Volkswagen sends a fleet of 40 vehicles to support the 2012 Dakar Rally

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 21, 2011

For the third consecutive year, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will be the official supplier to the 2012 Dakar Rally – known as the toughest marathon rally in the world. The organization team, the Amaury Sport Organisation (A.S.O.), can use as support vehicles a fleet of almost 40 vehicles, 30 of which are Amarok pick-ups. The rally is set to take place from Jan. 1 to 15.

The starting line for the 2012 Dakar Rally is at Mar del Plata, Argentina. Competitors from around the world will go on this 9,000 kilometre journey that passes through Chile and proceed to the finish line at Lima, Peru.

On the rest day of this rally, the event will be visited by several highly esteemed visitors. Formula One star Jacky Ickx will show Scorpions’ Rudolf Schenker and boxer Dariusz Michalczewski some safety handling tips for the Amarok Automatic under off-road conditions.

In addition, windsurfers Bjoern Dunkerbeck, Klaas Voget and Robby Swift will go to the Atacama Desert to go dune-surfing. During the two-week rally, the Amaroks and other support vehicles would have to get through some of the most challenging terrain in the world.

The conditions will surely be extreme. These vehicles have to brave through different climate zones, going from the Atlantic to the Pacific and right pass the Atacama Desert to the Andes mountains, even through canyons.

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