A lot of scrambling with charter flights to get the teams into SA, after booked commercial flights were cancelled and the borders closed.
Loeb has a new ( somewhat Ugly) ride, the Toyotas have been re-worked from last year,
With more power and tuned suspension.
Should be interesting. RDC - racedezert.com has a rally raid forum, and it can be a good source in addition to the more mainstream rally specific sites.
Most high end off-road race vehicles do not run a plate on the lower A-Arms.They build incredibly strong structures and rely on thrather than a plate for strength.
Now, in the dunes, which are a good part of this Dakar, adding a shield to the lower A-arm can act as a skid plate to allow the front end to slide over the sand when bottomed out, rather than digging in, as open A-Arms would tend to do.
I saw a bunch of Dakar entries in Paris years ago, when the raid actually went to Dakar.
For the most part, the prep and fabrication was quite crude, especially compared to the state of vehicles running the Baja races at that time.
Suspensions, roll cages, instrumentation and
Lighting were all pretty amateur compared what the top teams were turning out in Southern California and Nevada at the time.
That was then, this is now, and the standards have come together. Some ‘cars’
In this and recent Dakars have been built in SoCal (Jimco, Robby Gordon), as well as some of the UTV /,side by side entries.
I found it interesting that bikes (not sure about the other vehicles) is now limited in the number of tyres they can use - 6 if I remember correctly - mentioned during the prologue coverage I saw. Apparrently to be more in the original spirit of endurance.......
This one has a heavy enough plate that the lower shock mounts are welded to it....
Not usually seen in the US, but there are probably some like that.
Over the years, there are probably some of
‘Everything’, no doubt.
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