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The 2017 Dakar Rally saw Peugeot Sport and BFGoodrich monopolize the podium at the two-week event’s finish in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday, January 14. It was the ideal result, the brand’s 13th overall victory at Dakar, to mark the off-road tire brand’s return to the world’s most famous cross-country rally after a four-year absence.

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TRD, the Toyota Racing Development division for the company, just unveiled the details on the vehicles it will have on display at the Tokyo Auto Salon.

Tanner Foust Quantum Drift
Tanner Foust is an accomplished rallycross and Formula Drift driver that, as of late, has been spending a fair bit of time in the seat of a Polaris RZR. Tanner Foust Quantum Drift is just a small peak into the life of one of the busiest men in motorsports.

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GREENVILLE, S.C., Dec. 20, 2016
― BFGoodrich Tires ― the official tire of The Dakar Rally ― culminates its year-long celebration of the 40th anniversary of its first radial all-terrain tire, which revolutionized the light-truck and off-road industry, with the brand’s return to the 2017 Dakar Rally.

After months of race tire development and testing, BFGoodrich engineers and race teams are making final preparations and staging their vehicles in South America for the 8786 kilometer (5460 mile), 12-stage race.  The 39th Dakar Rally begins on Jan. 2, 2017. The race promises to be among the toughest on competitors and vehicles as it weaves through changing terrain and altitude across Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina.

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Earlier this week, Mini unveiled the new Mini John Cooper Works Rally, and just yesterday the first photos were released showing off the livery for the Mini that Bryce Menzies will race in the 2017 Dakar Rally.

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On the heels of a successful launch of the inaugural Rebelle Rally Presented By Hoehn Adventures, the 2017 edition will return to California and Nevada Oct. 12-22, 2017. Registration officially opens on November 15th with 60 coveted team spots up for grabs.

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CYPRESS, CA
–Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. (Toyo Tires) will continue the tradition of big displays and big vehicle debuts during the 2016 SEMA Show, November 1 – 4 in Las Vegas, NV. At the entrance to the South Hall, show attendees will be greeted by a Ken Block-themed display.  Inside the South Hall, the Toyo Tires booth has moved onto the main aisle and will include one-off supercars in addition to the brand’s most popular products.  Attendees can also enjoy never-before-seen vehicles and take a load off in the Toyo Tires Treadpass which is located between the Central and South Hall.

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After seven days of intense competition with only a map and compass as navigation tools, Charlene Bower and Kaleigh Hotchkiss finished with the highest points winning the inaugural Rebelle Rally in the BFGoodrich Tires Jeep JK built by Impulse Offroad. This was the third event of the Ladies Co-Driver Challenge where Kaleigh Hotchkiss was selected for the navigation seat out of 91 original entrants. The Rebelle Rally event went through 2 states, 12 counties, 2 National Parks, 5 BLM agencies and 4 legendary OHV areas.   Historically, 36 vehicles started and finished with 72 women from 19 states and 4 countries traversing 1200 plus miles across the beautiful western desert, majority being in the dirt and some asphalt transit sections.

Drift Silt Bed
Silt beds are the Achilles heel for off-road racers. They can sneak up out of nowhere and always seem to pop up at the worst times. This silt bed in Paraguay seems to be getting the best of this rally driver, who apparently doesn’t know he’s supposed to stay on the gas. In silt, the mantra “when in doubt, gas it out” should be remembered at all times. Check out the silt carnage below.

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When the dust settled and all of the stages were finally completed, America’s first all-female navigation rally has come to a close. As Rebelle Rally promoters described it, there were “ups-and-downs, triumphs and challenges; great days and bad days.” Now the results are in, and it was the #125 Jeep Wrangler JK of Charlene Bower and Kaleigh Hotchkiss who earned the overall victory. Bower and Hotchkiss edged out the team of Taylor Pawley and Micaela Windham in second place, while rounding out the podium in third place was the team of Nena Barlow and Kande Jacobsen.