The Dakar Rally 2011 will take place from 1st to 16th January 2011 in Argentina and Chile. The organizers have just unveiled the new route of the 33rd edition. The riders, drivers and crews will have a chance to return only to some of the places known from the last two years (such as Fiambala and Atacama Desert), but they will also discover 5 new Argentinean provinces.
In general the route seems to be even more difficult that during the last edition. It will take the participants through dunes and desserts among the following places: Victoria, Córdoba, San Miguel de Tucumán, San Salvador de Jujuy, Calama, Arica, Antofagasta, Copiapo, Fiambala, and San Juan. The start and finish place will be again in Buenos Aires.
The priority has been given to environmental issues and the route will omit the most sensitive areas. More attention will be also focused on determining the greenhouse gas emissions related to the rally.
What is interesting, the organizers want to reduce the usage of GPS and emphasize the need of being able to read the road-book as the navigation skills should also be tested at this type of rally-raid. Last year, the competitors could use GPS when they were 3 kilometers from the way point markers, this time they will have to be within 400 meters!
Enrollment for the rally opens on May 15th.
The Dakar organizers intend to intensively promote the rally this year. A series of presentations – The Dakar World Tour – intended for competitors, partners and the media in 17 countries around the world has just begun.