The Dakar is a rally of extremes. Not only are man and machine pushed to their very limits, but the scenery along the 8000-kilometre plus route is also phenomenal and contrasting on an almost daily basis.
The very first day of the Dakar took the competitors along gorgeous beaches on the Atlantic coast on the way to Santa Rosa de la Pampa. The following day the route became dustier and the ground more rugged, before the drivers also came across some water and muddy sections on the way to Chilecito.
On day five, the white dunes of Fiambalá followed a number of gravelly sections on red sand. Then came the Andes, and with them the snow, to which the sixth special stage fell victim. From there it was a case of sand, sand and more sand in the driest region in the world, the Atacama Desert, until the Dakar caravan eventually reached the Pacific in Iquique.
Enjoy the most beautiful scenic images of the 2012 Dakar here.
A good eight weeks after his Dakar victory, Stéphane Peterhansel is back in Dakar mode. The eleven-time Dakar champion will be back to defend his title in 2014 – in a MINI ALL4 Racing.
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A good month and a half after winning the Rally Dakar, MINI is launching the MINI John Cooper Works Countryman ALL4 Racing Dakar Winner 2013 – in a seriously limited edition.
Ultimate cornering, breathtaking acceleration.
Nobody has more Dakar victories to his name than Stéphane Peterhansel. For every one of his eleven titles we have twice as many photos of his most recent success: Congratulations, Stéphane.
A car built for victory. The MINI John Cooper Works Challenge races across the track at 240 km/h.
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