Ouninpohja, Finland is a quiet wood with a lazy dirt road winding through it which turns into a racetrack when the World Rally Championship comes to town. Red Bull’s Volkswagen Polo R has won the race here three times. Today, it has some traffic on its tail.
The Osaka Motor Show begins this Saturday and, on top of an update to the Honda CB1100 standard-retro, we hear Big Red has two more concepts coming that will tug on the heart strings of off-road lovers everywhere.
You’re looking at that .GIF and thinking “wow, I can’t believe you just made me watch a man die.” Not only did motorcyclist Paulo Gonçalves not die here, he was up and racing again before the sand stopped flying.
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.
When you finally cross the finish line after a full day of getting your butt kicked by the Dakar Rally, better believe you’re ready to celebrate. [Image: ASO]
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.
Tragedy struck the Dakar Rally twice, once during Stage 7 and again in road traffic.
Robby Gordon and his team are working their butts off at the Dakar Rally. Will they finally get that sweet podium they’ve been chasing for ages? Well, there’s a lot of race left. [Image: Speed Energy]
Tire changes are an inevitability in long-distance off-road racing. They’re also somewhat labor intensive, costing the drivers’ precious time and energy. Not so much if you’ve got an on-board jacking system though!
This insane clip from Tom Coronel’s buggy shows just how crazy and brutal the Dakar Rally can be. Even the recoveries are insane.
Buggy-racing twin brothers Tim and Tom Coronel are both at Dakar this weekend. Unfortunately, Tom broke down with an electrical issue he couldn’t diagnose. Luckily, Tim showed up soon and knew how to fix it, as he’d encountered a similar issue with his own buggy.
Wet, nasty conditions don’t just affect races on track — they can ruin an off-road rally raid’s day, too. In addition to the opening leg of this year’s race getting cancelled, the second and third stages were shortened and today’s third stage was halted for trucks when a landslide destroyed part of it.
Eleven people were injured over the weekend when a Dakar Rally racer speared off the course and into a crowd of spectators. The first proper stage of the rally had not even started yet.
The formula for off-road videos has become pretty predictable; big landscape pan, slow-motion mud slinging, dramatic music. The official promo reel for the 2016 Dakar Rally has that. Also, some visuals I’m not sure what to make of.
The X-Raid Mini ALL4 racing team is gearing up to win the infamous 5,000 mile Dakar Rally for the fifth consecutive time in January. Here’s how they get in shape for it.
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.