posted Dec 17, 2013, 9:30 PM by The Dakar
updated Jan 17, 2014, 5:56 AM by Rally Dakar
The two Team Ford Racing crews that will be contesting Dakar 2014 are apparently well into their preparations for the 14-day race that covers 9300km and races at altitudes of over 4700m through Argentina, Bolivia and Chile.
With three Dakar Rallies in the car category under his belt, including two top 10 finishes in 2012 and 2013, Argentinian driver Lucio Alvarez and co-driver Ronnie Graue know what it takes to conquer this incredibly tough test.
Ford RSA is going to Dakar with a crew of 27 people for the two Ford Racing Rangers. That includes the drivers and navigators, team management, race engineers, car chiefs and mechanics, truck drivers, doctor and physiotherapist, as well as the media and PR personnel.
In terms of vehicles there are the two Ford Racing Rangers that will be competing in the T1 unlimited production vehicle category, with Argentinians Lucio Alvarez and Ronnie Graue (start number 308) and South Africans Chris Visser and Japie Badenhorst (329).
Additionally, the team entry includes a 10-ton four-wheel drive race truck that competes in the T4 class, two big 26-ton six-wheel drive service trucks, and a further six Ford Rangers for the rest of the crew and press.”
The T4 race truck does exactly the same route as the cars, and carries a range of essential spare parts including gearbox, suspension and drivetrain components. Its role is to provide rapid assistance to the race vehicles if they have an accident or pick up any mechanical problems.