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Old 10-05-2013, 07:09 AM   #1
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Dakar 2014 - On 4 wheels (autos & SXS)

The time is getting nigh. It is time for this thread again.

With no Robby G, I wonder who is going to be the "Character" of 2014

And who is going to give the minis a bit of elbow in the ribs

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Old 10-05-2013, 07:24 AM   #2
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More Saffers enter the fray

The Blue Oval Boys from South Africa have decided to follow on the success of Toyota and make a determined effort at the Dakar.
Should be interesting as Ford and Toyota are neck and neck in the South African Championship









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Ideal conditions replicate Dakar Rally terrain in South America with massive dunes, undulating river beds and harsh rocky terrainfull Dakar team present, including Argentinian driver Lucio Alvarez and co-driver Ronnie Graue, South Africans Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst and local and international race engineers, mechanics and team management Walvis Bay in Namibia 2013.

The full-scale test encompassed a complete shake-down and set-up of the mighty Dakar-specification 5,0-litre V8 Ford Ranger, and featured almost the entire local and international Ford Racing crew including team management, drivers and navigators, race engineers and mechanics.

"This is the first time the Dakar Rally Ranger has really been tested," says Neil Woolridge, team manager. "We did a short two-day test in Pietermartizburg straight after the launch of the Dakar campaign in July, but this is our first opportunity to evaluate all aspects of the vehicle and focus on the race set-up."

The test was conducted approximately 30 km from Walvis Bay and was based at the Lauberville Camp, a concession area run by West Coast 4x4.

"We chose this area near Walvis Bay as it has a bit everything and replicates a lot of the conditions we will encounter on the Dakar," Woolridge explains. "There's a huge dry river bed with soft sand and lots of undulations that really gives the suspension a good workout. The area is also famous for its dune driving, plus there are vast open rocky plains that allowed us to test the high-speed performance of the Ranger."

Argentinian lead driver Lucio Alvarez, who has completed three Dakars with two top 10 finishes, agreed that the area is ideal for the Ranger's first full test. "The location was very good for training and testing because you have all the different types of terrain experienced on Dakar.

"It matches a lot of the Dakar stages we've done through Argentina, Peru and Chile over the past three years, which makes it the perfect place to test the vehicle in the right conditions," he says.

An exhaustive schedule was put together for the Namibia test, according to Wooldridge, with one of the main priorities being to set up the suspension and dampers on the Team Ford Racing Ranger.

"We gave BOS, our suspension partners in France, all the dimensions of the vehicle, the weights, wheel travel and specifications and they built the dampers and tested them on a suspension dyno according to those requirements," Woolridge explains. "However the final set-up had to be done on the car and we had two of their technicians with us during the Namibia test to upgrade the dampers to the latest specification and fine-tune the settings."

The second main objective was to run the 5,0-litre V8 engine used in the Ranger with a 36 mm restrictor and Avgas as used on Dakar. The South African-spec Ranger, as campaigned in the local Cross Country Championship, uses a 35 mm restrictor and normal unleaded fuel.

The Ranger uses an advanced Magneti Marelli engine management system, and a specialist engine technician from Oreca Motorsport's Engine Technology division in France was also on hand to optimise the engine mapping for the mighty V8 to maximise its performance.

"We also set out to do as much mileage on this brand new car as possible," Woolridge says. "Although it's similar to the SA-spec Ranger, the FIA-specification for the Dakar allows us to use a totally different independent rear suspension compared to the live rear axle used in local racing."

Further changes include high-performance Brembo 6-piston brake callipers and pistons compared to production-based versions on the local version, and the engine is moved 100 mm back. The vehicle also boasts a massive 500-litre fuel tank for the long stages versus a 200-litre tank that's required for the SA championship, which poses a unique set of challenges in terms of weight distribution and suspension configuration.

As the lead duo for the Ford Racing Dakar campaign, Alvarez and navigator Ronnie Graue believe the Ranger, which is built in Pietermaritzburg by Neil Woolridge Motorsport, is an impressive package.

"It's early days but the Ranger is very good," Alvarez says. "The design and chassis are excellent and we simply need to fine-tune some aspects of the vehicle, including finding the perfect set-up for the suspension and optimising the engine and gear ratios. But overall the Ranger is great to drive."

Although the 2014 Dakar Rally will be the first for Chris Visser and co-driver Japie Badenhorst, they are front-running competitors in the South African Cross Country Championship, and have been part of the winning formula that has seen the new Ranger take victory on its debut in March, followed up by podium finishes in every race since.

