The 2011 Dakar Rally has commenced January 1st and will be running till January 16. The Dakar is without a doubt the fiercest test of both man and machine on the globe! As in 2010, this years Dakar takes the drivers through Argentina and Chile in South America.

An Extraordinary Human Experience: Like the mountains or the oceans, the wide open spaces inspire “the adventurers”. Enrolling for the Dakar is, in a certain way, like climbing Everest, sailing round the globe or rowing round the world. The places on the final podium represent an exceptional challenge, sometimes the challenge of a lifetime.

Apart from the standings, all the competitors are motivated by this resolute desire, an almost crazy dream. Whether bikers, car drivers or truckers, the competitors all share this ambition, a feeling that brings them together. The tradition of solidarity, a principle which is one of the pillars of the “Dakar Spirit”, stems from this shared passion: despite the linguistic barriers, on this level the competitors all speak the same language.”

Jump after the break to check out awesome pictures of the Dakar.