their entire squadron of enormous off-road racing trucks, longtravel cars and motorcycles and oh my god I’m already sweating.
[Next year’s monstrous Dakar challenger, the Peugeot 2008 DKR16 is here. It’s longer, wider, lower and more powerful than its predecessor, so the game is on, Mini! Photo credit: Peugeot]
The 2016 Dakar Rally, an extreme off-road endurance challenge spanning multiple countries and thousands of miles, was supposed to start in Peru. But weather there’s predicted to be so bad that the entire race had to be changed. At least the new route looks somewhat spectator-friendly.
Maybe someone tricked Dmitry Sotnikov into taking his Dakar-racing Kamaz 4326 T4 supertruck on Goodwood’s road course when he was supposed to play in the Activities Field... but this might be your only chance to see how it does on tarmac!
All of the great homologation specials — the BMW E30 M3, the Lancia Delta Integrale, the Plymouth Superbird — have all been discovered and cost more and more every year. Except for one. This is the Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution, and you will be amazed at its reputation just as much as its shockingly low price.
So life is crazy, and there are some days when you wake up in Dubai, and take a bus ride out into the desert, and then drive the car that won the toughest race in the world, the Dakar Rally.
Middle of the night. A hotel bar at the feet of the Andes Mountains is silent, save three tour guides huddled 'round a fourth pour of watery beer and a coffee-stained map. "This pass will get us around most of the border patrol," said our local fixer, his finger on a sinuous mapline. Most is the key part of this.
There's so much incredible driving talent and off-road action to watch at the Dakar Rally, and the three-week event is really undersold by a few "best of" clips... But you want to cut straight to the best passes and crashes anyway, don't ya?
How extreme is the Dakar Rally? Well how many races do you see cars coming in on the towstrap of a competitor? I hope the pilot doing the pulling here got some good karma, because the dangling derelict in this clip went on to finish 6th in class.
When the last stage of the 2015 Dakar Rally was cut down to a short off-road sprint due to weather, it was finally Robby Gordon's time to shine. Hear what his team had to say at the end of the epic rally, and try to hang on to your lunch through these cockpit-view clips from the last bit of the race.
Dear lord do I adore Stéphane Henrard's diesel VW Buggie running in the 2015 Dakar Rally.