THE celebrated annual Dakar Rally is an endurance spectacle of man and machine and takes place once again, this time on the challenging terrain of South America, from January 2 to 14 as it is still considered too dangerous to undertake in West Africa.
The 2017 Dakar Rally route will take in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay covering a distance of approximately 9000 kilometres. A longer duration at altitude has been planned along with the usual assortment of strength-sapping desert-like heat, unforgiving dunes, rocky ravines and river beds.
In addition to all of this, there are new navigation rules so that the 2017 Dakar promises to be a racing spectacle of some note.
Among the many participating car manufacturers, MINI will enter seven teams with some well-known and successful drivers.
2017 will see the race debut of the new MINI John Cooper Works Rally; a car built to win from experience gained with four successive Dakar Rally wins (2012-2015), and four FIA World cup titles.