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The Stuttgart-based automaker Borgward will be returning to motor sports. The Borgward BX7 DKR is a thoroughbred SUV prototype that was specially created for this rally. The vehicle’s appearance is based on that of the Borgward BX7 volume model and will participate in the prototype class T1.1, which includes many illustrious vehicles.
Borgward has hired Nicholas Fuchs from Peru to drive the vehicle. Fuchs is an experienced rally driver with German roots who became the WRC2 Production Champion in 2013 and has also won numerous endurance races in North and South America.

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In the 2018 Dakar Rally, X-raid makes a significant move into a new era by presenting the MINI John Cooper Works Buggy! During the last 15 years, the Trebur (GER) based team fully focused on four-wheel drive vehicles, but in the 2018 Dakar which starts in early January at Lima, Peru, the team will enter with a premiere: a X-raid designed two-wheel drive desert racer.
The American Baja racer Bryce Menzies and his copilot Pete Mortensen will be one of the x-raid crews in the 2WD buggy

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Nice clip by the Walcher Racing-Team introducing their #racecar for the #2018Dakar, the QT Wildcat. The #Wildcat was initially made by Bowler Offroad and it is an evolution of the #Bowler Tomcat using some components from the Land Rover Defender. #Landrover #Defender #RallyRaid

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Toyota South Africa has announced Dakar 2018 team. The three crews will all be driving the new Toyota Hilux, a mid-engine layout with new suspension geometry. The new car conforms to the latest rules as set out by the FIA, and will race with a 38 mm air restrictor in Dakar 2018. The teams are:
Giniel de Villiers with navigator Dirk von Zitzewitz
Nasser Al Attiyah with Mathieu Baumel
Bernard ten Brinke with Michel Péro
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Dakar organizer ASO to handicap two-wheel drive buggy-style vehicles such as the 3008 DKR based on new regulation. Peugeot to walk away from Rally Raid if the concept presented by the FIA cross-country commission is adopted.
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Two-time Dakar Rally truck-class champion Gerard de Rooy will contest the Africa Eco Race over the Dakar Rally in 2018, Petronas Team De Rooy Iveco has announced.
The truck category frontrunner was a vocal critic of the 2017 route, having suggested that Dakar needs to rethink its presence in Bolivia after a number of stages were either cancelled or shortened due to the weather.
Petronas Iveco's main rival Kamaz has campaigned in both events - The Dakar and Africa Eco race - over the past few years, sweeping the two rally-raids in 2017.
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Rally Raid organizer ASO announces Peru, Bolivia and Argentina for #Dakar2018 with start in Lima, Peru at 6th of January 2018.
January 2018 in Peru..... hhhmmm?? And going parallel inland along the coast is asking for it....
We had already enough stage cancellations during last events.....
Fans AND racers want what Dakar supposedly is: A long distance Desert Rally Raid with dunes, sand and heat!!
So, do not get this post as negative, just posting some facts with scientific background.
Did they check the climate prediction center (CPC) and ENSO? ENSO is a single climate phenomenon, it has three states, or phases, it can be in. The two opposite phases, “El Niño” and “La Niña,” require certain changes in both the ocean and the atmosphere
El Niño is officially over according to NOAA’s climate prediction center and La Niña is likely on the way! Because many La Niña events last two or three years, there is already a slightly enhanced probability of La Niña in 2017-18, if history is any guide. In other words the #RallyRaid2018 may be right in the thick of that......
With 9 month to go to #Dakar2018 here some current news out of Peru.
Peru’s president said late last week that the flooding is the worst for the country since one of the strongest El Niño years on record.
"There hasn’t been an incident of this strength along the coast of Peru since 1998,” President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski said in a statement Friday.
Authorities in Peru have temporarily closed 23 ports due to abnormal waves thought to be linked to a “coastal El Nino” weather pattern, as the country suffers its worst flooding in decades.
The closure through at least Wednesday was ordered by Peru’s Directorate of Hydrography and Navigation.
Scientists say the coastal El Nino, with ocean temperatures about 5C warmer than normal, has been causing heavy rains in the Andes, filling rivers to the brink and triggering the flooding.
At least 78 people have died and more than 10,600 houses have been destroyed in the flooding, according to the country’s Institute for Civil Protection.
The deaths occurred in floods or landslides in the South American country, where 1,900 kilometers of roads have also been destroyed.
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While there was supposedly some talks/negotiation for #Dakar2018 to return to Peru ( and it is highly questionable with the fallout of of recent devastating downpour for this nation to stem logistics and financial burden for an event of this size considering the time-frame.
Flooding and mudslides caused by intense rains in Peru has now left at least 72 people dead. The scale of the destruction – the worst in recent memory – has seen more than half the country declare a state of emergency.
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