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.
More than a million of spectators cheer for the drivers on day one. Four of the MINI ALL4 Racing pairings secure top-10 positions
Less than 35 days are to go to the start into the 2014 Dakar Rally in the Argentinean city of Rosario.