Touareg-front Volkswagen Motorsport

The 2011 Dakar Rally begins in little over a month (yes, it really is that time again) and anybody who's anybody in the off-road world is preparing to decamp for South America.

No one has been busier than Volkswagen. The German manufacturer intend to take home a trophy for the third consecutive year after victories in 2009 and 2010 and their chariot of choice is the new and improved Race Touareg.

Here's how they - and Carlos Sainz - plan to do it, figuratively speaking... or do we mean literally? Anyway, there are figures and numbers involved...

 

 

310...

A more efficient cooling system, more power output at high altitudes and improved driveability were the key criteria driving the development of the third-generation four-wheel vehicle that now delivers 310 horsepower. Volkswagen Motorsport Director Kris Nissen says: “We couldn't rest on our laurels but have systematically optimised the Race Touareg on the proven base, using mechanics, engineers, co-drivers and drivers, as well."

 

 

150...

A mere 150 days elapsed between the beginning of the design of the new Race Touareg in mid-April and its competitive debut and first victory at the Silk Way Rally through Russia in mid-September.

 

 

2,500...

All four RT3s in action at the Dakar Rally will operate with a 2,500 cc, five-cylinder in-line TDI diesel engine, two-stage turbo-charging system with two exhaust turbo-chargers and intercooling, longitudinally mounted behind the front axle.

 

 

4,700...

In 2011, six of the 14 special stages will take place in some of the most inhospitable and remote regions of the Atacama Desert. In addition to high dunes with deep sand, there will also be two crossings of the Andes at altitudes of over 4,700 metres above sea level and fast gravel stages on hard soil...

 

 

700...

The typical maximum levels of braking pressure generated by a driver amount to about 70 Bar... this equates to the atmospheric pressure that exists at a water depth of 700 metres.

 

 

16,500....

Which is probably why a total of 132 sensors are installed in the Race Touareg 3! They record temperatures, pressures and mechanical movements. The 132 sensors produce 250 MB of data which is read and analysed daily by the on-site engineers. The volume of data corresponds to about 16,500 A4-size pages of single-spaced information.

 

 

2,066...

In January 2010, on the special stage between Antofagasta and Copiapó, Carlos Sainz changed gears a total of 2,066 times. This leg of the rally will be on the card again in 2011 so Sainz will be busy with his sequential five-speed racing gearbox, longitudinally mounted.

 

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