Dakar History

Aiming for excellence through the hardest rally ever.

​​​​Paris-Dakar history started in 1977 but the 1980's edition was marked by a major first: the inclusion of trucks.

In 1982, IVECO joined the Dakar adventure, starting a long journey full of great results and unforgettable moments. This great experience, focused on private team that had always chosen IVECO as a technical partner, leading through to the South American Edition of 2011 when IVECO raced as an Official constructor team.

In the unforgettable Dakar 2012, IVECO nailed the most important result with Gerard De Rooy and his team, ranking the 1st, the 2nd and 6th place in the overall classification.

A feat that will remain set in the memory of rally-raid fans, a race dominated from the first to the last stage by the technology and reliability of IVECO trucks.
In 2013 the team got back to South America, reaching good results despite a lot of bad luck during the most important stages.

The 2014 Edition was the longest and hardest ever.
Gerard DeRooy stood out for having come in second place after stopping to help a competitor in trouble and thus handing the podium to Karginov in a last-second victory. This year the Petronas De Rooy Iveco team has worked to make up for last year and is ready to face the 13 stages between Argentina, Bolivia and Chile.

The loop route of the Dakar in 2015 put a strain on the vehicles for 9.000 km on the toughest terrains in the world and ended with no little satisfaction for IVECO.
Hans Stacey won four stages, including 3 in a row, while Gerard De Rooy has reached the podium on several occasions.

During the Dakar 2016, the world’s toughest rally, 3 IVECO in the top 5 Gérard de Rooy, the leader of the Petronas De Rooy IVECO team, was the overall winner.


Click below to relive the emotions of 2016 IVECO winning edition