The history of BFGoodrich in Dakar
BFGoodrich® has been competing in the Dakar rally for decades. With the first victory occurring in the Paris-to-Dakar class victory in 1993, BFGoodrich® followed with a dozen overall Dakar victories, including 10 straight wins from 2002 to 201.
Most recently it has had considerable success in several key truck categories with its championship winning desert race tires.
BFGoodrich® out to build on its record of 12 Dakar victories
With no fewer than 12 victories to its name on the world’s most punishing cross-country rally, BFGoodrich® is returning as the tyre supplier to Dakar competitors in 2017.
Between 1999 and 2012, BFGoodrich® secured a dozen wins on the event on the cars of four different partners, namely the Schlesser-Renault buggy, the Mitsubishi Pajero, the Volkswagen Race Touareg and the Mini ALL-4 Racing.
Over the years, BFGoodrich®’s engineers fine-tuned the brand’s tyres to match the technological evolution of the cars (two-, then four-wheel drive) and also the specific challenges of the route which switched from northwest Africa to South America in 2009.
For more than a decade, the BFGoodrich® Baja T/A, then the Rock T/A and, finally, the All-Terrain dominated what is recognised as the world’s most gruelling rally. The 2017 event will see BFGoodrich® supply tyres for more than 300 vehicles, including the specifically-designed BFGoodrich® All Terrain KDR2 for the 2016-Dakar winning Peugeot 3008 and for Toyota Gazoo Racing.
A little history
BFGoodrich® won the Dakar for the first time in 1999 with Jean-Louis Schlesser. Fitted with BFGoodrich® Baja T/A tyres, the Frenchman’s Renault-powered buggy overcame the notorious difficulties associated with the African terrain to celebrate first place at the finish in the Senegalese capital.
The following year’s route crossed north Africa from west to east, beginning in Dakar, Senegal, and finishing in Cairo, Egypt. Once again, Schlesser’s two-wheel drive Renault-engined buggy and its BFGoodrich® Baja T/A tyres proved the package to beat.
In 2002, the BFGoodrich® Rock T/A – a new tyre designed especially for the discipline’s powerful 4x4 prototypes – claimed its first Dakar victory thanks to Japan’s Hiroshi Masuoka and his Mitsubishi Pajero. The BFGoodrich® Rock T/A and Mitsubishi went on to enjoy an unbeaten spell which lasted until 2007.
Following the cancellation of the 2008 rally, the Dakar switched to South America where BFGoodrich® introduced a brand new tyre, the BFGoodrich® All-Terrain. It was engineered to match the performance of the latest-generation factory Mitsubishi and Volkswagen prototypes, as well as the demands inherent in the new terrain.
The BFGoodrich® All-Terrain hit the ground running to win the 2009 Dakar with Volkswagen’s Giniel De Villiers. The following year, an evolution of the same tyre – the All-Terrain+ – helped Carlos Sainz to clinch victory for the same team in 2010, with Nasser All-Attiyah making it three-in-a-row in 2011.
After winning with the Schlesser-Renault buggy, the Mitsubishi Pajero and the Volkswagen Race Touareg, BFGoodrich® triumphed once more in 2012 with the Mini ALL-4 Racing of Stéphane Peterhansel.
BFGoodrich® Dakar wins
- 1993: BFGoodrich® wins FIA Off Road Rally World Cup 2WD Championship with Jean-Louis Schlesser and class win at Paris to Dakar Rally
- 1999 – 2000: BFGoodrich® wins the Dakar Rally with John-Louis Schlesser (Schlesser-Renault/B BFGoodrich® Baja T/A)
- 2002 – 2003: BFGoodrich® wins the Dakar Rally with Hiroshi Masuoka in a Mitsubishi Pajero (Mitsubishi Pajero/ BFGoodrich® Rock T/A)
- 2004: BFGoodrich® wins the Dakar Rally with Stephane Peterhansel in a Mitsubishi Pajero, sweeping 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (Mitsubishi Pajero/ BFGoodrich® Rock T/A)
- 2005: BFGoodrich® wins the Dakar Rally with Stephane Peterhansel in a Mitsubishi Pajero (Mitsubishi Pajero/ BFGoodrich® Rock T/A)
- 2006: BFGoodrich® wins the Dakar Rally with Luc Alphand in a Mitsubishi Pajero / Montero Evo (Mitsubishi Pajero/ BFGoodrich® Rock T/A)
- 2007: BFGoodrich® wins the Dakar Rally with Stephane Peterhansel in a Mitsubishi Pajero/ Montero Evo (Mitsubishi Pajero/ BFGoodrich® Rock T/A)
- 2008: Rally cancelled
- 2009: BFGoodrich® wins the Dakar Rally with Giniel de Villiers in a Volkswagen Touareg (Volkswagen Race Touareg/ BFGoodrich® All-Terrain)
- 2010: BFGoodrich® wins Dakar Rally with Carlos Sainz in a Volkswagen Touareg (Volkswagen Race Touareg/ BFGoodrich® All-Terrain+)
- 2011: BFGoodrich® wins Dakar Rally with Nassar Saleh Al-Attiyah in a Volkswagen Touareg (Volkswagen Race Touareg/ BFGoodrich® All-Terrain+)
- 2012: BFGoodrich® wins Dakar Rally with Stephane Peterhansel in a Mini Cooper (Mini ALL-4 Racing/ BFGoodrich® All-Terrain+)
Crédits : ASO, World et DPPI