"A challenge for those who go on. A dream for those who stay behind."

This is how the founder of the Dakar Rally, Thierry Sabine, once described his inspiration for the most fascinating rally event on the international motorsport calendar. Since 1978, courageous drivers on motorcycles, quads, in cars and trucks have been demonstrating their ability as they make their way through the desert on the world's most infamous endurance rally.

Roma: "I've Dreamt About This for Nearly Ten Years"

January 24, 2014

Joan "Nani" Roma has turned his dream into reality. Driving the MINI ALL4 Racing he's now won the Dakar in a car and his delight is immeasurable.

He's Done It: Roma Wins the 2014 Dakar Rally

January 18, 2014
He's Done It: Roma Wins the 2014 Dakar Rally

Wild celebrations for MINI and the X-raid team: Nani Roma has won the world's toughest rally, the Dakar Rally in South America.

Final Spurt at the Rally Dakar

January 16, 2014
inal Spurt at the Rally Dakar

Finish in sight! The competitors at the toughest rally in the world have entered the finishing straight. Just a few kilometres to go. But beware: it is far from over yet.

The Culinary Morale Booster at the Dakar

January 14, 2014
The Culinary Morale Booster at the Dakar

The toughest rally in the world is always an energy-sapping event for the drivers and teams. It is important to keep moral up at all times. Only one person knows how to pull that off: the team chef.

Rested and ready for the business end

January 12, 2014

The rest day at the Rally Dakar in South America gave everyone involved a chance to catch a breath. However, there was little time to really relax, as the next challenge is just around the corner.

Hard Graft in the Desert Dust

January 10, 2014
Hard graft in the desert dust.

Without them, no driver would make it to the end of the next stage at the Dakar. They are the team behind the team. The mechanics, who put in such a hard graft behind the scenes.

Peterhansel’s Whisperer of Success

January 08, 2014
Peterhansel’s Whisperer of Success

With five Dakar victories to his name Jean-Paul Cottret is one of the most successful co-driver at the Dakar. In this Q&A, Stéphane Peterhansel‘s navigator explains the details of his trade.

The Hidden Dakar

January 06, 2014

While eleven MINI ALL4 Racings thunder across the special stages on the 2014 Rally Dakar, the X-raid team has its hands full behind the scenes, transporting more than 50 tons of equipment from one destination to the next as quickly as possible.

All set for title defence

January 03, 2014
dakar 2014 ready

The 2014 Rally Dakar gets underway on Sunday, and the X-raid team lines up at the toughest marathon rally in the world with its biggest contingent ever. The goal is clear: victory number three in a row for the MINI ALL4 Racing.

Full speed ahead for Nani Roma

December 23, 2013
roma dakar 2014 car

Ten years after his first Dakar win, Nani Roma has his sights set firmly on the top step of the podium again in 2014. Armed with the MINI ALL4 Racing, he is among the favourites to triumph in South America.

“Mister Dakar” hungry for win number 12

December 20, 2013
peterhansel dakar 2014 car

Stéphane Peterhansel's name already appears eleven times in the Rally Dakar history books. In 2014, he has his sights set firmly on win number 12 with MINI.

Eleven doses of MINI ALL4 Racing power

December 18, 2013

MINI fans are in for a real treat at the 2014 Rally Dakar. MINI is sending its largest ever contingent to South America, with eleven MINI ALL4 Racings lining up at the Dakar.