Excite Rallye Raid Team D4_WN5 Evoque

Will a Range Rover Evoque be on the field for the 2013 Dakar Rally? Well, sort of. The British Excite Rallye Raid Team will be running the 2013 Dakar in a vehicle that looks a lot like a highly-modified Range Rover Evoque. “Looks like” are the key words here. The actual car is called the D4_WN5 and is built by RaBe Race Cars. The D4_WN5 has been in development over the past four years and as far as we can tell shares little to nothing in common with the production version of the Range Rover Evoque other than a superficial resemblance. The recent press release issued by the team does not mention Range Rover or the Evoque, despite the accompanying renders featuring an Evoque-like appearance, Evoque 20-inch Chrome Shadow wheels, and a “LAND ROVER” grill badge.

Further distancing the D4_WN5 from the Evoque is the engine choice. The rally car is equipped with a 3.0-liter BMW six-cylinder turbodiesel that produces 275-horsepower. Backing the engine will be a ZF 6-speed transmission. The car rides on 16-inch Compomotive Atacama RallyRaid wheels wrapped with BF Goodrich Desert Race G Series tires. Obviously, there is some disconnect between the rendering seen below and the actual specifications of the vehicle. What the car actually looks like come 2013 is still speculative, as the team is fine-tuning the racer during the 2012 season in preparation for the 2013 Dakar event.

The car will be driven by Martin Rowe, John Hardy, and Andrew Coley.

About the Dakar Rally

The Dakar Rally, formerly known as the Paris-Dakar Rally, is an annual off-road raid-style race historically held in Europe and Africa. The Dakar has always been a dangerous endeavor for a variety of reasons, but security issues resulted in the 2008 Dakar to be canceled and caused the 2009 and subsequent Dakar rallies to be held in South America.

Range Rover vehicles have won the event twice, first in 1979 at the inaugural race and again in 1981. Recently, the Dakar Rally has been dominated by the Mitsubishi Pajero (Montero in the U.S.) and the Volkswagen Touareg, with the VW entry winning the 2009, 2010, and 2011 events. The Pajero enjoyed the longest cars-class winning streak in Dakar history, taking the top spot every year between 2001 and 2007 with five additional wins throughout the history of the Dakar.

Excite Rallye Raid Team D4_WN5 Evoque

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