2016 Dakar Rally – Day Four, Stage 3: Two MINI ALL4 Racing in the top five. Hirvonen and Al-Attiyah reel in the leading pack to place MINI fourth and fifth overall.

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06 January 2016

 

2016 Dakar Rally – Day Four, Stage 3: Two MINI ALL4 Racing in the top five. Hirvonen and Al-Attiyah reel in the leading pack to place MINI fourth and fifth overall.

 

Poor driving conditions force reduced racing distance but fails to slow MINI ALL4 Racing crews – hard-charging Terranova and Roma pick up valuable places.

Munich. Day Four (Stage 3) ended with a cool and collected Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) finishing the stage in sixth to put his AXION X-raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing (#315) in fourth position overall – one position up from yesterday’s fifth place.

 

Hirvonen and co-driver Michel Périn (FRA) pushed hard from the start with Hirvonen putting on a perfect display of controlled driving reminiscent of his WRC days. If the Finnish driver had considered the possibility of a dream start to his first Dakar then his result to date must surely reflect that dream. Currently he lies just 5:52m behind leader Loeb.

 

“It was raining quite heavily in a few places, but again we got through with no mistakes,” said Hirvonen. “At this point of the race and this the first year I’m thinking I will not take too many risks. We’ve been lucky with the conditions; it hasn’t been so hot and the distances haven’t been so long. So far everything has been good.”

 

Poor driving conditions meant the Special Stage was reduced to a distance of just 190km. It also forced an early end to the Trucks category when part of its route collapsed with no alternative way through.

 

Despite nature’s challenges, the 2015 Dakar-winning duo of Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA) set about challenging the front runners and finished Stage 3 in third. This result now sees the AXION X-raid Team crew (#300) in fifth place on the road.

 

“It was a good stage,” said a smiling Al-Attiyah. “We tried to push in some places but at the beginning it was a lot of rain, which was not too good for us. At the last part it was rain again and we lost a little time. I’m quite happy – tomorrow we start in a good position. Tomorrow will also be the key of Dakar with Marathon day; it is two days without service. The MINI ALL4 Racing is strong and we will push more.”

 

Fellow AXION X-raid Team crews of Argentinean pairing Orlando Terranova / Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (#310) and Spanish duo Joan ‘Nani’ Roma / Alex Haro (#304) have the toughest job of all the MINI ALL4 Racing crews by having to play a difficult game of catch up. Both cars were victims of deep mud during Stage 2 and lost many positions trying to get free.

 

Stage 3 saw both crews produce their very best driving and navigation skills to claw back quite a few positions and battle their way through the middle order traffic. Terranova is now 23rd overall and Roma is up to 30th. While the two crews have a bigger battle ahead to make up even more positions and reduce the time variations, we shouldn’t forget the Dakar Rally is the longest and harshest motorsport endurance race on the planet and there are many more days to go...

 

Joan ‘Nani’ Roma: “When we started Stage 3 we got the rain and when driving flat out it is scary; you can’t see very well and the grip is not so good. We came across other cars that were awkward to pass in the conditions. I’m happy with my driving today. Really happy. Maybe the timing is not so good after yesterday’s problem but when I analyse the timing from today it is good. The strategy for the next two days is to push and push.”

 

Meanwhile, seven MINI ALL4 Racing cars are currently within the top 20. In 14th is the pairing of Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) and Andrei Rudnitski (BLR) of ORLEN Team (#327). This crew is closely shadowed by the remainder of the privateer MINI ALL4 Racing crews.

 

Stage 2 was also not a memorable day for the German duo of Stephan Schott / Holm Schmidt (X-Raid team #331). An incident with a rock meant their MINI ALL4 Racing was damaged beyond repair leading to a non-start of Stage 3 and withdrawal from the 2016 Dakar. Both crew members will remain at Dakar to support the MINI ALL4 Racing family.

 

Day Five (Stage 4) of the 2016 Dakar will see the competitors race on sand and rocky tracks at an average height of 3,500mts. This stage will also feature a Marathon section where the competitors become their own mechanics and must complete their own servicing needs.

