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40 days until the 2011 Dakar Rally The "Dakar" technology of the Volkswagen Race Touareg in detail Extreme desert passages, dizzying heights in the Andes, fast gravel sections - the Dakar Rally remains the longest and toughest test in ...

40 days until the 2011 Dakar Rally

The "Dakar" technology of the Volkswagen Race Touareg in detail

Extreme desert passages, dizzying heights in the Andes, fast gravel sections - the Dakar Rally remains the longest and toughest test in motorsport: Volkswagen is determined to bring the title home to Wolfsburg for the third consecutive time.

This is the aim for which the new Race Touareg 3 and the four proven driver pairings have been carefully prepared. Volkswagen is the only manufacturer so far to have decided the automobile classification of the desert classic in its favour with diesel technology. From 01 to 16 January 2011, which marks the third edition of the "Dakar" through Argentina and Chile, the historic 2009 and 2010 exploits are to be succeeded by another triumph with TDI power. The challenge remains an immense one: in addition to battling very powerful rally rivals, the Volkswagen squad first has to successfully master the gruelling special stages, which means beating the "Dakar" itself. But what does the 33rd edition of the Dakar Rally mean for the four driver/co-driver duos in terms of the sport? What challenges are posed to the technology? And how will the complex logistics be organised? Answers to these and other questions are provided in several press kits addressing various topics. The press kits containing information, brief interviews and facts sheets are provided by Volkswagen for downloading as part of the media countdown for the 2011 "Dakar".

High-tech made in Wolfsburg: the third-generation Race Touareg

Remembering one's own fortes plus the courage to follow familiar paths in a radically new way: the Volkswagen Race Touareg 3 that has been freshly developed for the 2011 Dakar Rally is both an evolution and a revolution. A proven core subjected to further development and new aerodynamics - this is the heading the engineers selected for the evolution of the "RT2" into the "RT3". The minds behind the successor to the cross-country rally prototype from Wolfsburg that had been victorious in both the 2009 and 2010 Dakar Rallies pursued three aims: a more efficient cooling system, more power output at high altitudes and improved driveability were the key topics driving the development of the four-wheel vehicle that now delivers 310 hp. Between the beginning of the design of the third-generation Race Touareg in mid-April and its competitive debut and first victory at the Silk Way Rally through Russia in mid-September no more than about 150 days passed: a tightly packed programme which, in addition to the concept design, included the body of the first prototype, numerous rig tests and quality inspections, the roll-out plus long-run tests covering the simulated double "Dakar" distance.

-source: vw

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