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DAKAR Rally 2014 – TOTAL CHAOS Race Updates

by chaosfab on January 21, 2014

The DAKAR Rally 2014  race was held in South America and the 14 day adventure was comprised of 13 competition stages and 1 rest day from January 5th thru January 18th. It was a marathon off road race that attempted to cover over 9,000km of epic terrain through Argentina, Bolivia & Chile. 8 TOTAL CHAOS  suspension equipped vehicles were slated to cover over 5,800 off road miles of grueling sand dunes, rocks, mud and treacherous mountain passes.

TOTAL CHAOS has used the DAKAR as a proving ground for our bolt on Toyota IFS suspension products and related accessories since 2005. This year, 4 out of the 8 TC listed competitors that entered the rally were equipped with the newly released TC 86002-R chromoly race series 2” long travel kit.

As fate would have it not every TOTAL CHAOS competitor finished the DAKAR, nor did the high profile American athletes that were in the hunt and expected to win competition stages! The DAKAR is brutal on man, machine and crew. The vehicle and its support crew are punished daily and expected to continue on to the next stage. Even the highest quality and most well engineered equipment can suffer in the DAKAR and not see the final stages checkered flag.

4 of the 8 TOTAL CHAOS competitors would not complete the rally due to some other vehicle related problem. However TOTAL CHAOS would like to recognize the teams and salute the 4 racers and their support crews that did finish in class T1.1 in the 2014 DAKAR Rally:

Car#408  Rodrigo Javier Moreno Piazzoli- Chile:  11th T1.1  / 29th Overall  http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2014/us/rider/408.html    -86002 Kit with King Shocks/Black/Yellow FJ Cruiser

Car#358  Marco Bulacia- Bolivia:   12th T1.1 /  30th Overall  http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2014/us/rider/358.html    -86002-R kit with King Shocks/White Hilux body on FJ Chassis

Car#427  Luis Barbery- Bolivia:   19th T1.1  /  53rd Overall   http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2014/us/rider/427.html    -86002-R kit with King Shocks/Red/White/Blue FJ

Car#409  Antanas Juknevicius- Lithuania:    21st T1.1 /  56th Overall  http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2014/us/rider/409.html   -86002 Kit with Radflo Shocks/Silver FJ (Mebar built)

TC non-finishers:

Car#411 –  Alvaro Chicharro:  Withdrawn in Stage 9, blown differential  http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2014/us/rider/411.html   -86002R kit with King Shocks/Blue Hilux on FJ Chassis

Car#369 – Luis Eguiguren- Chile:  Hit by truck in stage 3, withdrawn with broken transmission   http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2014/us/rider/369.html   -86002R with King Shocks/Blue Hilux on FJ Chassis

Car#377 –  Miguel Bulacia- Bolivia:  Withdrawn in Stage 3 for unknown reasons  http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2014/us/rider/377.html   -86002 with King Shocks/White FJ Cruiser

Car#453 –  Philippe Kreisberger- France: Withdrawn in stage 1, accident with non-race vehicle on highway  http://www.dakar.com/dakar/2014/us/rider/453.html   -86004 with Fox Shocks/White/Yellow/Black Prado 120 (Can-am logo)