Qatar Red Bull Rally Team sends two Dakar Rally champions back to the desert

Qatar Red Bull Rally Team sends two Dakar Rally champions back to the desert

21.11.2012: 2013 with a new concept car The Dakar Rally remains the toughest Rally Raid on earth and the greatest test of endurance that Motorsport has to offer. 2013 with a new concept car

The Dakar Rally remains the toughest Rally Raid on earth and the greatest test of endurance that Motorsport has to offer. Joining the race for the first time in 2013 will be the Qatar Red Bull Rally Team, a completely new team that features some familiar faces.

While 2013 represents a Dakar debut for the Qatar Red Bull Rally Team, by recruiting a pair of former Dakar Rally champions to drive their two completely new and especially designed desert buggies they have shown they mean business.

2011 Dakar Rally champion Nasser Al-Attiyah and 2010 Dakar Rally champion Carlos Sainz will be the men behind the wheel for the Qatar Red Bull Rally Team in January 2013. The entirely new concept for the debut team came directly from an original idea from Nasser who has had input at every step of the project.

In the co-pilot seat alongside each driver will be an expert navigator who has also tasted victory at the Dakar Rally. Keeping Nasser company in the desert will be Lucas Cruz while Timo Gottschalk will be keeping his eyes on the road for Carlos. In an interesting twist to the Qatar Red Bull Rally Team story, Lucas tasted Dakar Rally triumph alongside Carlos while Timo secured victory with Nasser. Now the co-drivers have swapped seats ahead of the 2013 Dakar Rally.

The innovative concept behind the Qatar Red Bull Rally Team car is a combination of the rugged, hardwearing bodywork of a North American Baja Buggy blended with cutting edge European precision engineering. Another crucial element of the design of the buggy has been the drivers’ own Dakar experience and input into the project. Nasser and Carlos have both had their say on how to build the best car for the upcoming desert challenge.

The vehicle Nasser and Carlos will drive at the desert classic has been subject to extensive testing on the world’s most challenging terrains, an essential part of pre-Dakar preparation.

Both Nasser and Carlos will need to be in perfect unison with their new machines if they are to successfully navigate the Dakar’s 8,000km course running through the deserts of Peru, Argentina and Chile.

The testing of the buggy has been exhaustive but only when the Dakar Rally gets underway on January 5th will we know for sure what result the Qatar Red Bull Rally Team will be capable of achieving on their debut Dakar.

- Tim Sturtridge -  photos Red Bull


21.11.2012 / MaP

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