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Audi reveals details of electric Dakar powertrain

Audi Sport has offered insights into the powertrain it will employ in its electric Dakar Rally challenger that will make its debut next year.

Audi explains decision to quit Formula E in favour of Dakar

Audi says a greater freedom to develop new technologies in the Dakar Rally was one of the key reasons why it quit Formula E to field an electric car in the rally-raid.

Loeb explains "loss of mutual trust" behind split with co-driver

Nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb says "a loss of mutual trust" between him and long-time co-driver Daniel Elena was behind their decision to split after 23 years together.

Al-Attiyah not interested in Dakar return if rules don’t change

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah says he is "not interested" in returning to the Dakar Rally if the rules are not changed to make the fight fair between buggies and 4x4s

Peterhansel: Al-Attiyah lost Dakar 2021 due to "ego"

Stephane Peterhansel has responded to the comments made by Nasser Al-Attiyah and believes the Toyota driver lost the 2021 Dakar Rally because he was too egoistic to win the Prologue

Peterhansel wins 2021 Dakar Rally title, Sainz wins final stage

Stephane Peterhansel has secured a record-extending 14th Dakar Rally title after winning the 2021 edition of the event in Saudi Arabia, as Carlos Sainz won the final stage

Dakar Rally motorcycle rider Pierre Cherpin dies after crash

Dakar organisers have confirmed Pierre Cherpin has passed away following his crash on Sunday's seventh stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally

Al-Attiyah beats Peterhansel to Dakar Stage 11 win, Sainz third

Nasser Al-Attiyah secured a fifth stage win of the 2021 Dakar Rally on Thursday, but was unable to make a major dent in Stephane Peterhansel's lead ahead of Friday's showdown

Frustrated Al-Attiyah feels Dakar rules “too much in favour of buggies”

Nasser Al-Attiyah believes buggy competitors at the Dakar Rally have an inherent advantage over his Toyota Gazoo Racing squad ahead of the showdown in his victory battle with Stephane Peterhansel

Al-Rajhi wins Dakar Stage 10, Al-Attiyah beats Peterhansel to second

Overdrive Toyota driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi took top honours in Stage 10 of the Dakar Rally on Wednesday, as Nasser Al-Attiyah narrowly beat Stephane Peterhansel to second

Dakar Rally plots out 'green bivouac' and alternative energy class

Dakar Rally organisers have presented plans for a cleaner future for the event focused on installing a 'green bivouac' and introducing an alternative energy category

Peterhansel builds Dakar Rally lead with dominant Stage 9 win

Stephane Peterhansel has extended his lead in the 2021 Dakar Rally with a dominant victory in Stage 9, as Nasser Al-Attiyah and Carlos Sainz Sr both hit trouble

Loeb's eventful Dakar ends in retirement after Stage 8 stoppage

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb has retired from the 2021 Dakar Rally after failing to make it to the finish in Monday's eighth stage

Al-Attiyah cuts Peterhansel's lead with Dakar Rally Stage 8 victory

Toyota driver Nasser Al-Attiyah closed the gap to his X-raid Mini rival Stephane Peterhansel with a victory in the eighth stage of the Dakar Rally

Hubert Auriol obituary: Dakar Rally legend dies aged 68

Hubert Auriol, a three-time winner of the Dakar Rally and the first person to win the legendary event on both two wheels and four, has died aged 68

Peterhansel "really lucky" to finish Dakar Stage 7 after double mechanical issue

Stephane Peterhansel says he considers himself "really lucky" to have finished second on Stage 7 of the Dakar Rally after being hamstrung by two different issues

Loeb focuses on Bahrain Raid Xtreme development work after eight-hour stranding

Sebastien Loeb has switched focus to development running and supporting Bahrain Raid Xtreme team-mate Nani Roma after his Dakar Rally was wrecked by an eight-hour stop with broken suspension

Al-Rajhi takes Dakar Rally Stage 7 win, Peterhansel extends overall lead

Overdrive Toyota driver Yazeed Al-Rajhi overcame the X-raid Mini of Stephane Peterhansel to claim a maiden stage win in the Dakar Rally on Sunday

Dakar Rally organisers 'not made roadbook difficult on purpose'

Dakar Rally director David Castera has responded to criticism from competitors about this year's roadbook and insists the alterations haven't been used to "make things difficult on purpose"

Loeb: '21 Dakar a "race of co-drivers" due to navigational challenges

Sebastien Loeb believes the navigational challenges posed to the crews in the 2021 Dakar Rally has taken the emphasis away from the drivers and made it a "race of co-drivers"