 

2016 Dakar Rally: Day Four, Stage 3, Termas Rio Hondo – San Salvador de Juyjuy, 190km (reduced distance). MINI ALL 4 Racing standings:

 

Position

Driver

Co-driver

#

Team

Time

4

Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)

Michel Périn (FRA)

315

AXION X-raid Team

006:07:34

+ 00:05:52

5

Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)

Mathieu Baumel (FRA)

300

AXION X-raid Team

006:08:21

+00:06:39

14

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL)

Andrei Rudnitski (BLR)

327

ORLEN Team

006:26:36

+00:24:54

15

Harry Hunt (GB)

Andreas Schulz (GER)

323

X-raid Team

006:28:06

+00:26:24

16

Adam Malysz (POL)

Xavier Panseri (FRA)

325

ORLEN Team

006:28:46

+00:27:04

18

Erik van Loon (NDL)

Wouter Rosegaar (NDL)

306

Van Loon Racing

006:31:19

+00:29:37

20

Nazareno Lopez (ARG)

Sergio Lafuente (URU)

351

X-raid Team

006:33:17

+00:31:35

22

Boris Garafulic (CHL)

Filipe Palmeiro (POR)

313

X-raid Team

006:36:14

+00:34:32

23

Orlando Terranova (ARG)

Bernardo “Ronnie” Graue (ARG)

310

AXION X-raid Team

006:37:42

+00:36:00

30

Joan ‘Nani’ Roma (ESP)

Alex Haro (ESP)

304

AXION X-raid Team

006:56:05

+00:54:23

 

Find more photos and videos in high resolution of previous Dakar participants in the MINI ALL4 Racing on the BMW Media Website by clicking here

BMW Group U.S. Reports December and 2015 Sales

  • BMW Group U.S. (BMW + MINI) breaks sales record
  • BMW brand sets new sales record for the year
  • MINI brand sales up 4.3 percent for the year
  • BMW Motorcycle sets sales record for the year

 

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – January 5, 2016… Sales of BMW brand vehicles in December totaled 34,625 compared to 41,526 vehicles sold in December 2014. For the year, BMW brand is up 1.8 percent on sales of 346,023 compared to 339,738 from last year, breaking last year’s all time sales record.

 

“The new sales record in 2015 is the third record year in a row for BMW with the numbers further emphasizing the growth of luxury trucks, which are now one-third of BMW sales in the U.S.” said Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America. “I fully expect our Sports Activity Vehicles to be the key driver of growth in the new year with both demand and availability increasing.  As the maker of the Ultimate Driving Machine, the record sales of our high-performance BMW M brand in the U.S. is especially satisfying and we are looking forward to the new M4 GTS and the all-new M2 coming this year.”

 

To see and hear more of Ludwig Willisch's business perspective, click here.

 

Of note in 2015:

The BMW X5 set a new sales record with 54,997 sold, nearly 17% more than 2014. The BMW i3 EV in its first full year of sales in the U.S. reached 11,024 sold.

The BMW M brand set a new U.S. sales record with 14,504 cars sold, an increase of 68 percent over 2014.

 

BMW Group Sales

In total, the BMW Group in the U.S. (BMW and MINI combined) reported December sales of 39,634 vehicles, a decrease of 17.7 percent from the 48,141 vehicles sold in the same month a year ago. At year end, BMW Group (BMW and MINI combined) is up 2.2 percent on sales of 404,537 compared to 395,850 in 2014, a new record for the BMW Group U.S.

 

MINI Brand Sales

For December, MINI USA reports 5,009 automobiles sold, a decrease of 24.3 percent from the 6,615 sold in the same month a year ago. For the year, MINI USA sales are up 4.3 percent to 58,514 compared to 56,112 in 2014.

 

Table 1: New Vehicle Sales BMW of North America, LLC , December 2015



Dec.

2015

Dec.

 2014

%

YTD Dec. 2015

YTD Dec.

 2014

%

BMW brand

34,625

41,526

-16.6

346,023

339,738

1.8

BMW passenger cars

22,818

31,355

-27.2

244,767

252,278

-3.0

BMW light trucks

11,807

10,171

16.1

 

101,256

87,460

15.8

 

MINI brand

5,009

6,615

-24.3

 

58,514

56,112

4.3

 

TOTAL Group

39,634

48,141

-17.7

 

404,537

395,850

2.2

 

 

BMW Pre-Owned Vehicles

  • Sales of BMW Certified Pre-Owned increased 11.8 percent to 11,176 vehicles compared to the 10,000 vehicles sold in December 2014. For the year, BMW Certified Pre-Owned sales increased 12.5 percent to 115,903 compared to 103,040 in 2014.
  • Total BMW Pre-Owned sales were 19,339 in December 2015, a 12.8 percent increase compared to December 2014.
  • The Total BMW Pre-Owned cars sold in 2015 were 187,169 a 5.0 percent decrease from 2014, due to low availability.

