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VW Race Touareg 2 – Click above for high-res image gallery

In January 2009, Volkswagen took its first shot at the grueling Dakar Rally with some diesel-powered race Touaregs and finished first and second. This year, the automaker went back and took the first three positions at the finish. With an all-new Touareg on deck – we know, we know, the race vehicle doesn't share much with the production version – Volkswagen has decided to go back and try for the hat-trick. VW hasn't given any details, but we expect the 2011 race vehicle to be derived

There are thousands of iPhone apps for all "that" and too much more, but few that we think have the potential to be this cool. VW will contest the Dakar Rally from January 2-17 -- Race Touareg 2 drivers Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz Mark Miller finished 1-2 last year -- and you can follow the VW team with its Rally Mobile app.

Click above for high-res image gallery of shots from the 2008 Baja 1000

Click above for high-res image gallery of the Race Touareg 2