This year’s Dakar Rally, its 40th annual competition, kicked off with a ceremonial start in Lima, Peru, on 6 January. A group of 335 competitors started the two-week off-roading adventure through Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina, with “power” vehicles which include specialized cars, trucks, motorcycles, and quad bikes.
The supercharged race events are currently on stage 12 of 14 stages between Lima and Córdoba, Argentina.
Due to bad weather conditions, organizers were forced to cancel or shorten a couple of stages so far this year but, ahead of the teams’ final race to the finish line in Córdoba, Argentina on January 20, we’ve brought you some amazing pictures from the previous competitions.
Toyota’s driver Akira Mirua and co-driver Laurent Lichtleuchter compete in the 2018 Dakar Rally Stage 5 between San Juan De Marcona and Arequipa in Peru, on January 10, 2018.
Zala Vaidotas, right, and his co-driver Jurgelenas Saulius, both of Lithuania, jump in unison on the podium ramp during the Dakar Rally ceremonial start in Lima, Peru, on January 6, 2018
DKR Raid Service’s Spanish driver, Cristina Gutierrez Herrero, and her co-driver Gabriel Moiset Ferrer crash their Mitsubishi during Stage 1 of Dakar 2018 between Lima and Pisco, Peru, on January 6, 2018
Honda biker Joan Barreda Bort rides up a dune in Stage 2 of Dakar 2018 in and around the Peruvian town of Pisco on January 7, 2018
Mini’s driver, Jakub Przygonski, and co-driver, Tom Colsoul, drive in Stage 2 of Dakar 2018
A woman lies on the sand as a competitor passes by during the 2018 Dakar Rally Stage 2 near Pisco, Peru
A man takes pictures as the sun sets at the bivouac after Stage 2 of Dakar 2018
During Stage 3, the car driven by Alicia Reina and co-driver Carlos Pelayo catches fire between Pisco and San Juan de Marcona, Peru, on January 8, 2018. The drivers escaped uninjured
Aerial view of the Pacific coast during Stage 4 of Dakar 2018, near San Juan de Marcona, Peru, on January 9, 2018
Laia Sanz of Spain rests on her KTM before departing for Stage 4 on January 9, 2018
Bikers compete in Stage 4 of the 2018 Dakar Rally near San Juan De Marcona, Peru, on January 9, 2018
A Dakar competitor near San Juan De Marcona, Peru, on January 9, 2018
Driver Cyril Despres and copilot David Castera look over their damaged vehicle during Stage 4 of Dakar 2018
Sebastian Cavallero of Peru and Arequipenos al Dakar rides a KTM 450 Rally bike in Stage 5 of the Dakar 2018 between San Juan de Marcona and Arequipa on January 10, 2018