Robby Gordon, the HST Gordini, and the team are just a day away from the start of the 2015 Dakar rally. This is Robby’s 11th start of the grueling off-road race that stretches 5,661 miles across Argentina, Bolivia and Chile, and takes 14 days to complete.
The HST Gordini is a custom-built off-road racer that combines 11 years of Dakar experience as well as the learning from the stadium truck racing where Robby also competes. The race car is powered by a V8 engine that sends the power to the rear wheels. Most of the components on the car have been reworked to aid in cooling and to make the car even more reliable. It’s clear that experience helps, but the Dakar is the ultimate test of human and machine endurance. Anything can and will happen during the race.
The team’s shop is near Charlotte, NC, which gave the team a little extra time to prepare before shipping the car to Argentina. This team is going up against factory teams with as many as three racers. Team Peugeot is likely the team to beat. They bring a big budget and a wealth of Dakar racing talent.
We wish Robby a successful 2015 Dakar.
Watch this two-part series from NBC Sports, showing the Dakar preparation process.