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 15 years now. We fight our way through deserts, over stony slopes, high altitudes and withstand enormous temperature differences, rain and mud.
Four 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 entered a new era. After 15 years of focusing on the development of all-wheel drive vehicles, the new MINI John Cooper Works Buggy is the first self-developed and constructed two-wheel drive vehicle which will enter the Dakar 2018.
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 2018 alone we competed in 15 races in 14 countries! Our drivers were able to win ten rallies and in 7 rallies at least one additional podium place. After a second place in the World Cup for cross-country rallies in 2017, the young Pole Kuba Przygonski was able to secure first place in the 2018 season. X-raid brought eight vehicles to South America for the 2019 Dakar: three MINI John Cooper Works Buggy and five MINI John Cooper Works Rally. After ten special stages, five MINI cars finished in the top 10! Nani Roma secured a second place in the MINI JCW Rally, Przygonski again showed a very good performance and took fourth place. Cyril Despres finished fifth in the MINI JCW Buggy.