Living legend The Dakar Rally turns 30 at ONEIGHTURBO — Volkswagen Iltis

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Living legend: The Dakar turns 30

A wonderful history that even we didn’t know with regards to and the Dakar. We love watching the and this year will be as great with 4 Race entered. Mark your for January 5th, 2008.

The Iltis or Type 183. four wheel drive provided the basis for Audi’s system debuting in 1980.

(14 November 2007). Exceptional for the world’s toughest rally: four factory-fielded Volkswagen Touareg vehicles leave the ramp in Lisbon on 5 January this means the 30th of the Dakar Rally will

To this day, there is a mystique about the “Dakar” is matched by very few other events. No other rally is tougher, more strenuous and forgiving. Year after professionals and privateers meet for unique competition across Their sights are not set on victory Anyone who manages to weather the race and reaches the finish in can feel like a winner.

Origins in France – Volkswagen was the car manufacturer to contest the event

the Frenchman Thierry Sabine had the African continent on a motorcycle in – from the south to the north at the Rally – got lost in the Libyan and survived this critical he decided to launch his own desert On 26 December 1978, 170 contenders from the Place du Trocadéro in the of Paris to the first 10,000-kilometre event. Only a year Volkswagen took on this challenge with a factory The canvas top of the Iltis offroad and the leisurewear of the many private in their mostly production-based of that time reflect the of this adventure to this Yet the desert legs through Niger, Mali, (then) Volta and Senegal in an era preceding GPS and mobile phones were but a Sunday drive through the

In the battle of concepts, Volkswagen was with various ideas

The stood for a promising concept: A production-based offroad vehicle, by safety and navigation equipment, a fuel tank, sand and a few additional hp, was thought to be capable of This was proved by the seasoned Freddy Kottulinsky and Audi Gerhard Löffelmann in the co-driver’s who clinched overall victory in the offroader. Their teammates Zaniroli/Philippe Colesse completed the victory, and the two other Iltis fielded in the rally finished the top ten as well. In the years that various manufacturers were with more purpose-built At the same time, privateers to compete in production-based offroad – or in buggies that were built upon Volkswagen

The Volkswagen factory team opted for a buggy design returning to the Dakar Rally in – and was crowned with success. The was already being powered by an four-cylinder TDI engine and immediately a double victory in the two-wheel class as well as sixth and places overall.

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Thoroughbred prototype has been achieving and records

With its open concepts and three pillars – truck and motorcycle classifications – the Rally has remained true to its to this day. At the same the sporting competition has become fiercer. After fielding the Iltis in 1980 and the buggy in Volkswagen in 2004 started for the Race Touareg, a thoroughbred with four-wheel drive, in to prove the enormous power and capabilities of TDI technology in the most conditions. The tally so far shows 20 victories and 17 days of leading the What is more, in 2005 the Touareg – in third place – was the diesel-powered car ever to have the world’s toughest rally on the Last year, this was improved by the Race Touareg of the runner-up. In 2008, the Race could become the first racing car ever to win the Dakar

Distances like those of a season in other series – the lives on

With special amounting to a total 5,000 to kilometres, the “Dakar” contenders a distance test that is over the space of a whole in Formula 1 – and they do so in the rough reality of Africa. Since about 13,600 men and women participated in this adventure has taken them through 21 countries in the past 29 editions. from 43 nations competed in Media interest is immense: year, over 550 journalists 300 media witnessed the start and Every evening, the organiser, produces a half-hour TV highlight at the bivouac. The footage is made via satellite and broadcast by 75 channels the world. In 185 countries, this to an aggregate of 580 hours of TV coverage. In alone, more than 150 TV viewers are reached – an impressive considering that in the début of 1979 merely 20 journalists about the rally.

Like no other event, the Rally captivates hundreds of and millions of spectators – on location and in of their TV sets – every Even after 30 years, the legend, in which Volkswagen participate in January with and enthusiasm yet again, is alive and

— Volkswagen Motorsport

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