For the first time in 37 years of the legendary Dakar Desert Rally, a fully electric car will also compete among cars, trucks, motorcycles and quadricycles. Albert Bosch, who has already participated in the Dakar Rally with both an engine (in 1999) and a car (2001), is returning to the desert dunes this year. But this time behind the wheel of a fully electric buggy. “Dakar and I are old acquaintances, but now I would like to prove that motorsport and caring for the environment are not necessarily mutually exclusive,” said Bosch, for whom the car will be prepared by the Spanish company Acciona. The four battery packs will allow Bosch to drive 250 to 300 kilometers, and the organizers have also adapted the rules to help it. Albert will be allowed to call a few more mechanics at the stations where the motorcyclists will refuel.
Our ski champion Tina Maze will give her love of speed a boost even during the summer, as she will be behind the wheel of a racing buggy with the help of the Austrian Red Bull. Črnjanka plans to take part in all five parallel relicross races this year, and will drive a brutal 320 buggy with a 2,2-liter turbo engine that develops around 320 horsepower. The purchase of the buggy, which is said to be worth around 15.000 euros, was partly financed out of his own pocket, and part of the money was contributed by sponsors, most notably the main sponsor, Austrian energy drink maker Red Bull, who also suggested a relic cross. “Speed makes me happy from a young age,” Maze said. “I’ve had it in my blood ever since I know for myself, and racing is my quiet passion and after a great winter season, I decided to test