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Dakar Rally 2013: rear-wheel drive vehicles have an advantage over all-wheel drive vehicles?

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Z at the 34th time the legendary rally will take place this year Dakar - after moving from Africa for the fifth time in South America. The pilots don't have much time to get used to it. Shortly after the start in Lima, the first demanding desert stages have to be completed.

The marathon leads the field from Peru via Argentina to Chile for over 8,500 kilometers. On the 14 evaluation days it goes through the Andes several times, sometimes up to heights of almost 5,000 meters. A total of 182 motorcyclists, 40 quads, 157 cars and 76 trucks are at the start.

All-wheel-drive vehicles slowed down by the Dakar regulations

The field of favorites for the overall victory is large. The French Stephane Peterhansel wants to extend his streak of success after his tenth Dakar victory last year. But the general of the Dakar winning team from 2012 sees black: 'If the buggies stop, we hardly have a chance of victory with our mini prototypes,' says Sven Quandt, head of the 108-strong XRaid team from Trebur The reason is a rule change: the V8 engines of the rear-wheel drive buggies from Nasser Al-Attiyah, Carlos Sainz and Robby Gordon now produce 420 hp thanks to the larger air restrictor - enough for a speed of 210. The all-wheel-drive Mini from last year's winner Stéphane Peterhansel and his teammates Nani Roma, Leonid Novitsky and Krzysztof Holowczyc, on the other hand, were slowed down: The three-liter diesel engine must now largely correspond to the series. More than 310 hp and 184 km /h are no longer possible.

Three German teams at the start of the Dakar 2013

The Toyota Hilux built by the South African importer are also shaking the mini throne . Giniel de Villiers /Dirk von Zitzewitz came third with their V8 pickup in 2012. In the car category, three German crews are at the start: Stephan Schott /Holm Schmidt (mini prototype), Matthias Kahle /Thomas Schünemann (SAM-Mercedes) and Stephanie Manns /Benjamin Zirbus (McRae-BMW). In 2012, the 32-year-old from Munich came in 60th place in her first Dakar rally - out of 171 starters.

In our photo gallery we show you the fascinating pictures of the Dakar 2012 again.

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