One of the most exciting and demanding off-road events in the world, The Dakar Rally, will now have a Falken Tire-shod entry – running its highly regarded WildPeak tire – through Brenthel Industries, the Score 2013 7200 Class Champions.
The Huntington Beach, CA-based designer and builder of sophisticated, race-winning vehicles has committed to entering the 2014 Dakar Rally, the 35th running of the renowned event, which takes place in South America from January 5-18, 2014. Brenthel Industries will team up with American Driver Peter Hajas, with Brenthel providing the support team, including a number of chase trucks. The Dakar, as it is commonly known, is one of the greatest challenges in motorsports, and race vehicles must be ready to conquer both the beachfront as well as the rough and harsh terrains of Argentina, Bolivia and Chile.
“Dakar is an incredible undertaking,” declared Team Manager Jonathan Brenthel, “and our specially built Brenthel Dakar vehicle is perfectly suited for the job. Everything we manufacture goes through a meticulous development process that begins with hours of CAD design work and refinement. The uniformity of parts allows any component that may be damaged in competition to be repaired quickly and easily. Dakar vehicles need to be designed and constructed to endure the punishment but also be maintained along the route.”
“The Dakar is one of the toughest races on earth; it’s a marathon, testing both man and machine, and Falken looks forward to being part of the rally,” added Nestor Cabrera, Falken’s Off-Road Supervisor. “The Dakar serves up multiple road surfaces – from sand dunes to rock strewn mountains roads – and 16 separate stages, so all drivers and teams have to know their tires are up to the task. We know the Falken WildPeaks are. These tires have been tested over multiple events and have proven their capabilities.”
More than 750 competitors from 53 nations will participate in the Dakar Rally, which attracts over 4.6 million spectators. It is followed around the world with roughly 1,200 hours of broadcasting time on 70 channels reaching 190 countries.
Bob Ulrich was named Modern Tire Dealer editor in August 2000. He joined the magazine in 1985 as assistant editor, and has been responsible for gathering statistical information for MTD's "Facts Issue" since 1993.