 

MINI Pre-Owned Vehicles

  • In December, sales of MINI NEXT (certified pre-owned) were 981 vehicles, up 12.0 percent over December 2014. For the year, MINI NEXT (certified pre-owned) sales increased 23.1 percent to 11,621 compared to 9,444 in 2014.
  • Total MINI Pre-Owned sales for December were 2,279, an increase of 9.4 percent from December 2014.
  • Total MINI Pre-Owned sales for 2015 were 26,778, an 8.1 percent increase from 2014.

 

BMW Motorrad Sales

With 16,330 sales in 2015, BMW motorcycles established a new all-time record, 9.3 percent above the total of 14,945 units sold in 2014.

 

With 1,210 retails in December, BMW motorcycle sales declined by 22 units or -1.8 percent compared to the 1,232 units sold in December 2014.

 

The R nineT was one of the top performing models in December with 138 units (+134%) delivered, and in combination with the new R 1200 RS, helped grow R-Series model retails by 21 percent to 575 units compared to 477 in December last year. F-Series middleweight machine sales also grew by 11 percent in the month with sales of 235 units compared to 211 the prior year.

 

 

Table 2: Motorcycle Sales BMW of North America, LLC, December 2015

 

Dec.

 2015

Dec.

 2014

%

YTD Dec.

2015

YTD Dec. 2014

%

BMW Motorcycles

1,210

1,232

-1.8

16,330

14,945

9.3

 

 

BMW Group In America

BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975.  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003.  The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California; a technology office in Silicon Valley and various other operations throughout the country.  BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the exclusive manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes.  The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 339 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 149 BMW motorcycle retailers, 124 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers.  BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey.

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BMW at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 in Las Vegas.

BMW Innovations at the CES 2016 in Las Vegas.
Highlights:

 

BMW Group at the Consumer Electronics Show 2016 (CES, 6 to 9 January 2016 in Las Vegas). Impressive exhibition profile highlights leading position in the area of Connected Car.

