News from the Volkswagen bivouac
One of the challenges faced by the Volkswagen team during the Dakar Rally is supplying the 280 hp cross-country rally prototypes and the race trucks with the diesel they need. Making 40,000 litres of the BP Ultimate diesel, which is commercially
available in Europe, available at an unwavering quality and in accordance with the regulations called for some special logistics.
Half of the fuel was shipped to Argentina in 200-litre barrels while the other half was shipped to Chile – as supplies may not be taken across the border between the two countries. During the rally, the supplies of the Ultimate fuel are being delivered to the bivouacs by two lorries in Argentina and one in Chile.
In the evening of the second Dakar Rally day, the Volkswagen service crew fitted the Race Touareg with a new safety feature. An additional bumper on the front of the vehicle is a simple but effective way of dealing with possible collisions with large and heavy obstacles such as bushes.
The tubular frame weighing 3.5 kilograms goes right round the radiator grill of the 280 hp cross-country rally prototype and had its first rally outing on today's leg.