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    Official: Honda will compete in 2013 Dakar Rally

    Honda has announced that it will take part in the 2013 Dakar Rally next January with a special motorcycle works team. It's been 23 years since Honda last took part in the rally, back when it took place in Europe and Africa and sailed under the Paris-Dakar banner. Between 1981 and 1989, Honda ...

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    Report: Bentley plotting Dakar effort with used VW Touareg racers?

    Bentley is an automaker not without its own racing pedigree, but the bulk of that is anchored in the 1920s and at Le Mans, to which it returned in winning form in the earlier part of the new millennium with the Speed 8. The latest development could, however, see the Flying B marque enter into ...

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    Video: Dakar Rally especially dangerous for bikes

    There's just no getting around the fact that, despite technological advances and a host of regulations aimed at improving safety, organized racing is a dangerous occupation. We saw it last year with the deaths of Dan Wheldon and Marco Simoncelli – pushing the limits on either two or four ...

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    Official: Volkswagen sends 40 support vehicles for Dakar Rally

    Volkswagen may not be returning to the Dakar Rally next year as a competitor – having already proven everything it has to prove – but don't count on seeing a desert completely bereft of VW badges altogether. That's because the German automaker will still be providing the support ...

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    Video: Watch this vintage Porsche 911 channel its Dakar roots

    We've grown accustomed to seeing all manner of modified machinery power through the sand in an attempt to get to the top of a hill. We're even used to seeing vintage German machinery do the deed... that is, if you count sand rails and buggies built using air-cooled Volkswagen Beetle bits and ...

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    Rumormill: Bentley gearing up to take on Dakar?

    Dakar. The very name conjures up images of daring dashes through the brutish desert, running down scorpions and dodging terrorists at full throttle. Not exactly the place you'd expect to find a Bentley, then, but that's what the rumormill is pointing towards today. Wait a second, you say, ...

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    Report: Range Rover Evoque readies for Dakar with BMW power

    The Land Rover Evoque is headed to participate in the next running of the Dakar Rally with a few necessary modifications. The British Excite Rally Raid Team is planning to take to the sands of South America with three cars shelled in the body of an Evoque. Under the hood, however, the T3 racers ...

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    Report: Volkswagen unlikely to return to Dakar

    Everything has its cost. And in the case of Volkswagen's new WRC effort, that cost appears to be Dakar. The German automaker has dominated the famous rally raid for the last three years, but if the latest reports come to pass, VW could be preparing to retire the Race Touareg. Volkswagen, it ...

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    Latvian team aims to be first to contest Dakar rally with EV [w/video]

    The Dakar Rally covers more than 5,500 miles of rough terrain through some of the harshest conditions in South America. It's hell on both machines and drivers, demanding reliability from high-strung engines and full focus from people running on very little sleep. The strains are enough to kill ...

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    Volkswagen celebrates hat-trick victory in Dakar Rally

    Volskwagen claims victory in the Dakar Rally – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Volkswagen has plenty to celebrate this year in the deserts of South America. The German team claimed its second consecutive podium lock-out and its third consecutive overall victory in the brutal Dakar ...

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    X-Raid Mini Countryman reportedly crashes out of Dakar

    X-Raid Mini Countryman All4 Racing – Click above for high-res image gallery
    So much for the maxi Mini. The X-Raid Countryman rally raider, whose development we've been following from the get-go, was forced out of the Dakar rally over the weekend, ending the rally-prepped Mini's campaign ...

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    Report: Carlos Sainz and VW lead Dakar through two stages

    The 2011 Dakar Rally is only two stages old, but there's already a big-time force at the top of the leader board. CNN reports that defending Dakar champion and Volkswagen driver Carlos Sainz has put the pedal to the metal to win the first two events and is leading BMW driver Stephane Peterhansel ...

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    First photos of X-Raid Mini Countryman Dakar rally machine emerge

    X-Raid Mini Countryman All4 Racing – Click above for high-res images
    Some vehicles take longer to develop than others, but this has got to be one of the quickest turn-arounds we've seen yet. When we reported just last week that the X-Raid rally team was preparing a version of the Mini ...

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    X-Raid previews Mini All4 for Dakar

    X-Raid Mini All4 Racing – Click above for full-size image
    Mini is going to Dakar, or at least the 2011 Dakar Argentina-Chile race. Monster Energy has partnered up with the X-Raid Team to bring a diesel-powered Mini Countryman to the sands of South America in just 90 days. The team started ...

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    KTM 990 Adventure Dakar set to bow at EICMA

    KTM 990 Adventure Dakar – Click above to enlarge
    KTM has decided to commemorate the company's outright domination of the infamous Paris-Dakar race with a new special edition bike. Called the Adventure 990 Dakar, the moto looks to be little more than a paint and graphics package. Along with ...

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    Volkswagen unveils Race Touareg 3 for 2011 Dakar Rally duty

    Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Volkswagen has had great success with its diesel-powered Race Touareg 2, earning wins in both the 2009 and 2010 Dakar Rally. For the 2011 event, however, a brand new race truck will be entered, mimicking the changes made to ...

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    Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 teased, confirmed and under development

    Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 teaser – Click above for high-res image
    While the latter years of the Dakar rally (when it was actually held in Dakar) may have belonged to the Mitsubishi Pajero, in the past two years since the premiere rally-raid event was moved from its namesake in North Africa ...

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    Yes, that's a dirt bike flying over an airborne Dakar truck

    One jump to rule them all – Click above for high-res image gallery
    Having one cool ride jump an (arguably) even cooler one while the latter is also midair seems like a righteous idea to us. Fortunately, Red Bull teamed up with a couple of insane Russians to make it happen. FMX rider Alexey ...

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    Eco Unfriendly: Dakar 2010 caused 570K of damage in Chile

    Despite the best efforts of racing organizations the world over to clean up their image, it's pretty tough to consider any kind of motorsport squeaky clean. Apparently, that's especially true of the recent Dakar rally in South America. Besides the expected burning of fossil fuels and the ...

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    Report: Dakar imposters busted with 800+ kilos of cocaine in faux rally truck

    Smugglers are, by nature, a crafty bunch. Slaves to the market forces of supply and demand, drug runners risk liberty and limb to pedal their life-ruining wares around the world. Doing so requires a healthy helping of creativity, so it should come as no surprise that an Ibiza-based drug ring ...


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