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Alfa Romeo 4C Looks Killer (However Unlikely) In Dakar Rally Spec 19
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Alfa Romeo 4C, alfa-romeo, Dakar, Renderings on 12 19th, 2017

To make a Dakar rally machine, you want to start with something robust, with good ground clearance and off-road chops you can build upon. Something… rather unlike an Alfa Romeo 4C, in short, but that’s the fantasy we’re looking at here.

Rendered by Seattle-based artist Mo Aoun, the improbable prospect before us turns Alfa’s lightweight track toy into a dune-jumping, desert-crossing rally raider.

On second thought, though, the idea may not be that crazy. Most of the top-tier machinery contesting the Dakar these days are custom fabricated with lightweight bodywork, often with their engines in the back, and (in the case of the current reigning Peugeot) just two driven wheels.

With Peugeot planning to withdraw after the next running, the Dakar’s going to need a new front-runner. Alfa Romeo isn’t likely to pick up that particular mantle – especially now that it’s (sort of) returning to F1. But it’d sure be awesome if it did.

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MINI John Cooper Works Buggy Revealed For The Dakar Rally 21
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Dakar, MINI, Motorsport, racing, rally, Rally Cars on 11 21st, 2017

MINI has introduced the new John Cooper Works Buggy which will compete in the 2018 Dakar Rally.

Set to be driven by the X-raid team, the JCW Buggy is a rear-wheel drive model that is powered by a 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel engine that produces 340 PS (250 kW) and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque.

The model rides on a tubular steel frame and features unique bodywork that was developed in “close cooperation with MINI Design.” While the model doesn’t look like anything in MINI’s lineup, the rally car is extremely lightweight as its body is constructed out of Kevlar and carbon fiber reinforced plastic.

The rally car has already undergone an extensive testing program which has seen the model tackle tough terrain in places such as Morocco and Hungary. X-raid team manager Sven Quandt says these tests have been quite successful as the “buggy never had to stop once due to a technical problem.”

The JCW Buggy will be joined by the familiar JCW Rally. Despite looking virtually identical to last year’s model, the latest JCW Rally has “targeted advancements” including a new chassis which is lighter and allows for more suspension travel.

MINI will be bringing seven vehicles to this year’s race and the three JCW Buggies will be driven by Mikko Hirvonen, Bryce Menzies, and Yazeed Al-Rajhi. The four JCW Rally models will be piloted by Orlando Terranova, Jakub Przygonski, Joan “Nani” Roma, and Boris Garafulic.

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Peugeot’s Going For One More Dakar Win Before It Quits 2
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dakar, Motorsport, PEUGEOT, Peugeot 3008 on 11 2nd, 2017

Peugeot's on a bit of a winning streak at the Dakar Rally. It won in 2016, again in 2017, and is going for a third next year. But that'll be the last one.
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Peugeot Aims To Win 3rd Consecutive Dakar Rally With New 3008DKR Maxi [30 Pics + Video] 28
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dakar, Motorsport, PEUGEOT, Peugeot 3008, Peugeot Videos, Rally Cars, video on 06 28th, 2017

Winning the Dakar Rally is one of the most challenging feats in motorsport. So when a manufacturer develops a winning platform, it tends to stay at the front of the pack for years.
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Peugeot Positively Dominated The 2017 Dakar Rally With 1-2-3 Win 15
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dakar, Motorsport, PEUGEOT, Peugeot 3008 on 01 15th, 2017

Peugeot has emerged as the dominant force to be reckoned with in the Dakar Rally as the French team not only took overall victory in the famously grueling event, but locked out the final podium with a 1-2-3 finish.
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Mini Details New 6-Cylinder JCW Rally Car Ahead Of 2017 Dakar [30 Pics] 29
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Dakar, Galleries, MINI, MINI Countryman, Rally Cars on 12 29th, 2016

Mini shed light to its new long-distance cross-country rally car ahead of the 2017 Dakar Rally which is set to start on January 2.
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Nissan Restores 1987 Patrol Paris-Dakar Rally Car Back To Its Former Glory 12
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Classics, Dakar, nissan, Nissan Patrol, Nissan Videos, Rally Cars, video on 12 12th, 2016

Every year, Nissan puts a pot of money aside to bring old projects back to life as part of its 'Performance Innovation' program, with the latest model to benefit from this fund being the classic Patrol racer.
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New Peugeot 3008 DKR Gets Dressed Up In Dakar Combat Gear 23
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Dakar, Motorsport, PEUGEOT, Peugeot 3008, Rally Cars on 11 23rd, 2016

After winning the last Dakar, Peugeot have a lot to defend, and even more to prove, in the upcoming event.
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MINI’s New JCW Rally Car For Dakar 2017 Has A BMW Straight-Six 16
Posted by Brad Anderson in Dakar, John Cooper Works, MINI, MINI Countryman, Motorsport, new cars, racing, Rally Cars on 11 16th, 2016

Mini has just unveiled its 2017 Mini John Cooper Works Rally, set to compete next year in a number of long-distance rallies starting with the famed Dakar.
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Peugeot Out To Defend Dakar Trophy With New 3008 DKR 13
Posted by Carscoops Staff in Dakar, Motorsport, PEUGEOT, Peugeot 3008, Rally Cars on 09 13th, 2016

After winning the Dakar Rally earlier this year, Peugeot will be keen to defend its title across the South American countryside next year. What you see here is the new rally-raid machine with which it intends to do so.
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Toyota Ready To Tackle 2017 Dakar Rally With New Hilux Evo 1
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Dakar, racing, Rally Cars, south-africa, TOYOTA, Toyota Hilux on 09 1st, 2016

The South African arm of Toyota Gazoo Racing revealed their new Dakar Rally challenger, based on the Hilux pickup truck.
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Watch As A VW Polo WRC Is Hunted By A 10-Ton Drakar Racer Truck 18
Posted by Brad Anderson in Dakar, Offbeat News, Rally Cars, Red Bull, video, VW, VW Videos on 08 18th, 2016

There's nothing quite as annoying as having a massive off-roader tailgating you and your tiny little hatchback. Spare a thought for WRC star Jari-Matti Latvala then as never before has a rally car looked so squeamish, tiny or insignificant as his Polo does in this clip.
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Peugeot 2008 DKR-Inspired CUV Pops Up On The Horizon 13
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Dakar, PEUGEOT, Peugeot 2008, Reports on 05 13th, 2016

Apart from hot hatches, Peugeot considers introducing the GTi badge on their crossovers, with the Dakar-winning 2008 leading the way.
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Dune-Demolishing Pajero Evolution For £5,000? Take My Money, Please 12
Posted by Carscoop Carscoop in Dakar, Mitsubishi, Mitsubishi Pajero on 03 12th, 2016

Devised in the 1990s' to compete in the Paris-Dakar Rally T3 Class, which was meant for mass-production models, this Mitsubishi was more than just another 4×4.
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