The line-up comprises 11 MINI ALL4 Racing and a BMW X3 CC.
New rules in the car category mean two-wheel drive vehicles could be in the fight for the win. The 4-wheel drive cars have won for the last 12 years.
This year’s rally route is anticipated to be the toughest ever held in South America.
Less than 35 days are to go to the start into the 2014 Dakar Rally in the Argentinean city of Rosario.
More than a million of spectators cheer for the drivers on day one. Four of the MINI ALL4 Racing pairings secure top-10 positions