Severe Dakar test for VW's bakkie

The final endurance testing hurdle for VW’s Amarok bakkie will be in a logistical support role during next year’s Dakar rally.

Set to run in South America for the second consecutive year, VW has announced it will supply 35 Amaroks to service various requirements during the Dakar event.

Of the 35 vehicles, 15 will serve as shuttles between the stages.

The remaining 20 will enrol as dedicated support vehicles for the VW racing team, which, in case you’ve been on Marion Island for the last year without an internet connection, is the team our boy, Giniel, races for.

The close proximity of Amarok’s production facility in Pancheco, Argentina, will ensure any production or design relevant data collected during the punishing three week event can seamlessly be translated back to the Amarok’s research and development regime.

If Giniel wins again - and we certainly hope for nothing less - there might even be a De Villiers Amarok or Toureag limited edition in the offering…

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