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The "Official" Dakar 2018 Thread

Bull-dust

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Dirty Harry - will you do a write up after the Sonora event about the vehicle - what changes you made and how well it did etc?

How much wheel travel does a Class 1 rear trailing arm suspension have compared to a Trophy Truck rear axle setup?

What differences does the Coronel buggy have compared to the Buggies - Sainz/ Nasser and BJ/ Chicherit ran?
 

michael_loomis

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Just speculating.. but the Coronel buggy is probably very similar to the BJ/Chic buggies.

Class 1 car is about 17-18 in the rear depending on builder. The SMG buggy was 450mm according to the Red Bull spec sheet. I’ve been trying to research weights.

TT should be 28-36” depending on builder.




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Dirty Harry

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Dirty Harry - will you do a write up after the Sonora event about the vehicle - what changes you made and how well it did etc?
Absolutely! We have to get through King of the Hammers next month, but then we can focus on the Sonora Rally. I went last year to cover the event and really enjoyed it. Most of the teams have 2WD vehicles, so I think our 4WD car will be an advantage in the dunes. Right now the biggest limiting factor is me getting more familiar with navigating from a road book...

Here is our KOH video from last year:

 

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Interesting...
 

JPBart

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were the threats from racers to kick ASO butts if they kept the race as hard as it's been? Personally I like how gnarly it has been. It's supposed to be the hardest race in the world.
 

michael_loomis

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There is some kind of political issue not pertaining to the rally going on in Bolivia, according to some commentators on Facebook Dakar page posts. Posts warning of instability and they could protest the rally until their other issue is changed.


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michael_loomis

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Wasn’t there a top speed rule invoked that we were all discussing a couple years back??


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vegasloki

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were the threats from racers to kick ASO butts if they kept the race as hard as it's been? Personally I like how gnarly it has been. It's supposed to be the hardest race in the world.
The racers (and crews) are going to be so wiped out at the end I doubt they could even do some buttkicking. :eek:

Good to see it tougher this year and good to see it safer due to the different weather conditions from last year. That was brutal and dangerous though not much they could do about the weather.
 

vegasloki

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There is some kind of political issue not pertaining to the rally going on in Bolivia, according to some commentators on Facebook Dakar page posts. Posts warning of instability and they could protest the rally until their other issue is changed.
They've been having problems with health care lately including a doctor strike to protest conditions and some change in the penal law. President Evo Morales has been taking heat about other issues as well. This isn't so much about the race but about the country not liking the leader and the appearance that he takes the event more seriously than he takes other issues in the country.

A bit about what happened to the racers
Dakar racers caught up La Paz street protests
 

spalind

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What?!? You mean a socialist leader following in the footsteps of Hugo Chavez and brought to power on the backs of a populist message can’t run his country? Who’d a thunk it!?! (Off soapbox now)


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JDDurfey

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What?!? You mean a socialist leader following in the footsteps of Hugo Chavez and brought to power on the backs of a populist message can’t run his country? Who’d a thunk it!?! (Off soapbox now)


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Bolivia is a mess politically. Evo Morales, is trying every which way to become a dictator but has not succeeded yet. The latest move just came to light this week. In a new law that makes terrorism illegal there is a clause that makes preaching illegal as well with a jail sentence of 7 to 12 years. The Catholics and Christians are protesting in the streets because of this. I believe he is in his 4th term now. During his second term he got congress to throw out the constitution and write a new one. So when election time came around he wanted to run again, Congress told him he wasn't allowed to do that. Morales made an executive decision that since there was a new constitution in place he could re-run because he could be President for 2 terms under the new constitution. He ran again and was re-elected, twice. He is trying to find a way to be declared President for life.

The country is constantly going through "paros" or "strikes" which are better described as protests. Roads get blocked by the "striking" party and the urban areas and major roads come to a stand still. The striking group always announces the date they plan the protest so people are aware and the group can organize which roads to blockade. One month it will be the truck drivers wanting better wages. The next the bus and taxi drivers or the city workers. When these take place you pretty much have to stay home and change any plans you had. There was a time when we kept all our money in U.S. dollars and called the bank every time we wanted to make a purchase and exchanged our money minutes before because the inflation was so bad. At times a suitcase was needed to carry the Bolivian pesos for a simple doctor visit. It was cheaper to wipe your butt with money than buy toilet paper, and people were actually doing that!

The President hates the U.S. and blames all the country's problems on us. But yet we continue to pump millions of dollars into their pocket. The President and his wife are extremely corrupt as is much of the government. The cops will shake everyone down for a few extra bucks, especially gringos.

The country has great potential, and it makes me sad to see the condition.

Enough of the political talk...back to the race!
 

michael_loomis

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And besides... 122 is kinda slow for a “race”.


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