  • BMW i Vision Future Interaction – Concept Car provides an outlook on the networked cockpit and the user interface of the future.
  • BMW i Vision Future Interaction with high-resolution vehicle displays  
    whose content adjusts to match the situation; function control with
    gestures, touch-sensitive surfaces and voice control.
  • Information for the driver through head-up display, instrument cluster with three-dimensional display and 21-inch panorama display.
  • BMW i Vision Future Interaction with world premiere of AirTouch: sensors  
    recognise movements made with the hand and also depth movements.
     This means that the panorama display can be operated like a t
     touchscreen without having to actually touch the surface.
  • Reduction of control elements to a minimum. Three drive modes – Pure Drive (driving yourself), Assist (assistance systems intervene actively) and Auto Mode (highly automated operation) – selectable at the steering wheel.
  • Internet of Things stands for even more comprehensive networking which facilitates new services for more efficiency and comfort.
  • The intelligent Open Mobility Cloud of the BMW Group connects networked systems such as a BMW i3 and a Smart Home with personal end devices like smart phone or smart watch.
  • The Open Mobility Cloud networks the correct information and functions, and uses intelligent control to allow complex processes to be started automatically, without their being requested or having to be initiated with an app.
  • Users are provided with predictive information relevant to them personally by networking with the Open Mobility Cloud.
  • Mobility Mirror – mirror and display medium at the same time, component of the Internet of Things networked using the Open Mobility Cloud.
  • Important information for the day is shown in the Mobility Mirror display, such as personal calendar, mobility options, energy status of the smart home, charge status of the BMW i3, weather forecast.
  • Gesture Control Parking: The BMW i3 recognises gestures, and drives into and out of a parking space fully automatically.
  • Remote 3D View: The research application uses the cameras in the BMW i3 as constituent elements of the Internet of Things. The images taken by the cameras can be streamed to networked end devices and provide an overview of the area around the vehicle.
  • Bumper Detect uses an innovative system, identifies whether the driver’s own vehicle being parked has been bumped and activates the vehicle cameras. The networked systems at the same time send a message to the driver’s smart phone, and images are sent if requested.
  • Bumper Detect also recognises whether unauthorised persons are tampering with the vehicle and sends images to the networked mobile end devices.
  • BMW Connected is a prototype of a personalised digital assistant for individual mobility. The focus is on the needs and requirements for mobility of the future.
  • BMW Connected and the Open Mobility Cloud represent a radical new
     conceptual approach to mobility. BMW Connected is available all the time
     on all networked end devices: at home, on foot or on the move in the
     user’s own vehicle, or on public transport.
  • The platform for BMW Connected is the Open Mobility Cloud with a    
    highly flexible service architecture.
  • The Open Mobility Cloud offers far-reaching capabilities for machine learning and data analysis. The more frequently users make use of the digital services, the more effectively they can be personalised.
  • Information relevant to the user is always provided at the right time. BMW Connected learns, for example, routes which are taken on a regular basis and proactively informs the user if any disruption is expected along the route.
  • BMW ConnectedRide – Motorcycle laser light in the BMW K1600 GTL concept vehicle with a range of 600 metres for main beam.
  • Head-up Display helmet projects necessary or requested traffic and vehicle information directly into the visual field of the driver
  • Future Mobility Solutions: Light & Charge – simultaneously innovative street lighting with LED technology and charging station for charging the high-voltage batteries of electric vehicles.
  • Standardised connection for charging cable from electric vehicles including vehicles from other manufacturers, cashless payment. Vehicle start using the smart phone app or RFID card.
  • BMW i 8 Mirrorless – System with three cameras replaces the rearview mirror, covers larger viewing angles and eliminates dangerous “blind spots”.
  • Images from the cameras are united on a display which replaces the interior mirror. Presets for the camera or display are not necessary.
  • System evaluates camera images and provides a situative response to imminent hazards, for example with yellow warning icons.
  • Superimposed trajectory lines provide support during parking, and the passenger can also observe the traffic behind the vehicle.
  • BMW i3 Extended Rearview Mirror links up mirror and camera technology. In the interior mirror, the mirror view is overlaid with very precise images from a camera positioned on the roof. This provides a significantly extended field of view.
  • New control concepts from BMW: BMW gesture control in the new BMW 7 Series for controlling information, entertainment and communication functions.
  • New control freedom for rear-seat passengers with BMW Touch Command.

 

Please find attached the press kit "BMW at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016 in Las Vegas."

2016 Dakar Rally – Day Three, Stage 2: Hirvonen leads MINI ALL4 Racing charge despite difficult weather conditions.

2016 Dakar Rally – Day Three, Stage 2: Hirvonen leads MINI ALL4 Racing charge despite difficult weather conditions.

Third day of 2016 Dakar Rally ends with eight MINI ALL4 Racing in top 20. Hirvonen and Al-Attiyah sit comfortably in 5th and 8th position respectively.

Munich. Day Three (Stage 2) of the 38th edition of the Dakar Rally ended with Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) living up to his nickname of the “Flying Finn” by placing his AXION X-raid Team (#315) MINI ALL4 Racing in fifth position overall.

Hirvonen and co-driver Michel Périn (FRA) started the day’s racing from seventh place, the result of the shortened Prologue event (Day One). This result stood after the cancellation of Day two (Stage 1) due to severe weather conditions. Hirvonen now sits only 3:05m behind leading driver Sebastien Loeb.

A smiling Hirvonen said: “Happy. I’m really happy with the way it went. We didn’t make any mistakes or anything and the speed was quite ok – no risks at all. But it was difficult in a way because I was so frustrated not to have any pace notes; I still have to get used to this. We have a good road position for tomorrow and, at speeds like this, I feel we can carry on forever.”

The second of 11 MINI ALL4 Racing crews to finish Stage 2 was the AXION X-raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing (#300) of defending Dakar champions Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA). A puncture and getting held up by mud slowed their progress and they currently lie in eighth place.

