2013 DAKAR RALLY – MINI Monster Energy X-raid Team

  • Monster Energy X-raid Team enters four upgraded MINI ALL4 Racing cars, based on the MINI Countryman
  • Team leader and record breaker, Stéphane Peterhansel starts favorite to win
  • More pre-event testing of MINI ALL4 Racing cars conducted than ever before
  • X-raid Team determined to repeat its winning performance of 2012
  • 14 days of high-speed action across South America’s toughest terrain

Mini Dakar 2013

Lima, Peru – January 4, 2013…The Monster Energy X-raid Team and its quartet of MINI ALL4  Racing cars are all set to contest the 35th Rally Dakar, which gets  underway in Lima on Saturday, January 5, 2013.  Every member of the  X-raid team is determined to repeat the squad’s 2012 triumph by  claiming victory on the 2013 Dakar Rally.  Facing a more challenging  route, different technical regulations, and even stronger opposition,  the X-raid team has undertaken more pre-event testing than ever before.

This year’s rally route is anticipated to be the toughest ever held  in South America, with competitors driving 8,000 kilometers (4,970  miles) through three countries (Peru, Argentina and Chile), during 14  days of action to reach the finish in Santiago.  The overall route is  far more intense than in previous years, and there will be no easy  start for the four MINI ALL4 Racing machines as the first three days  take place across challenging desert sand dunes.

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Monster Energy X-raid Dakar 2013 Rally Team

The X-raid team won the Dakar Rally for the first time last year,  with legendary super-star driver Stéphane Peterhansel taking victory  at the wheel of a MINI ALL4 Racing machine.  For the 2013 event, the  team’s driver line-up comprises 10-times winner Stéphane Peterhansel  (French, age 47) and long-term co-driver, Jean-Paul Cottret. Behind  the wheel of the the other three MINI vehicles will be driver, Joan  ‘Nani’ Roma (Spanish, age 40) and co-driver, Michel Périn; Leonid  Novitskiy (Russian, age 44) and Konstantin Zhiltsov; and Krzysztof  Holowczyc (Polish, age 50) with Filipe Palmeiro.  In total, the X-raid  team’s crew members have 20 years of Dakar Rally experience.

Stéphane Peterhansel

Team leader Stéphane Peterhansel is a remarkable record breaker, a  legend in his lifetime, and once again starts as one of the favorites  to win in 2013.  With 23 Dakar starts under his belt, Peterhansel is  the most experienced and most successful driver, with more wins than  anyone else (six wins on bikes, four in cars) earning him the nickname  “Mr. Dakar”.

MINI ALL4 Racing

The 4.3-meter long MINI ALL4 Racing car is already a proven Dakar  winner – claiming victory in 2012, with four other X-raid team  machines finishing in the top 10 that year.  For the 2013 event, the  MINI ALL4 Racing squad sports new, high-visibility colors, and  technical upgrades to comply with new regulations while also enhancing  pace and reliability.  The new rear spoiler is designed to produce  extra downforce, guide hot air from the engine bay over the roof and  extract air from the cabin to improve ventilation.

The MINI ALL4 Racing cockpit provides plenty of space for the two-man  crew.  Each member is secured by six-point harnesses in  specially-formed Recaro motorsport seats and wears a HANS safety  system head and neck support.

The specially made dashboard displays the bare minimum of information  in three parts: driver, center, and co-driver.  For example, vital  information, such as speed, oil pressure, temperatures and electronics  information is displayed centrally – visible for both driver and  co-driver.  This center stack can be replaced (if necessary) in just  three minutes, optimizing servicing times.

Dakar Racing

The twin-turbo diesel engine is a 2,993 cc power unit based on a BMW  production engine and was built by BMW Motoren GmbH in Magna Steyr,  Austria.  The engine is designed to be used in endurance races under  the toughest conditions, and generates over 300hp at 3,250 rpm, with  immense torque of almost 516 ft lb (700 Nm) at just 2,100 rpm.  This  enables the MINI ALL4 Racing to hit a top speed of 178 km/h (110 mph)  with all-wheel drive traction delivering sensational acceleration on  all types of surface.  The MINI ALL4 Racing is equipped with a Sadev  six-speed, sequential manual gearbox, Xtrac differentials, and weighs  1,900 kg (empty).

2013 Dakar Rally

MINI in the US

MINI is an independent brand of the BMW Group. In the United States,  MINI USA operates as a business unit of BMW of North America, LLC,  located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey and includes the marketing and  sales organizations for the MINI brand.  The MINI USA sales  organization is represented in the U.S. through a network of 115 MINI  passenger car dealers in 38 states. MINI USA began selling vehicles in  the U.S. in 2002 with the introduction of the MINI Cooper and MINI  Cooper S Hardtops.  Since then, the MINI Brand in the U.S. has grown  to encompass a model range of six unique vehicles.