The MINI ALL4 Racing is returning to the Dakar Rally to defend its crown.
Having won the previous edition of the iconic event, all eyes will be on the MINI All4 Racing cars as they attempt to repeat the victory in 2015.
Next year’s event will see the cars tackle a 9,000km route through some of the toughest terrain in Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. From merciless gravel to the high-altitude of the Andes and the blistering heat of the Atacama Desert, the MINI ALL4 Racing will travel through some of the most challenging driving conditions in the world.
The Dakar Rally places huge demands on the drivers as well as the cars. On average, competitors lose an enormous 65 litres of sweat and burn off 66,300 calories during the 13 days of racing. Each day’s rallying demands an average of six hours behind the wheel.
The participating pairs, drivers and their co-drivers, have to face challenges above and beyond those experienced in standard rallying. The crews in the Dakar Rally don’t know the route until the night before when the co-driver is given his Roadbook. The Roadbook is the key to the race with the route, dangers highlighted and the different terrains the car must negotiate included.
Dakar legends, Nani Roma and his experienced co-driver Michel Périn, a four-time Dakar winner himself, are aiming to defend their crowns as the ‘Kings of Dakar’ in the black and green MINI ALL4 Racing car.
Nani Roma said: “The Dakar Rally is the most physically and mentally challenging rally in the world. After doing it 18 times it runs through my blood. Winning the 2014 Dakar Rally in the MINI ALL4 Racing was very special to me because it came exactly ten years after my first Dakar victory,” says Roma who also won the 2004 Dakar Rally on a motorcycle.
“The MINI ALL4 Racing has been strong from start to finish. It is the way we know the MINI to be: powerful, reliable and fast. It has been a key factor in making my most recent Dakar victory possible. It will be a pleasure to be back in the MINI as I am looking forward to the 2015 Dakar Rally – ready to defend my title.”
The best of luck to Roma and Périn from everyone at Elms MINI.