Volkswagen newsletter 2008-12-30

4 days until the 2009 Dakar Rally in Argentina and Chile Iritrack makes it possible: on the trail of the Race Touareg Wolfsburg (30 December 2008). Fighting uncertainty with satellites and Internet: When the four Volkswagen Race Touareg...

4 days until the 2009 Dakar Rally in Argentina and Chile

Iritrack makes it possible: on the trail of the Race Touareg

Wolfsburg (30 December 2008). Fighting uncertainty with satellites and Internet: When the four Volkswagen Race Touareg start the Dakar Rally through Argentina and Chile on Saturday (3 January) and cover more than 9,500 kilometres through desert, Pampa and mountainous terrain till 18 January the fans can nevertheless follow the action from the comfort of their own homes. Thanks to the Iritrack system they can monitor the progress of each vehicle live by mouse click. As a result, it is not only fans but also the team management in the next bivouac which is informed about positions, time loss and gaps during the ultra-long stages. The days of complete uncertainty as to when the participants arrive at the bivouac are over with Iritrack.

Iritrack is a satellite supported system for positioning with which the Dakar Rally stewards can determine the position and speed at any time of every single one of the 530 participants. The core component is a small transponder distributed by the rally organisers A.S.O. and fitted to every vehicle before transmitting the first signals are transmitted after the start on 3 January.

Volkswagen once again provides all fans with the Iritrack service: The signal can be followed live via the Internet portal www.volkswagen-motorsport.com. It provides the latest intermediate times as well as respective positions. In this way, the users see exactly where the four Race Touareg of Carlos Sainz/Michel Périn (E/F), Giniel de Villiers/Dirk von Zitzewitz (ZA/D), Mark Miller/Ralph Pitchford (USA/ZA) and Dieter Depping/Timo Gottschalk (D/D) are at any given time. In addition, motorsport fans can also find the latest daily reports, photographs, audio files and videos from South America at the Volkswagen website.

-credit: vw

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