Dakar - 2013 | A Preview - Cars & Buggies

Now that the introductions have been made, for the fifth edition organised on the South American continent, the Dakar will be hosted by three countries that have unveiled their characteristics over the last few years. To end the suspense, the route will be hitting the high notes and hitting hard from 5th to 20th January next year. For the first time, the desert stages will make their appearance in the first few days of the rally. After reacquainting with Lima, the drivers will get straight to the heart of the matter. The rest day that will take place in San Miguel de Tucuman will be more than welcome for the competitors, because, to reach Santiago, they will have to go the distance: more than 8,000 kilometres.

Cars & Buggies are definitely the fastest of all the categories & spectacular too.

Stephane Peterhansel, is perhaps one of the most experienced Dakar racer the world has known. He is been almost regular since two decades, since 1991. He started on motorbikes, which he won successively many times and later switched to cars/buggies and he has been successful too. It was in 2012, that he won his last in a factory Mini All 4 Racing Team.

Hungry for more: After his 2nd place finish at the 2012 Dakar Rally, Nani Roma wants to put the pedal to the metal once again.

Toyota too has been backing the South African team, Giniel de Villiers and Dirk von Zitzewitz in their conquest for glory in the Imperial Toyota Dakar Hilux.

Adam Malysz and Rafal Marton present their new car for the Dakar Rally in 2013, a 5000-mile race testing the best rally drivers in the world. 

There are only a handful of sportsmen who manage to reach the top in more than one discipline; Nasser has done it in two. Nasser became the first Qatari-born athlete to win an Olympic medal when he finished third in the men's skeet shooting competition at the 2012 London Games. His involvement in WRC cannot be forgotten either. Now by partnering with M-Sport, the 2013 season will be even more closely watched for the Qatari-an.

Despite his Olympic success Nasser still remains better known around the globe for his exploits as a rally driver. In 2008 he switched his focus to cross-country rallying and then signed with Volkswagen to compete in the 2010 Dakar Rally, finishing the race in second place behind VW team-mate Carlos Sainz. In 2011, he managed to make it to the top of the podium.

Robby Gordon, with his Hummer & Toyo Tires are ready to scorch the South American desert stages for with all the vigour & stamina.

The custom-built Dakar HUMMER driven by Robby Gordon and navigator Kellon Walch will tackle more than 8000 Km / 4970 Mi from Peru through Argentina and ending in Santiago, Chile making it the ultimate off-road adventure; the 34th Annual Dakar Rally.

“I am excited to go back to race the prestigious Dakar Rally and show the world that we are ready to give it our best shot once again at an overall victory.

Obviously our cars are good enough to compete for the win. Last year we had the fastest cars at the rally and led the most check points with the fastest times, with five wins as a team, two wins with the second HUMMER (which was also approved and is available to compete) and three wins for myself.

It is now time for us to go back and capitalize on what we developed and worked on over the last seven years to put ourselves in position to compete for the overall win," says the excited American.

Not just these listed above, but there is an exhaustive list of cars & competition, which we will witness in the coming two weeks. Stay tuned for more updates at the end of each day!

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