“The stage was difficult. It was not easy,” said Al-Attiyah. “There was a lot of mud and a lot of water in one place and we got stuck. We managed to get out very quick, say, after three minutes. Then afterwards we got a puncture. But it is ok; I’m not worried. Tomorrow we can start in a good position and the road will be clean for us and we try to push to win a good time.”

The previous day’s (Stage 1) weather that denied the first full day of racing also became a major factor in Stage 2. What was originally planned as the longest distance to cover became a shortened stage of just 387km due to treacherous terrain conditions. From the start it was obvious the muddy routes would be troublesome.

Argentinean pairing Orlando Terranova and Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue (#310) also became victims of deep mud. It was a stroke of bad luck and very difficult to get free and carry on without losing too much time against the closely spaced competitors. Despite the mud they eventually got free to finish the day in 28th.

Talking about the day, a thoughtful Terranova said: “At 200km we were stuck in the mud and from this moment we were fighting to get out. It was difficult. Another X-raid driver, Malysz, gave us a pull and we continued. Not such a good start...”

The MINI ALL4 racing of Joan ‘Nani’ Roma’ (ESP) and Alex Haro (ESP) (#304) also became victims off the treacherous mud. Unfortunately, for them, it caused a major delay in proceedings and they slipped to 44th place by end of play.

“Not so good a start for me,” said Roma. “When I arrive at the problem area there is one car stopped on the left so I go to the right on the grass but there are so many people there. I turn left and get stuck. I lose 40 minutes. It’s like that...”

Careful and controlled racing by experienced Dutch privateers Erik van Loon and Wouter Rosegaar (Van Loon Racing) placed them in 13th place closely followed by the remaining fellow MINI ALL4 Racing privateers.

Day four (Stage 3) of the 2016 Dakar will see the competitors take to mountainous sections on their way to the next stage end at San Salvador De Jujuy. A total of 663km are to be covered, of which 314km are the Special Stage.

2016 Dakar Rally: Day Three, Stage 2, Villa Carlos Paz – Termas Rio Hondo, 387km (reduced distance). MINI ALL 4 Racing standings:

Position

Driver

Co-driver

#

Team

Time

5

Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)

Michel Périn (FRA)

315

AXION X-raid Team

003:48:51

+ 00:03:05

8

Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)

Mathieu Baumel (FRA)

300

AXION X-raid Team

003:50:04

+00:04:18

13

Erik van Loon (NDL)

Wouter Rosegaar (NDL)

306

Van Loon Racing

003:52:56

+00:07:10

15

Adam Malysz (POL)

Xavier Panseri (FRA)

325

ORLEN Team

003:57:53

+00:12:07

16

Harry Hunt (GB)

Andreas Schulz (GER)

323

X-raid Team

003:58:06

+00:12:20

17

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL)

Andrei Rudnitski (BLR)

327

ORLEN Team

003:58:13

+00:12:27

19

Boris Garafulic (CHL)

Filipe Palmeiro (POR)

313

X-raid Team

004:01:46

+00:16:00

20

Nazareno Lopez (ARG)

Sergio Lafuente (URU)

351

X-raid Team

004:02:00

+00:16:14

28

Orlando Terranova (ARG)

Bernardo “Ronnie” Graue (ARG)

310

AXION X-raid Team

004:15:22

+00:29:36

44

Joan ‘Nani’ Roma (ESP)

Alex Haro (ESP)

304

AXION X-raid Team

004:32:34

+00:46:48

 

Stephan Schott (GER)

Holm Schmidt (GER)

331

X-raid Team

 

 

Find more photos and videos in high resolution of previous Dakar participants in the MINI ALL4 Racing on the BMW Media Website by clicking here

Dakar is go: 12 MINI ALL4 Racing line up for the start of the 2016 Dakar Rally.

 

Dakar is go: 12 MINI ALL4 Racing line up for the start of the 2016 Dakar Rally.

 

MINI prepares to achieve fifth consecutive Dakar Rally win with strongest line up yet of MINI ALL4 Racing and crews.

Munich. New Year, new challenges: 2 January 2016 will see the start of the 2016 Dakar Rally, the traditional season opener of long-distance cross-country rallies. Once again MINI takes on this exciting and exacting 9,500km, 15 day racing event but this year with a record entry of 12 MINI ALL4 Racing cars.

