The MINI ALL4 Racing is ready to defend its Dakar Rally crown in 2015 and will take its drivers across 9,000 km of the South American continent, through Chile, Bolivia and Argentina. For 2015, the Dakar Rally will return to its origins and open up the exhausting marathon stage to all classes for the first time since the rally moved to South America in 2009.
For those who don’t know, drivers and their co-drivers don’t know their route until the night before when the co-driver will receive his Roadbook. The Roadbook shows the route, highlights the dangers and the different terrains the car must negotiate.
Driving the MINI ALL4 Racing car will be the Dakar legends, Nani Roma and his co-driver Michel Perin.
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.” [source: MINI]