Just 18 hours before I had been sunning myself on a beach in Miami. But now, on precious little sleep, I found myself north of the Arctic Circle, frozen and staring at a gnarly, hulking, carbon-fiber-and-kevlar Dakar-racing Mini Countryman that cost over a million dollars. “What the hell am I doing here?” was the…
Where is your range anxiety now?! For the first time ever, an all-electric vehicle finished one of the most grueling races on the planet: the Dakar Rally.
One of the most extreme and dangerous racing events around, the Dakar Rally, concluded its 2017 edition on Saturday after bad weather cut out major portions of the race’s 12-stage route. And while actually finishing the rally is a feat of its own, some people actually manage to win it.
Today’s Stage 10 of the Dakar Rally has been especially hard on motorcyclists. In addition to Simon Marcic, who collided with Stéphane Peterhansel earlier today, two riders have withdrawn from the rally due to injury—both of whom were among the top three riders of the rally.
Stéphane Peterhansel, a man synonymous with the Dakar Rally from winning it twelve times before, collided with KTM motorcycle racer Simon Marcic 51 miles into today’s Stage 10 of the Dakar Rally, per a tweet by the rally’s official feed. Marcic is now under the care of rescue workers, who took him from the stage.
The Dakar Rally didn’t run today due to a massive landslide near Volcan, Argentina. Where they have been, however, is on some of the most picturesque stages in international rallying. Since there won’t be any stage updates today, let’s enjoy some of the beautiful rally shots from the past few days.
The Dakar Rally is known for being one of the most extreme races in the world, but it apparently doesn’t mesh well with extreme weather. After part of Friday’s stage being cut short due to the conditions, organizers scrapped the entire sixth stage of the rally on Saturday when the weather didn’t lighten up.
Twelve-time French Dakar Rally winner Stéphane Peterhansel is not one to leave much room when he’s trying to get around slower traffic.
Note to spectators: on a curve on the edge of an exposed ravine isn’t the smartest place to stand when attempting to watch one of the most dangerous rallies on the planet.
The Dakar Rally shows no mercy, even to those gunning for a repeat victory. 2016 Dakar Rally motorcycle champion Toby Price’s race is over, reports NBC Sports. The Australian KTM rider fractured his left femur in a fall from his motorcycle.
Slovakian rider Ivan Jakes was struck by lightning in the Salar Centenario area on the third stage of the Dakar Rally, reports Motorsport.com. Of course it didn’t stop him. Who stops for a pesky little nuisance like lightning on the Dakar?
Everyone’s a ham for the camera, but how many of you can wave at the cameras while flying along at 112 mph in the sand?
When a race goes through sand, mud, and painful silt, has both freezing temperatures and grueling heat, climbs to elevations of nearly 15,000 feet above sea level and ends near sea level, you know it’s going to attract some of the most talented and downright crazy individuals on the planet. Welcome to Dakar. Here’s…
Scrutineering for the grueling Dakar Rally is on now before teams set off on Jan. 2. With it each year comes some incredible machinery, including not only the insane Kamazes that are as big as a house, but also James May’s small car of choice: a Fiat Panda.
In an era that seems dominated by cynicism and corporate greed, the story of some Nissan engineers spending nights and weekends to restore a piece of automotive history “just because” is enough to lift anyone’s spirits. Behold: the 1987 Nissan Patrol Fanta Limon Paris-Dakar rally car, returned to its former racing…
2017 will kick off with one of the most massive motorized adventure events of all time: the 39th annual Dakar Rally. Next year’s route and favorite competitor lineup has just been announced, and of course the 5,500-mile odyssey is slated to be more badass than ever before.
Mini is only returning to the grueling Dakar Rally after four wins in a row, but they’re entering eight crews in the race. Drivers include ex-WRC driver Mikko Hirvonen and off-road star Bryce Menzies. Either way, that’s more drivers on one team than some series’ racing classes have in total.
The 2016 Rallye du Maroc was this diesel buggy’s last race. Oh, not because it got wadded up like an empty beer can at a frat party. The thing went on to win the last stage after getting turned into this trash heap by some sand dunes.