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.
Work shoes, Dakar style. A mechanic from Team Kamaz Master works on the truck during the Dakar Rally rest day in Salta, Argentina.
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.
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!
[The Beast of Turin isn’t the largest thing running up the hill this weekend. This Dakar champion is powered by a 7.2 liter turbodiesel V8 and was driven to Goodwood all the way from Russia. Photo credit: Máté Petrány/Jalopnik]
This is the face of a man who just realized that in Russia, road paint marks you!
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?
The 2015 Dakar Rally is less than one month away. True to form, Red Bull is ramping up the hype on their motorcycle, car, and truck off-road racing operations with ridiculously over-the-top videos like this. Jeez, if only we could all throw down as hard as these maniacs.
Red Bull Kamaz rally truck getting ready to eat a buggy somewhere in the Argentinian desert [AP, 2014]
Sounds like the combative situation in the Ukraine is still worsening; reports are popping up about the Russians blasting their way into a Ukrainian military installation with one of their venerable KAMAZ army trucks.
Ah, Kamaz, the pride of Russia. The Dakar Dominator, the truck that can fly.
If you haven't had a chance to see the "best of" videos Dakar put together from this year's race, these will be some solid coffee-break entertainment for the rest of your day. You're welcome.
This crash is why Andrey Karginov and Kamaz were awarded a time credit.
Andrey Karginov will bring home another trophy for Kamaz as the ASO has ruled in his favor regarding an accident hindering his path in the last stage. He beat Dutch rival De Rooy by 3:11, finishing the 2014 Dakar Rally in 55:00:28.
The 12th stage of the Dakar Rally was 349 kilometers long, the first two hundred of which was rocky soil followed by big sand dunes. At this point cars and quads are pretty much in the bag, but the truck and bike podiums hotly contested going into the last stage tomorrow.
With his eyes full of tears on the podium in Santiago, Eduard Nikolaev put the shine back into Kamaz with his first success in the Dakar last year. The time is approaching to confirm that victory, but Gerard De Rooy and a long list of Dutch drivers intend to make life difficult for the Kamaz team.
Would you believe that a MINI won the Dakar rally this year? Perhaps a car brand that's as far from its roots in purposeful simplicity is a fitting metaphor for a rally named after a place in Africa that, for the first time this year, entered Peru.