Two Ford Trucks Construction Ford Trucks have been specially designed for the toughest race in the world. These will be led by Yves Rutten and Peter Van Delm, the two competed for the first time in the Dakar rally in 2009.
Countdown began for the 2019 edition of the Dakar Rally, the world's most difficult off-road marathon. The rally will begin in the Lima city of Peru, South America and will take place between 6 and 17 January 2019. VDR Truck Racing, the Belgian team supported by Ford Trucks, will also compete in this event.
The team brings together Yves Rutten and Peter Van Delm, who will be on the Ford Trucks for the first time.
Ford Trucks and the Belgian team VDR Truck Racing have joined forces to develop two trucks to compete in the toughest race in the world. Vehicles sent by Ford Trucks at the Dakar Rally in 2019 were designed with the support of Ford Trucks engineers, while racing equipment was produced in the VDR Racing workshop in Belgium.
The trucks were then assembled by Ford Trucks engineers and the VDR Truck Racing team before being tested in real conditions to prepare them for the world's toughest race.
"Ford Trucks supports motor sports around the world"
Ford Trucks vice president, Serhan Turfan, explains Ford Trucks' support for motor sports that is taking place globally. "As one of the world's largest manufacturers of heavy duty vehicles, Ford Trucks combines 60 years of truck experience with the ability to develop products that meet market demands. As we continue to grow as an international brand in the Middle East, Africa and Europe, we invest and support our motorsports. As such, we have been working with VDR Truck Racing since 2016. Within this partnership, Ford Trucks will compete for the first time in the Dakar Rally. After testing our vehicles that imitate the race conditions, we are confident that their strength and durability will contribute to the success of the Dakar Rally. We are very pleased to work with VDR Truck Racing, a successful global team. VDR Truck Racing has put faith in Ford Trucks to participate in the world's most difficult race with our vehicles and we want them to be successful. "
In addition to the two trucks, Ford Trucks will provide all the necessary equipment in the desert by VDR Truck Racing, which consists of two drivers, four co-pilots and a technical crew of eight people. The team will also be accompanied by a Ford Trucks service vehicle.
The 41st Dakar Rally will take place in South America. Unlike previous years, this year will only pass through Peru. The rally will start with a start ceremony on 6 January 2019 and will last for 11 days. Beginning in Lima, the rally is made up of 10 stages. The route that will pass through deserts in Peru will end in Lima on January 17th.