Sainz completes Dakar Stage 6 win, Al-Attiyah closes gap to Peterhansel

Carlos Sainz clawed back some of the deficit to 2021 Dakar Rally leader Stephane Peterhansel after being unchallenged for victory in Friday's sixth stage

Sixth stage of 2021 Dakar Rally shortened and delayed

Dakar Rally organisers have elected to shorten the sixth stage of the 2021 event by 100 kilometres (62.13 miles) and delayed its start by 90 minutes

Dakar Rally stewards explain Loeb penalty after critical comments

Dakar Rally stewards have explained why Sebastien Loeb was handed a five-minute penalty for speeding in a controlled speed zone on Wednesday's Stage 4 of the 2021 event

Sainz "fed up" with further Dakar Rally navigation frustration

Carlos Sainz Sr says he's "fed up" with this year's Dakar Rally roadbook after getting lost for the second time in three days

De Villiers wins Stage 5 as Peterhansel extends overall Dakar lead

Toyota driver Giniel de Villiers bounced back from a tough start to the 2021 Dakar Rally to win Thursday's fifth stage, as Stephane Peterhansel extended his lead over Nasser Al-Attiyah

Loeb hits out at 'incompetent' Dakar speeding penalty

Sebastien Loeb has reacted furiously to the speeding penalty given to him after Stage 4 of the 2021 Dakar Rally, saying "there is no room for incompetence or incompetents"

Peterhansel: High average speed making Dakar "kind of dangerous"

Stephane Peterhansel says the Dakar Rally has become "kind of dangerous" in 2021 due to high average speeds witnessed in the deserts of Saudi Arabia

Al-Attiyah trims gap to Dakar leader Peterhansel with hat-trick stage win

Toyota's Nasser Al-Attiyah has recorded his third consecutive stage victory of the 2021 Dakar Rally on Wednesday, narrowly beating overall leader Stephane Peterhansel of X-raid Mini

Al-Attiyah targets "two key stages" vital to his Dakar victory hopes

Nasser Al-Attiyah is focusing on the fifth and sixth stages of the Dakar Rally, which he feels will be vital to his victory hopes after a second successive stage win

Sainz loses 31 minutes to Dakar navigation error

Defending Dakar Rally champion Carlos Sainz Sr lost over half an hour on the third stage of the 2021 event due to a navigation problem having got "stuck on a point"

Al-Attiyah cuts deficit to Dakar leader Peterhansel in Stage 3

Toyota's Nasser Al-Attiyah nearly halved the deficit to Stephane Peterhansel after claiming a second successive stage victory in Tuesday's third stage of the Dakar Rally

Al-Attiyah had to "attack from day one" of Dakar in "open" victory fight

Toyota's Nasser Al-Attiyah says the 2021 Dakar Rally is one "where we need to attack from day one" due to the "open" nature of the battle for overall victory

Peterhansel moves into Dakar lead as Toyota's Al-Attiyah wins Stage 2

Nasser Al-Attiyah put Toyota on top in the second stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally on Monday, as Stephane Peterhansel took the overall lead from X-raid Mini team-mate Carlos Sainz

Sainz: COVID means "double the pressure" on 2021 Dakar Rally

Rally legend Carlos Sainz says there is "double the pressure" on competitors in the 2021 Dakar Rally due to the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic

Sainz leads first stage of 2021 Dakar, Loeb loses 24 minutes

Defending Dakar Rally winner Carlos Sainz edged out Stephane Peterhansel in the 2021 event's opening stage to establish an early 1-2 for the X-raid Mini team in Saudi Arabia

Audi could use DTM engine in 'electric' Dakar entry from 2022

Audi's Class One-spec DTM engine could find its way into the manufacturer's upcoming 'electric' Dakar Rally challenger in 2022, Autosport has learned

Toyota welcomes Dakar speed limit to prevent Mini "running away"

Toyota has welcomed the imposition of a speed limit for this year's Dakar Rally, believing it should prevent rival squad X-raid Mini from "running away" on the event's faster stages

How ASO managed to save the 2021 Dakar Rally

Dakar Rally organisers ASO explains how it managed to work within the strict confines of host country Saudi Arabia's coronavirus measures to ensure the running of the 2021 event

Rally legend Sainz says Dakar 2021 between Toyota and X-raid Mini

Rally legend Carlos Sainz believes the fight for overall honours in the 2021 Dakar Rally will be between Toyota and X-raid Mini

Big challenge to do Dakar without warm-up events - Meeke

World Rally Championship race winner Kris Meeke says participating in the 2021 Dakar Rally without previous rally raid experience will be "a big challenge"

