The 2011 Dakar Rally is done now with the Russian Kamaz teams coming 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the mighty truck section. Vladimir Chagin, known as "The Tsar" for his many excellent performance wins, was the fastest driver and won eight of the thirteen stages in this year's race.
The Dakar rally is still the most dangerous and exciting rally of its kind. It started in 1978 with a route from Paris to Dakar in Senegal, but due to political and other problems, with fears of terrorist attacks, the race was moved to South America in 2009. The major leg across the Atacama desert has most severe climate and landscape conditions with daytime temperatures of 40 Celcius. The Kamaz cab has no air conditioning.
Why don't people talk enough about Kamaz trucks ? They are built for extreme conditions like those found in Russia, Mongolia and South America and as Kamaz have proved for the tenth time, this is the fastest truck in the world. Chagin received a message of congratulations on Twitter from the President of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev.
An ordinary jeep trip becomes a real adventure in one of these monster trucks. Perhaps you would like to cross the Gobi Desert in southern Mongolia in a Kamaz 6X6 expedition bus and get an idea of what the great Russian Driver, Vladimir Chagin, experienced when he won the Dakar for the 10th time ? Take a look at this Gobi Desert Overland tour in summer 2011: