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 14 Dakar victories
With no fewer than 14 victories to its name on the world’s most punishing cross-country rally, BFGoodrich® continues to be the Dakar’s official tire supplier in 2018.
Between 1993 and 2012, BFGoodrich® secured 13 Dakar wins on the cars of four different partners, namely the Renault-engined 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 tires to match the technological evolution of the cars (two-, then four-wheel drive) and also the specific new 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. In 2017, the BFGoodrich® All-Terrain KDR2, which was designed especially for Peugeot Sport and Toyota Gazoo, claimed the top three places. The 2018 event sees BFGoodrich® introduce the new BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KDR2+.
A little history
BFGoodrich® won the Dakar for the first time in 1993 with Jean-Louis Schlesser. Fitted with BFGoodrich® Baja T/A tires, 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.
In 1999 and 2000, the 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 tires were the package to beat.
In 2002, the BFGoodrich® Rock T/A – a new tire 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 that lasted until 2007.
Following the cancellation of the 2008 rally, the Dakar switched to South America where BFGoodrich® introduced a brand new tire: the BFGoodrich® All-Terrain. It was engineered to match the performance of the latest-generation factory Mitsubishi and Volkswagen prototypes and to address the challenge 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 tire, the All-Terrain+, helped Carlos Sainz to clinch victory for the same team in 2010, with Nasser Al-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® resumed its winning ways in 2017 with the victory of Stéphane Peterhansel (Peugeot 3008 DKR) who spearheaded the brand’s one-two-three finish with Team Peugeot Total.
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+)
- 2017 : BFGoodrich® wins Dakar Rally with Stephane Peterhansel in a Peugeot 3008 DKR BFGoodrich® All-Terrain KDR2)
Crédits : ASO, World et DPPI