Meeke "felt like a kid at Christmas" in first Dakar Rally test

World Rally Championship veteran Kris Meeke "felt like a kid at Christmas" during his first test for PH Sport, with whom he will compete in the 2021 Dakar Rally

Loeb: Prodrive not entering Dakar Rally to be behind Toyota, X-raid

Sebastien Loeb says the Prodrive-run Bahrain Raid Xtreme team is entering the Dakar Rally expecting to be competitive against established outfits like Toyota and X-raid Mini

Ekstrom to make Dakar debut with Yamaha prototype

Two-time DTM champion Mattias Ekstrom will make his debut on the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia in January, driving a new Yamaha SxS machine prepared by the experienced X-Raid team

Why Loeb has joined forces with an old enemy for Dakar Plus

Why Loeb has joined forces with an old enemy for Dakar

The nine-time World Rally champion is heading to the Dakar Rally with an all-new project, and is joining up with the team he often fought against in the WRC - Prodrive - in his quest to finally add the most famed rally raid of them all to his bulging CV

Hydrogen-powered car to contest 2024 Dakar Rally

A hydrogen-powered contender will take on the Dakar Rally in 2024

Dakar Rally reveals 2021 Saudi Arabia route

The Dakar Rally has released details of the route for the 2021 edition, featuring nearly 5,000 competitive kilometres divided into 12 stages that are "80-90% new"

Loeb conducts first test with Prodrive's Dakar machine

Sebastien Loeb has conducted his first test with Prodrive's new BRX T1 machine ahead of next year's Dakar Rally, believing he and the team "will do something quite good"

X-raid Mini team retains Sainz and Peterhansel for 2021 Dakar Rally

The X-raid Mini team has retained Carlos Sainz and Stephane Peterhansel for the 2021 Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia

Loeb in Dakar Rally return with Prodrive for 2021

Nine-time World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb will return to the Dakar Rally in 2021 after signing a deal with the Prodrive-run Bahrain Raid Xtreme team

Richards on Prodrive's new Dakar challenge Plus

Richards on Prodrive's new Dakar challenge

With a stunning success record in motorsport, Prodrive is targeting a new crown by entering the 2021 Dakar Rally. David Richards provides an update on the programme, how COVID has slowed its plans and its options on who sits behind the wheel of its new car

Prodrive wants to be seen as "potential winner" on Dakar debut in 2021

Prodrive says it will be "disappointed" if its rivals don't perceive it as a "potential winner" when it makes its Dakar debut next year under the Bahrain Raid Xtreme banner

Dakar 2021 to run entirely in Saudi Arabia, but on "100% new" route

The ASO has announced the Dakar Rally will run entirely in Saudi Arabia for a second successive year in 2021, but on a route that is "100% new"

Dakar News: How coronavirus might impact the 2021 Dakar Rally

Dakar Rally director David Castera says the world-famous rally raid will take place in January 2021, but may abandon plans to involve extra countries in next year's route

Prodrive and Bahrain join forces to develop new 2021 Dakar car

World Rally Championship-winning outfit Prodrive has entered into a joint venture with the Kingdom of Bahrain to develop a new car to contest the Dakar Rally in 2021

Dakar winner Ickx: Ex-Formula 1 driver Alonso can win off-road event

Six-time Le Mans winner and 1983 Dakar Rally winner Jacky Ickx believes fellow ex-Formula 1 driver Fernando Alonso can win win the long-distance off-road event, having followed Alonso's first outing

Two-time F1 champion Alonso yet to decide on Dakar Rally return

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso says he has yet to decide if he will return to the Dakar Rally, after finishing 13th on his debut in 2020

Dakar Rally 2020: Sainz seals victory, Alonso finishes 13th on debut

Two-time World Rally champion Carlos Sainz Sr has secured this third Dakar Rally victory in the 2020 edition of the event, held in Saudi Arabia for the first time ever

Gas pipeline construction shortens final Dakar 2020 stage running

The final stage of the Dakar Rally on Friday will be shortened due to the construction of gas pipelines in the planned route

Peterhansel wins Dakar stage 11, Sainz holds healthy lead

Stephane Peterhansel set the pace in the penultimate stage of the 2020 Dakar Rally, but X-raid Mini stablemate Carlos Sainz Sr retains a healthy lead ahead of the marathon's finale

Sainz extends Dakar lead as stage 10 cut short by poor weather

X-raid Mini driver Carlos Sainz Sr has taken a commanding lead in the 2020 edition of the Dakar Rally after topping stage 10, which was suspended before the halfway point