16 days until the 2011 Dakar Rally

2011 Dakar Rally: German rock summit on foothills of the Andes

Wolfsburg (16 December 2010). Enormous power, dynamics that won't stop and a constant flow of pure adrenalin: the similarities between fascinating motorsport and rousing hard rock are striking. On 08 January Volkswagen will combine motorsport and music.

When the roar of the engines briefly stops on the only rest day of the Dakar Rally (02 to 16 January 2011) it will be replaced by the roaring sound of guitars in Arica (Chile). Rudolf Schenker, guitarist of the "Scorpions", his drummer James Kottak plus vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Peter Maffay will be driving a "Dakar" stage in a Volkswagen Amarok and are planning a performance the day before at the bivouac near this coastal city.

Rudolf Schenker, who got to know Volkswagen's support vehicle during the Dakar Rally's previous edition, is absolutely thrilled. "We're just dying to join the 'Dakar' again. We'll give everything to motivate the drivers and technical crew with our show and music on the rest day," says the German musician. The drivers and their teams will no doubt enjoy the show to the fullest because after the first "Dakar" week they will already have covered 4,200 kilometres with many extreme desert passages plus a crossing of the Andes.

Besides the guitar virtuoso from Hildesheim (Germany) singer Peter Maffay has been infected with "Dakar" fever. "I started driving an Amarok myself this summer and can hardly wait to steer it through the Atacama desert on the foothills of the Andes at the 'Dakar'," says the German rock musician who recently toured Germany with the Philharmonic Volkswagen Orchestra. The legendary desert race has also cast its spell on Scorpions drummer James Kottack. The American will beat time for the two German rock stars on rest day.

A day later the trio of musicians will drive the seventh "Dakar" leg to Antofagasta in an Amarok. The stage is one of the longest on this year's "Dakar" route and leads along the Coastal Cordillera and the hilly edges of the Atacama desert to the northern Chilean metropolis.

As an official supplier to the Dakar Rally, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles will provide a total of 45 Amarok in 2011. The pick-ups have to be able to hold up to all the demands encountered on the 9,000-kilometre rally route through Argentina and Chile. They are used by the organiser as reconnaissance vehicles plus as press cars and as shuttles for the Volkswagen Motorsport team.

-source: vw