Visser was equally impressed with the performance of the Dakar-specification Ranger in the arid Walvis Bay test area. "This was the first time we drove this Ranger and it is superb. The independent suspension gives it a much softer ride than our SA-spec vehicle, which makes it very comfortable.

"It is really good in the dunes and once the suspension, engine mapping and gear ratios are all sorted we will have a really competitive vehicle," Visser says. "The Ford Racing Ranger has performed extremely well so far, and this is exactly the right environment to test in, as it has a bit of everything and is very close to what we will encounter on the Dakar.

"It's also important for Japie and I to get as much time as possible in the dunes, as it's not something we're used to. The navigation and GPS systems are very different to what we use in the local championship, so we have a bit of work to do on those fronts but Lucio and Ronnie have been very helpful and supportive and we have no doubt that we'll be competitive on the Dakar Rally."
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Old 10-05-2013, 07:35 AM   #3
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Is the bugly making another appearance? With some lessons learned now that team is certainly a contender
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:39 AM   #4
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RG and BJ Baldwin just got back from Toyo in Japan . A partnership for Dakar ?
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Toyota also went to Namibia for a play



The poor South African Rand must be working in Glynn Hall's favour. There seem to be a lot of the South African built Toyotas riding around in the rally world at the moment
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Old 10-05-2013, 08:56 AM   #6
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With no Robby G, I wonder who is going to be the "Character" of 2014
I spent a while looking through a lot of fan video of the cars from this year's Dakar. The point was to put together a brief highlight video. There are only a few seconds of the Mini's because they are so boring. They are obviously fantastic vehicles, but unless they are wrecking or getting passed by RG or one of the camiones they are boring. Somebody needs to drill a hole in their exhaust or make some flames shoot out the back when they accelerate or something.

The Toyotas are actually pretty fun to watch. They come screaming by and look pretty cool. If anyone ends up driving one of the Hummers let's hope they have mad skills or are crazy. The Hummer's going to sound great regardless, but RG driving like a bat out of hell is what made it epic.

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Old 10-10-2013, 01:47 PM   #7
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Nice work editing, Mike ... I like this one

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Old 10-29-2013, 09:17 AM   #8
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Just posted by wrk2surf in the Bivouac thread:

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RG's support trucks leaving for Argentina





the second truck looks to be Dodge Badged
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Old 10-30-2013, 09:44 PM   #9
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Another Buggy

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Old 10-30-2013, 10:11 PM   #10
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Repeat Champions! Peterhansel and his MINI ALL4 Racing Win the 2013 Dakar Rally.

Highlights from last year. I'm guessing the Car/Team will probably be the same for this year?

I think its worth watching and hadn't seen it yet so, here you go.





Here is a link to an article from Car and Drive with some really close up, interesting photos of the MINI: http://blog.caranddriver.com/dakar-w...ni-countryman/

I like the duct tape holder.

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Brenthel Industries has racked up a string of impressive race results in 2013.

Their vehicles have competed and won on some of the most demanding courses in North America. In 2014 they will be headed south, way south, to field a race vehicle in the Dakar Rally. The Dakar Rally is one of the greatest challenges in motorsports. Racers run along the beach at sea level and crest Andean peaks. They traverse sand dunes, deserts and rock strewn mountains during sixteen separate stages of racing through Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. All maintenance and repairs are done in the field, overnight after each day’s stage. Mechanics and crew complete their work and then travel to the next bivouac to wait the racers arrival.Brenthel Industries already had a vehicle in development designed exclusively for Dakar when Jonathan Brenthel entered the 2013 Dakar Challenge. The Dakar Challenge seeks to introduce new talent into the Dakar Rally. The racer who amassed the most points in the SCORE Baja 500 and HDRA Reno 500 would qualify for an entry into the Dakar Rally. Jonathan would unfortunately finish second to class 10 competitor Peter Hajas but the two would develop a mutual respect for each other that would eventually result in a unique collaboration. After assessing what it would take to compete in the Dakar Rally, Hajas had doubts whether his class 10 car could be configured to successfully complete some of the longer stages. That’s when the idea emerged; Brenthel Industries would finish construction of their Dakar vehicle, outfit a custom support truck and provide crew and logistics; Hajas would be the driver. “I have always been impressed with Brenthel’s application of advanced technology,” said Peter Hajas, “Dakar is a marathon, it takes a different approach. Brenthel has what we needed to take on such a tremendous challenge.”The Brenthel Dakar vehicle is perfectly suited for the task at hand. Everything Brenthel manufactures goes through their meticulous development process that begins with hours of CAD design work and refinement with finite element analysis before any construction takes place. Components are cnc bent, laser notched and accurately fixtured during construction. The uniformity of parts allows any component that may be damaged in competition to be repaired quickly and easily. Dakar vehicles need to be designed and constructed to endure the punishment but also be maintained along the route. “Dakar is an incredible undertaking,” said Jonathan Brenthel, “It would have been difficult for Peter or me to undertake this challenge alone. We think it’s important to field a team of desert racers from the United States. We are going to bust our tails to get down there. We have a great foundation but we are also going to need some support from sponsors to make it happen.”American racers who have been there before like Robby Gordon and Darren Skilton have set fine examples to follow in the Dakar Rally. Brenthel hopes to add to that history of American achievement.

