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The "Official" Dakar 2018 Thread

Silverstone

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Unfortunately pilot error, drive the car to what the car is capable of at that time. Its a long race. He even admitted that these cars don't handle like a T/Truck and they never will. To bad, I wanted to see them do well in the rally. I meet Pete at the Sonora rally last year nice guy and good for the sport.
Next year they will be on it !!!
 

spalind

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2018: 191 vehicles completed the 40th edition: 85 bikes, 32 quads, 49 cars including 6 SxS and 25 trucks, meaning 55% of the competitors that set out from Lima two weeks ago reached the finish.

2017: 97 motorcycles, 22 quads, 63 cars (including 5 SSVs) and 38 trucks, or 220 vehicles from the 318 who set off from Asunción in Paraguay on 2 January, 2017, reached the Buenos Aires arrival podium in Argentina.

2016: 218 vehicles (84 bikes, 23 quads, 67 cars and 44 trucks) from 347 starters in Buenos Aires.

2015: 216 vehicles made it to the finish line (79 bikes, 18 quads, 68 cars, 51 trucks) from 406 at the start

Source
< you can find all finishers from every edition here.
So...

2018: 55%
2017: 69%
2016: 63%
2015: 53%

Anyone know what it was about 2015 that caused the low finishing rate?
 

spalind

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Here are your starter, finisher and % stats for the history of the Dakar:

Year, # of entrants #, of finishers, Finishing rate

1979 182 74 41%

1980 216 81 38%

1981 291 91 31%

1982 385 127 33%

1983 385 123 32%

1984 427 148 35%

1985 552 146 26%

1986 486 100 21%

1987 539 124 23%

1988 603 151 25%

1989 473 209 44%

1990 465 133 29%

1991 406 174 43%

1992 332 169 51%

1993 153 67 44%

1994 259 114 44%

1995 205 103 50%

1996 295 121 41%

1997 280 141 50%

1998 349 104 30%

1999 297 110 37%

2000 401 225 56%

2001 358 141 39%

2002 425 132 31%

2003 490 186 38%

2004 595 163 27%

2005 688 215 31%

2006 475 193 41%

2007 511 300 59%

2008 Cancelled

2009 501 271 54%

2010 362 187 52%

2011 407 204 50%

2012 443 249 56%

2013 449 301 67%

2014 431 204 47%

2015 406 216 53%

2016 347 218 63%

2017 318 220 69%

2018 335 185 55%
 

TMorford

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Pretty surprising that the 92 edition that finished in Cape Town, South Africa had that high of a finishing rate.
 

spalind

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Pretty surprising that the 92 edition that finished in Cape Town, South Africa had that high of a finishing rate.
Maybe at first glance as I saw that too...but though the entire event was some 12,427 km long, only 6,263 was "specials" vs. 4,467 km in '93 and 6,747 km in '91

So while the liaisons were probly brutally long...the race itself was merely par for the course....
 

spalind

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He added some more today...great kid too...I say “kid” cause anyone under the age of 40 is a kid to me at this point...




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mattj112

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Surprise they allowed to ship back some vehicle in state they are in. Someone going to have fun in bodyshop getting these back to racing conditions but looking at one of land cruise it may be write off with damage to roof.
 

Offspring

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Surprise they allowed to ship back some vehicle in state they are in. Someone going to have fun in bodyshop getting these back to racing conditions but looking at one of land cruise it may be write off with damage to roof.
Rules say you have to bring your stuff back.
 

JDDurfey

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Lyndon Poskit had his tool bag stolen off his bike when he shipped it back to England. He was not happy at all about it! He had left the tool kit he has taken several years to refine in it and now it is gone!
 

Chris Tobin

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Lyndon Poskit had his tool bag stolen off his bike when he shipped it back to England. He was not happy at all about it! He had left the tool kit he has taken several years to refine in it and now it is gone!
That's a bummer for him, but it seems very reasonable to not leave stuff on the bike or in the car that is easily removed for an easy grab by a worker or passerby...
 

Bricoop

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They also have those built in jacks on the car to help with extraction...can't recall what their technical name is. I've often wondered about a Winch system. One that comes out from the bottom of the truck and can winch from any direction. Helpful to pull yourself out of a hole or to turn yourself over if you end up upside down...or if your surfing adventure doesn't go well.
Saw this today. Interesting low budget idea.
 
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