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.
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.
This exact X-Raid Mini All4 Racing won the toughest race in the world, the Dakar Rally. It might be the most capable vehicle on the planet. And I got it stuck in the desert outside of Dubai.
Today I went airborne in a luxury SUV, met a Qatari Dakar winner, met some camels, saw some amazingly crazy modified cars, and I got passed by the police in a Ferrari. This has been my first day in Dubai.
I'm a little shell-shocked as I remove my helmet. Members of the MINI X-Raid PR team are actually concerned as I struggle to form coherent sentences. Though I knew that this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity, I never expected it would have this kind of impact on me. Standing to my right is the Monster…
X-Raid's rally team worked up this Mini Countryman to fly over, as well as traverse, the blinding white dunes of Argentina's Fiambala, the vast Atacama Desert and the death-defying descent into Iquique in northern Chile. It's the 2011 Dakar, Mini-style.