5 things you need to know ahead of Sherco TVS Factory Rally team’s Dakar adventure
The 2018 edition of the Dakar Rally will begin in Peru on January 6 and marks the beginning of the most anticipated off-road endurance event in the world. Organisers and competitors alike have prepared for the 40th edition of The Dakar in earnest and will be keen on giving their best once the rally is flagged off.
The Sherco TVS Factory Rally team has been the first Indian Manufacturer in the Dakar rally, participating since 2015. The team has undoubtedly been showcasing improved performance in the International Rallies of 2017.
Here are five things you need to know ahead of their adventure at the ultimate test of Man and Machine – The Dakar Rally:
#1 The Legend of the Dakar
Known to be the world's toughest off-road endurance event, the Dakar Rally originated thanks to Thierry Sabine, a French rider who got lost in the Tenere desert while participating in the Abidjan-Nice rally in 1977. He then decided the desert would be the perfect location for a Rally and founded the Dakar Rally in 1978.
Originally, the route went from Paris in France to Dakar in Senegal (Africa), hence the name, but since 2009, the Rally has been held in South America, with the competitors starting in Peru and finishing in Argentina through some extremely challenging terrain.
The Rally is frequented by both amateur and professional participants, but the event is a haven for amateurs as they make upto 80% of the competition. With dangerous terrain involved, the vehicles used for the rally are more often than not, genuine off-road vehicles rather than modified on-road vehicles.