The Dakar is widely known as one of the most adrenaline filled and, arguably, the most enduring motorsport events in the world, which can only be completed after sufficient and scrupulose preparations. It requires abnormal stamina and durability of both the pilots and the vehicle and the corresponding level of professionalism.
The Dakar Rally takes place on the yearly basis and is organised by the Amauri Sport Organistation (ASO), the very same entity that stands behind many prestigious sporting events, including Tour De France and Marathon de Paris.
Although it is not held under the umbrella of Fédération Internationale de l‘Automobile (FIA), the Dakar is still ran according to the FIA regulations. The FIA is the governing body of the world’s motorsport and the federation of the world’s leading motoring associations. Thus, the safety of the cars and participants is maintained at the highest standard.
The race itself lasts two weeks and is apprixmately 10,000 km long. The participants are expected to cruise through perilous and hostile off-road terrain with no gPs coordinates or any other electronic means of navigation. The only tools that can be utilized in order to remain on course are hard copy road books with very limited indications of the route, and tripmeters to measure the distance between the instructions.
No participant is allowed to receive any external help with the exception of that coming from other competitors.
Thus, every year the highest degree of complexity propels the interest to Dakar further and further.