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MINI John Cooper Works Buggy – rear view –?driving through sand dunes

The road to Dakar 2019.

Meet the three rally raid racing legends joining the MINI family.

The buzz of excitement surrounding the X-raid MINI JCW Team for the 2019 Dakar Rally has got a whole lot louder. Three true living motor racing legends have joined the MINI JCW Family and are ready to take their places on the starting grid in Peru in MINI John Cooper Works Buggy cars. They complete a line-up of remarkable driving talent who are now putting their legacy into action in MINI JCW colours.
MINI John Cooper Works Buggy – front view –?close up
Boasting an incredible 20 Dakar victories between them, Carlos Sainz, Cyril Despres and Stéphane Peterhansel are now?looking to increase their incredible tally of successes under the X-raid MINI JCW Team banner.
MINI John Cooper Works Buggy – rear view –?close up
X-raid MINI JCW Team –?Carlos Sainz, Cyril Despres and Stéphane Peterhansel – for 2019 Dakar Rally
Carlos Sainz is the reigning Dakar champion no less. In 2018, 'El Matador' was celebrating on the winner’s podium at Dakar for the second year in a row.
Cyril Despres won the Dakar five times on motorcycles before beginning a new chapter by making the switch to cars. He soon achieved four-wheel success by winning the grueling Silk Way Rally in 2016 and 2017.
MINI John Cooper Works Buggy – side view –?driving through sand dunes
Stephane Peterhansel isn’t called?'Mr. Dakar' for nothing. He is the most successful competitor in the history of the Dakar Rally having won it a record 13 times. In 2012, he was victorious at the controls of a MINI ALL4 Racing – an X-Raid prepared MINI Countryman – a feat he repeated in the same car the following year.
Carlos Sainz, Cyril Despres and Stéphane Peterhansel – X-raid MINI JCW Team
Hot on the heels of the successful testing at the Rallye du Maroc over the arduous Morocco dunes, the 2019 MINI JCW Buggy has been honed, tweaked and modified. The MINI family is now raring to start the 41st edition of Dakar in Peru.
MINI John Cooper Works Buggy – overhead view –?driving through sand dunes