Monday, January 5, 2015

The 2015 Dakar Rally at a Glance


The official Dakar teaser

The 2015 Dakar rally kicks off his year's racing season. Dakar is by far the toughest off-road motorsports contest anywhere. Over the course of its storied history, Dakar has seen over 20 driver deaths! The 37th edition of the race has 13 demanding stages: it starts in Buenos Aires, Argentina, goes through Chile and Bolivia, and ends back in the Argentinian capital.


On January 4, 665 competitors from 53 nations and 414 vehicles (164 motorcycles, 48 quads, 138 cars, and 64 trucks) started the race from Buenos Aires.

Robby Gordon will make his 11th attempt to become the first American to take overall victory. He is on a privateer team up against factory-backed efforts from defending champion Mini, perennial contender Peugeot, Toyota, Renault, and Ford.

The total length of the 2015 edition is 5,772 miles with two monster length stages. Highest elevation reached will be 13,650 feet and turbo cars will again have a distinct advantage in thin air.

Dakar 2015 – key figures
Total route: 5,772 miles
Total timed specials: 2,952 miles
Longest distance in a single day: 636 miles (Stage 12)
Longest timed special: 485 miles (Stage 8)
Shortest distance in a single day: 244 miles (Stage 13)
Average annual rainfall in the Atacama Desert (Chile): 0 in.
Competitors: 665
Vehicles: 414 (164 motorcycles, 48 quad bikes, 138 cars, 64 trucks)
Nationalities: 53, including first-time entries from India, New Zealand, and Taiwan
Spectators in 2014: 3.9 million (Argentina: 2.5 million; Bolivia: 410,000; Chile: 1 million)
TV hours: 1,200 in 190 countries
Start Sunday, January 4 – Rest Day Saturday, Jan 10 – Finish Saturday, January 17

Stages
January 4 Stage 1: Buenos Aires to Villa Carlos Paz – 411 mile liaison, 109 mile special (520 miles)
January 5 Stage 2: Villa Carlos Paz to San Juan – 66 mi. liaison, 322 mi. special (388 mi)
January 6 Stage 3: San Juan to Chilecito – 271 mi. liaison, 137 mi. special (408 mi.)
January 7 Stage 4: Chilecito to CopiapĆ³ – 369 mi. liaison, 196 mi. special (565 mi.)
January 8 Stage 5: CopiapĆ³ to Antofagasta – 148 mi. liaison, 285 mil special (433 mi.)
January 9 Stage 6: Antofagasta to Iquique – 229 mi. liaison, 198 mi. special (427 mi.)
January 10 Rest Day: Iquique, Chile
January 11 Stage 7: Iquique to Uyuni – 246 mi. liaison, 199 mi. special (445 mi.)
January 12 Stage 8: Uyuni to Iquique – 15 mi. liaison, 485 mi. special (500 mi.)
January 13 Stage 9: Iquique to Calama – 55 mi. liaison, 280 mi. special (335 mi.)
January 14 Stage 10: Calama Marathon Stage – 323 mi. liaison, 230 mi. special (553 mi.)
January 15 Stage 11: Marathon Stage to Termas Rio Honda – 100 mi. liaison, 218 mi. special (318 mi.)
January 16 Stage 12: Termas Rio Honda to Rosario – 451 mi. liaison, 185 mi. special (636 mi.)
January 17 Stage 13: Rosario to Buenos Aires – 136 mi. liaison, 108 mi. special (244 mi.)

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