BFGoodrich®’s Dakar history
BFGoodrich® out to build onits score of 14 Dakar victories
The 14-time Dakar-winning American brand BFGoodrich® is this year the official tire supplier to the world’s premier cross-country rally.
Since 1999, BFGoodrich® has won the Dakar 14 times with four different manufacturer partners, namely Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, Mini and Peugeot.
Over the years, BFGoodrich®’s engineers have successfully fine-tuned the brand’s tires to both keep apace with the technological evolution of the cars (two-, then four-wheel drive) and meet the specific challenges of the different regions that have hosted the Dakar over the years (Africa and, since 2009, South America).
For more than a decade, tires like the BFGoodrich® Baja T/A, Rock T/A and All-Terrain dominated this competition which is reputed as being most punishing of its kind. In 2018, the BFGoodrich® All-Terrain T/A KDR2+, which was designed specifically for the cars entered by Peugeot Sport and Toyota Gazoo, contributed to the victory of Peugeot Sport, ahead of Toyota Gazoo.
A little history
BFGoodrich® won the Dakar for the first time in 1999 with Jean-Louis Schlesser. After 11 attempts and countless hours spent developing his self-designed, self-built buggies fitted with BFGoodrich® Baja T/A tires, the Frenchman realized his dream at last by adding his name to the list of Dakar winners.
In 2000, the 22nd Dakar ran from the Senegalese capital to the pyramids of Cairo, Egypt, and Schlesser’s Renault-engined buggy and its BFGoodrich® Baja T/A tires turned out to be the package to beat once again.
In 2002, the BFGoodrich® Rock T/A – a new tire designed especially for the discipline’s powerful 4x4 prototypes – claimed its maiden 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 from Africa to South America where BFGoodrich® introduced a brand new tire – the BFGoodrich® All-Terrain – which was engineered to match the performance of the latest-generation factory Mitsubishi and Volkswagen prototypes and address the challenges inherent in the terrain of the event’s new location.
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 tire, the All-Terrain+, helped Carlos Sainz to clinch victory for the same team in 2010, while Nasser Al-Attiyah made it three-in-a-row in 2011.
After winning with the Renault-powered 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 French make’s one-two-three finish with Team Peugeot Total to secure the American tire brand’s 13th Dakar success.
Carlos Sainz, Peugeot Sport and BFGoodrich® won the 2018 Dakar which finished in Cordoba, Argentina.
BFGoodrich® Dakar wins
1999 and 2000: BFGoodrich® victories with Jean-Louis Schlesser
2002 and 2003: BFGoodrich® victories with Hiroshi Masuoka (Mitsubishi Pajero)
2004: Stéphane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi Pajero) spearheads a BFGoodrich® one-two-three
2005: BFGoodrich® victory with Stéphane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi Pajero)
2006: BFGoodrich® victory with Luc Alphand (Mitsubishi Pajero Evo)
2007: BFGoodrich® victory with Stéphane Peterhansel (Mitsubishi Pajero Evo)
2009: BFGoodrich® victory with Giniel De Villiers (Volkswagen Race Touareg)
2010: BFGoodrich® victory with Carlos Sainz (Volkswagen Race Touareg)
2011: BFGoodrich® victory with Nasser Al-Attiyah (Volkswagen Race Touareg)
2012: BFGoodrich® victory with Stéphane Peterhansel (Mini Cooper)
2017: BFGoodrich® victory with Stéphane Peterhansel (Peugeot 3008 DKR)
2018: BFGoodrich® victory with Carlos Sainz (Peugeot 2008 DKR)
With 14 Dakar wins to its name, the American brand BFGoodrich® is this year’s official Dakar and supplier to the world’s most famous cross-country rally.
Crédits : ASO, World et DPPI