SVEN QUANDT: "THE MAIN ITEMS ARE TO GET THE ENGINE, DIFFS AND GEARBOX WARM"
X-Raid director Sven Quandt told about the preparation for the upcoming round of FIA World Cup - Baja "Russia - Northern Forest 2014".
RISE: Which are the major modifications in the MINIs for the Baja Russia?
SQ: The Baja Russia is obviously a very cold event in ice and snow so we have to change the mapping from the engine a bit but the main items are to get the engine, diffs and gearbox warm. It is not so easy as the temperatures vary quit a bit and if you run the MINI in conditions below -20 with wind it could get easily down to -35 and this is a big diffence. We will be in Russia some days earlier to test all the modifications and as well the special heating system which we build in the car for the drivers.
RISE: How do you prepare them for the winter conditions?
SQ: See above plus we close a lot of openings which are for ventilation and only for hot weather conditions.
RISE: Can you explain the main differences from the Dakar preparation and the "Snow" preparation?
SQ: See above . Special commercial winter diesel is needed, closing the ratiators partially , depending on the outside temperature and the wind, heating of the inside of the car must be improved , special defrost for the windscreen. Tents with heating to work on the car.
RISE: What kind of tires will use the MINI?
SQ: Michelin as usual but with studs as they are allowed in Russia
RISE: What do you expect from your drivers and from the race?
SQ: It will be difficult to predict but we hope that with the experience our drivers have in snow and cold conditions it should be possible to have a good result. But we know as well that our MINI's are not made for those conditions as we prepare them for hot and very hot conditions which is absolutely the opposite what is waiting for the cars in Russia. So we are happy if the cars run without major problems and finish. If it is a good result we have to say thanks to the drivers as they will make the difference.
"A challenge for those who go on. A dream for those who stay behind." This is how the founder of the Dakar Rally, Thierry Sabine, once described his inspiration for the most fascinating rally event on the international motorsport calendar. Since 1978, courageous drivers on motorcycles, quads, in cars and trucks have been demonstrating their ability as they make their way through the desert on the world's most infamous endurance rally.
Up to 2008, the event was held exclusively in Africa, and was initially known as the "Paris-Dakar Rally" due to the location of its start and finish. Over the course of time, the route and the start and finish locations have changed several times. In 1995 the rally started elsewhere other than Paris for the first time. "Paris-Dakar" became "Dakar". Then, in 2009, the unsettled political situation in some African countries saw the event moved to South America, where it has been held since – and has lost none of its original appeal.
All this makes the Dakar Rally a unique challenge for man and machine. Unlike rallies such as those in the World Rally Championship (WRC), this marathon rally does not take place on designated, blocked-off roads and routes, but on open, largely unmarked terrain. Each entrant must first and foremost rely on his/her driving skills.
The competitors must complete up to 800 kilometres per day – a nerve-wracking, two-week marathon, during which the organisers only allow the drivers one rest day. No wonder more than 50% of entrants retire from the Dakar Rally each year. Whatever happens, every day will be an exciting day once the Dakar Rally gets underway again in January 2014.
Date of birth: 11.08.1969
Hobbies: rallys, hunting, winemaking
Place of birth: Tver / RUS
Family status: married, 3 daughters and one son
Place of residence: St. Petersburg / RUS
10th place Dakar 2014 3rd place OiLibya Rally of Morocco 16th place Dakar - Best first time entrant 2nd place Silk Way Rally 1st place Russian Rally Raid Championship 2nd place Russian Rally Raid Championship 1st place Italian Baja 3rd place Baja Spain Italian Baja Silk Way Rallye - One stage win First Rally Raid participation
Date of birth: 19.05.1977
Hobbies: cross-country rally, alpine skiing, parachute, wakeboarding
Place of birth: Dnepropetrovsk / UKR Familienstand: married, 2 daughters
Place of residence: Dnepropetrovsk / UKR
10th place Dakar 2014 3rd place OiLibya Rally of Morocco 16th place Dakar - Best first time entrant 2nd place Silk Way Rally 1st place Russian Rally Raid Championship 2nd place Russian Rally Raid Championship 1st place Italian Baja 3rd place Baja Spain