Britain’s Excite Rally Raid Team Will Enter Dakar Rally with Range Rover Evoque powered by BMW: Specs and Photos

by Ron Grant

The British car maker Land Rover is best-known for its off-road paths, races and ideas but currently they offer a great deal more than that with the Range Rover lineup.

After quite some time, will enter the famous Dakar Rally with Range Rover Evoques powered by BMW’s engines.

It might seem weird, but this is not the first time the German manufacturer meets the British four-wheel-drive specialist, considering that the Bavarian car maker acquired the Rover Group, including Land Rover in 1994 and owned it for six years. However, in 2000 the Rover Group was broken-up by BMW because of huge losses and Land Rover was sold to Ford Motor Company.

The Range Rover Evoque will go to Dakar Rally with a new BMW 3.0 liter turbocharged straight-six diesel engine, that delivers 275 HP and 479 lb-ft of torque. Despite the fact that this isn’t BMW’s most powerful offering, it is the best compromise available and it is also incredibly fuel efficient, which is an important factor in this sort of races. The fuel tank will have a capacity of 260 liters.

The power will be transferred to the wheels through a ZF six-speed transmission, while the Reiger coil-over suspension and 16 inch wheels with BF Goodrich desert racing tires will make this care more controllable.

The British Excite Rally Raid Team will be responsible for racing the three cars that Range Rover will be sending to Dakar. The three BMW powered Evoque’s will be driven by Martin Rowe, Andrew Coley and John Hardy.

Official Specification
RaBe Race Cars D4 WN5
Built for T3 world championship

Engine: BMW diesel N57 3.0 ltr 275 Hp 650Nm with FIA restrictor.
Transmission: ZF 6 speed / two speed transfer case.
Dampers: 8 x Reiger coil overs
Wheels: Compomotive Atacama RallyRaid wheel 16”
Tyres: BF Goodrich desert race G series
Fuel Tank: 260 ltr
Length: 3.8 M
Width: 2.0 M
Height: 1.9 M
Wheel Base: 2.8M
Weight: 1900 KG

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Source: Excite Rallye Raid via GTspirit

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