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Old 11-19-2013, 06:02 AM   #16
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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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Old 11-19-2013, 06:05 AM   #17
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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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Old 11-19-2013, 06:12 AM   #18
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Old 11-19-2013, 06:25 AM   #19
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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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Old 11-19-2013, 10:39 AM   #21
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did i miss it...who is driving the second bugly this year?
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well this looks a lot more like the bugly then the concept art





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the article doesn't say much but has these photos and the concept art
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Old 11-19-2013, 11:07 AM   #23
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well this looks a lot more like the bugly then the concept art





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The concept art had the rugged tough look of a SCORE Trophy Truck.... but this (yeah it's similar underneath to the Bugly I am assuming).

If this is what Jeffries and Baldwin & Co are running... I'm baptising them to "Eric & BJ's Golf Carts"
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Something about the nose of that car looks strangly familiar.




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Nasser Al-Attiyah to race the 2014 Dakar with X-raid.

Just before the 2014 Dakar Rally that starts in January, 2014, X-raid succeeded in adding another major asset to its driver line-up: With Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, the German team successfully signed the experienced and extremely fast 2011 Dakar winner. Together with his long-term co-driver, Spaniard Lucas Cruz, Al-Attiyah will contest the event with a Mini All4 Racing......

The rest can be found here: http://www.marathonrally.com/news/23794.0.html

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Just before the 2014 Dakar Rally that starts in January, 2014, X-raid succeeded in adding another major asset to its driver line-up: With Qatar’s Nasser Al-Attiyah, the German team successfully signed the experienced and extremely fast 2011 Dakar winner. Together with his long-term co-driver, Spaniard Lucas Cruz, Al-Attiyah will contest the event with a Mini All4 Racing......

The rest can be found here: http://www.marathonrally.com/news/23794.0.html

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Dakar 2014 - On 4 wheels

What the heck!! Just give up the bugly and get in a countryman?? Doesn't he know he could have had one of those long ago.
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Nasser back with X-Raid

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It's not too early to brush off the rust and prepare ourselves for January:

God damnit. Don't remind me of that. I was so successfull surpressing that memory.

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Nasser Al Attiyah is back with the X-Raid-Team. Will there be even the slightest competition this year? :



http://www.bimmertoday.de/2013/11/19...i-all4-racing/

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What the heck!! Just give up the bugly and get in a countryman?? Doesn't he know he could have had one of those long ago.

Not entirely true... He burnt some bridges when he left BMW X-raid to take a seat at VW... then when the VW gig closed down, all the seats at (the one factory team left) Mini/X-Raid were filled...

Hence the 11th hour deal with Flash Gordon for 2012 in the Hummer, then the Bugly project last 2013 edition with el-matador (which now seems like it's stillborn, seeing as Carlos has taken his Red Bull coupons over to Speedy Gauche and SMG ). Seems like BJ and Eric have inherited the bugly technology into the Jeffries Golf Carts...

So now the Qatari Quid feels he needs a full spec T1 4WD to win eh? (after trying the 2WD formula?)... wonder if he looked at buying a Hilux from the Saffer's too?

I reckon he'd be paying top dollar for his Mini spot... and wonder where (he) thinks he falls in the team order/strategy along with Perfecthansel and nani and the other Mini-guns...?

The X-Raid team come with a proven package and the biggest armada of guns again this year it seems...?
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