The Dakar Rally is one of the biggest challenges – not only technically, logistically and physically, but also mentally. The vehicles and pilots as well as the entire team, are constantly pushed to their limits. The X-raid team has been tackling this challenge for over 17 years now. We fight our way through deserts, over stony slopes, high altitudes and withstand enormous temperature differences, rain and mud.
Five victories at the Dakar Rally and countless successes at cross-country rallies all over the world, speak for the passion and team spirit that all of us have. But X-raid is more than just a motorsport team: vehicles such as the BMW X3 CC, the MINI ALL4 Racing or the MINI John Cooper Works Rally were developed by us in cooperation with our long-term partners and built at our headquarters.
In 2017 X-raid ventured into a new era. After 15 years of concentrating on the development of all-wheel drive vehicles, the new MINI John Cooper Works Buggy was the first self-developed and constructed vehicle with two-wheel drive to compete in the 2018 Dakar.
In addition to developing and assembling the racing cars, we also provide them to use at cross-country events worldwide. Interested customers have the possibility to buy or rent our vehicles. We prepare the cars in our workshop and organize the entire logistics. Our mechanics and engineers take care of the preparation as well as repairing of the vehicles during the events.
Cross-country rallies take place all over the world, which why logistics are a very large and extremely important part of X-raid. The transportation of the equipment by our service truck within Europe or by ship or air freight to other countries is organized by us and is one of the daily challenges of our team. In 2019 alone we competed in 14 races in 12 countries! Our drivers were able to win ten rallies. The married couple Stéphane and Andrea Peterhansel secured the title in the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallyes and thus made history: They were the first married couple to win a FIA event. Orlando Terranova and Ronnie Graue took the overall victory in the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Bajas.
The winning run continued and Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz secured X-raid the fifth Dakar victory in team history in Saudi Arabia. Stéphane Peterhansel and Paulo Fiuza took third place in the second MINI JCW Buggy.
For the first appearance of the desert rally in Saudi Arabia, X-raid brought seven vehicles to South America: two MINI John Cooper Works Buggy, four MINI John Cooper Works Rally and one MINI ALL4 Racing.