The Rally attracts 745 competitors from 53 nations and 4.6 million spectators. It is followed around the world with 1200 hours of broadcasting on 70 TV channels in 190 countries; it is a truly global event. Brenthel Industries is ready to step up and take on the challenge as well.

For more info on the many vehicles and services Brenthel provides go to: www.brenthelindustries.com



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EVR and Jefferies Racing build new rally pickup trucks with big V8s for Dakar


Eric Vigouroux,‘Ballistic’ BJ Baldwin and Jefferies Racing have teamed up to build beefy 2WD pickup trucks to take on the 2014 Dakar. Named the EVR Proto VX 101 Rally Raid Concept the pickups will be powered by a LS7 Corvette racing engine. The transmission will be a ‘Fortin’ sequential gearbox. All the power will be fed to the rear wheels as the EVR Proto VX 101 Rally Raid Concept will compete in the 2WD category.

“After several seasons with my Chevrolet Silverado for top honours in the past years we have decided to develop and build a totally new race truck. Based on our experience Jefferies Racing in California, USA, has constructed two competition vehicles. Despite Dakar 2014 being the first real competition for the EVR Proto VX 101 Rally Raid Concept, our goal is to show the world the potential of our team.” – - Eric Vigouroux


The body is that of the oversea’s Chevrolet Colorado, but there is no mistaking the source of the V8. Corvette power on the dunes? Combine that power with two ace drivers and I know there’s a new team to watch during the 2014 Dakar.


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Eric Vigouroux, Frenchman by birth but living in San Diego, USA, is a veteran off-road racer. In 2014 Eric will contest his 14th Dakar. Vigouroux has won almost every rally raid he entered the last four years. In 2010 he became FIA World Cup Champion in the 2WD category and last year Eric was the overall winner of the 2012 Rally of Morocco against all the factory teams. With fifteen years of experience, a professional team and a totally new, high-performance pickup, Vigouroux definitely has the potential to create some big surprises.


BJ Baldwin is a very well-known rally raid driver in the USA and has competed in all different types of off-road racing. He holds four championships in the last six years with several race wins including the Baja 500 and he drove a HUMMER in 2010 in Dakar 2010. With great experience and having competed in over 500 desert races, BJ Baldwin can be reckoned to be a top ten finisher in Dakar 2014 and could win some special stages.





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The 2WD class is becoming the silly season division...

EVR, Eric Vigoroux, BJ Baldwin an Jeffries racing...?

Hang on a second... wasn't Jeffries racing the crowd who built Nasser's Buglies... which he ran with Carlos last year?

So are Jeffries doing two projects for 2014 DAKAR... or is Nasser and Magnaldi on their own now with the "last years Buglies" while Eric and BJ go the "Dakar suited up Trophy Truck" route with Jeffries, and Carlos jumps ship with a fistfull of Red Bull posters in his pocket to SMG?
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EVR, Eric Vigoroux, BJ Baldwin an Jeffries racing...?

Hang on a second... wasn't Jeffries racing the crowd who built Nasser's Buglies... which he ran with Carlos last year?

So are Jeffries doing two projects for 2014 DAKAR... or is Nasser and Magnaldi on their own now with the "last years Buglies" while Eric and BJ go the "Dakar suited up Trophy Truck" route with Jeffries, and Carlos jumps ship with a fistfull of Red Bull posters in his pocket to SMG?
Or is the Bugly and Trophy Truck have the same or similar guts an different bodies?

Did I miss it...who is driving the second Bugly this year?
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