 

Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and long-term co-pilot Mathieu Baumel (FRA) of AXION X-raid Team (#300) are the defending Dakar champions and more than ready to take up the challenge of motorsport’s toughest endurance race. “Preparation is complete,” said Al-Attiyah in Buenos Aires, starting point of the 2016 Dakar Rally.

 

“We are ready to take on the greatest endurance race in the hope we can achieve MINI the same success of 2015,” said Joan ‘Nani’ Roma (ESP), fellow AXION X-raid Team member in MINI ALL4 Racing #304 along with co-driver Alex Haro (ESP).

 

The Argentinean duo of Orlando Terranova and Bernardo ‘Ronnie’ Graue are also prepared for the challenge of Dakar in their AXION X-raid Team MINI ALL4 Racing (#310). “With more time spent at altitude and a long, tough second week, the 2016 Dakar is guaranteed to throw up some surprises – but that is what makes the Dakar so special,” said Terranova during the prerace Shakedown test.

 

The fourth MINI ALL4 Racing (#315) of Axion X-raid Team sees the pairing of Mikko Hirvonen (FIN) and Michel Périn (FRA). While Périn is a very experienced Dakar co-pilot, this year’s Dakar Rally is the first for former WRC competitor Hirvonen. “I’m very excited about taking part in the Dakar Rally. It’s been a long time coming and I hope to achieve a result that will reflect the team’s professionalism.”

 

Competition for the Dakar title will, of course, come from every angle but especially the privateer MINI ALL4 Racing crews competing at the 2016 Dakar Rally. The continual success of MINI ALL4 Racing (e.g. Dakar Rally winner four years in succession 2012-2015) in long distance cross-country rally has led to an unprecedented eight privateer crews also lining up on the Dakar start line.

 

The eight crews are made up of experienced cross-country rally drivers and co-drivers from around the globe. For example, the MINI ALL4 Racing crew of Van Loon Racing (#306) consists of Dutch pairing Erik van Loon and Wouter Rosegaar.

 

The ORLEN Team consists of two MINI ALL4 Racing with the crews of Adam Malysz (POL) and Xavier Panseri (FRA) in #325, and Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL) with co-pilot Andrei Rudnitski (BLR) in #327.

 

Four further crews will drive under the banner of X-raid Team, one of which (#323) will feature the youngest MINI ALL4 Racing driver at this year’s Dakar Rally, Harry Hunt from Great Britain. Further extending the global appeal of the MINI ALL4 Racing is the Perfect China Health 100 Yong Team (#360) consisting of female driver Guo Meiling and co-driver Min Liao.

 

The 2016 edition of Dakar Rally starts 2nd January with a timed Prologue. The outcome of this 346km event decides the starting order for Stage 1 of the Dakar Rally, Rosario (“light bivouac”) to Carloz Paz, Sunday 3rd January.

 

2016 Dakar Rally MINI ALL4 Racing crew line-up

 

Driver

Co-driver

#

Team

Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)

Mathieu Baumel (FRA)

300

AXION X-raid Team

Joan ‘Nani’ Roma (ESP)

Alex Haro (ESP)

304

AXION X-raid Team

Orlando Terranova (ARG)

Bernardo “Ronnie” Graue (ARG)

310

AXION X-raid Team

Mikko Hirvonen (FIN)

Michel Périn (FRA)

315

AXION X-raid Team

  

 

 

Erik van Loon (NDL)

Wouter Rosegaar (NDL)

306

Van Loon Racing

Boris Garafulic (CHL)

Filipe Palmeiro (POR)

313

X-raid Team

Harry Hunt (GB)

Andreas Schulz (GER)

323

X-raid Team

Adam Malysz (POL)

Xavier Panseri (FRA)

325

ORLEN Team

Jakub ‘Kuba’ Przygonski (POL)

Andrei Rudnitski (BLR)

327

ORLEN Team

Stephan Schott (GER)

Holm Schmidt (GER)

331

X-raid Team

Nazareno Lopez (ARG)

Sergio Lafuente (URU)

351

X-raid Team

Guo Meiling (CHN)

Min Liao (CHN)

360

Perfect China Health 100 Yong Team

 

Find more photos and videos in high resolution of previous Dakar participants in the MINI ALL4 Racing on the BMW Media Website by clicking here