Road to Dakar 2019
The road to Dakar 2019 starts now. It will be the first time ever that Ford Trucks joins the Dakar Rally in truck class Under 10L.
Our rally trucks are redesigned, factory-produced vehicles from Ford Trucks. All of the modifications will be made by the VDR Truck Racing Team, powered by Ford Trucks. A dedicated team of volunteers is working hard to achieve one common goal: to compete successfully in the Dakar Rally 2019 and obtain our high ambitions for the race. Of course this is not a one-year project. Nonetheless we strive to become eventually a leading competitor in this particular truck class overall.
Eager to learn more? Check out our milestones for the upcoming Dakar Rally 2019!
Ford Trucks’ first ever entry in the competition of Dakar 2019 is a top-notch project.
The design and manufacturing of our two racing trucks is a close collaboration with the engineers of Ford Trucks involving all of the latest innovations in the field to be able to compete with the best contenders in our class. The final product will be two unique trucks; built for what is undoubtedly the toughest rally in the world.
2 ford rally Trucks
VDR Truck Racing will enter the Dakar Rally 2019 with two prototype vehicles; rally trucks designed and manufactured in collaboration with Ford Trucks’ finest engineers.
Ford Trucks Factory Support
Technical designing, initial preparations and local testing will all take place at Ford Trucks’ factory in Turkey. When approved of at the factory site, the trucks will be shipped to Belgium. Our team of technicians will then assemble them, again in close collaboration with Ford Trucks. Once assembly has been finalised, the trucks will be tested in actual rally conditions to ensure the best possible preparation for the ever so rough elements that Dakar 2019 will have to offer.
Ford Trucks is currently buzzing with activity in order to create a high-end engine that will be able to conquer every mountain, dune or obstacle in general on its path. No possibility will be left unexplored.
Transit 4 x 4
An outstanding Transport Van is crucial to our technicians to enable safe and sound travelling from bivouac to bivouac. Our 4×4 Ford Transit will be more than up to the task.
Furthermore, Ford Trucks will provide us with a service truck to deliver all the necessary equipment, tires, spare parts and of course our precious mechanics to conquer the vast deserts of Dakar. The service vehicle will not be be taking the same road as our race trucks during Dakar 2019 since in-time arrival at the bivouac – i.e. before the completion of each stage – is of the essence.
VDR Truck Racing will be competing in the under 10L class for Dakar 2019. Our ambitions have been set on conquering the Dakar deserts and ultimately finishing in the Top 3.