Learn about BFGoodrich’s Dakar Rally History

Since 1993, BFGoodrich® has won the Dakar 17 times with five different car manufacturers, namely Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, Mini, Peugeot and Toyota.

Live the Dakar adventure again with BFGoodrich!

Dakar Dominance Continues in 2021

Most research laboratories are clean, but not ours. We prefer the dust, dirt and extreme conditions motorsport events like the Dakar Rally provide. That’s what truly inspires the innovations contained in our tyres.  And that’s why BFGoodrich® Tires has been appointed the Dakar Rally’s official tyre supplier.

With more than 45 years of motorsport experience under its belt, and with 17 Dakar wins to its name, BFGoodrich® is aiming for more wins at the world famous cross-country rally in 2023.

Come and join us on the Dakar trail!

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  • BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KDR2+

The BFGoodrich® All Terrain T/A KDR2+’s tread pattern was carefully conceived with emphasis on its ability to clear sand when driving over dunes. To achieve this, the design is uniquely open, most notably along the shoulders. This allows the tire to generate greater traction, while limiting the risk of getting stuck on softer or looser ground. The BFGoodrich® All Terrain T/A KDR2+ will be available in a choice of two compounds (soft and medium) and two sizes:

16 inches (245/80-16), for all-wheel drive vehicles

17 inches (37/12.5-17), for two-wheel-drive buggies.

  • BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3

The Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 is available to the general public. It was developed – like all BFGoodrich® Tires – with the benefit of experience acquired in the field. At home on sand and mud alike, and designed to both scale the steepest slopes and cope effectively with dunes, its combination makes it the perfect companion for amateur competitors.

  • BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain T/A KM3 SSV

This version of the BFGoodrich® KM3 is designed for recreational and competitive Side by Side use. After being successfully put through its paces on a variety of cross-country rallies, the BFGoodrich® KM3 SSV is the tire of choice for numerous participants on the 2022 Dakar Rally, while also being available for purchase. This means users of these new BFGoodrich® products can enjoy the full benefit of the brand’s latest technologies, while running on the same tires as Dakar competitors when they venture off-road.

“A high performance off-road competition tyre meets 3 main criteria. It must be:

Resistant: a competition tyre must be extremely resistant. It must be resistant to shocks, punctures and must allow the driver to overcome obstacles as easily as possible.

Fast: The tyre must also allow the driver to be fast, which requires us to work on a high-performance grip that grips the terrain well but does not slow down the racer.

Adapted to the terrain: Finally, it must be perfectly adapted to the particularities of the competition terrain"

Betrand, BFGoodrich Tyre Designer

Tyres of the Dakar presented by BFGoodrich - Teaser - #Dakar2022

BFGoodrich® Tires is once again an official supplier to the Dakar in 2023, an eloquent illustration of the American brand’s unrelenting commitment.

From the start to the finish of the 44th Dakar, BFGoodrich®’s technicians will be on hand to analyse the tyres of the brand’s partner teams and advise on how to maximize their potential.

BFGoodrich®’s status as official supplier to the world’s second-biggest motorsport event mirrors its acclaimed expertise and the dominant position it enjoys in the all-terrain tyre market.

As official supplier to the 2023 Dakar, BFGoodrich® will offer all competitors a comprehensive range of services thanks to the BFGoodrich® Dakar Service Center which will operate daily from 3pm to 11pm. The BFGoodrich® Dakar Service Center is dismantled once the evening’s work has been completed, allowing BFGoodrich®’s staff to drive through the night to the next day’s bivouac.

The BFGoodrich® Dakar Service Center: a premium service at overnight halts for all competitors

BFGoodrich® will also provide a tyre fitting and removal service at the event’s overnight bivouacs at the Dakar Service Center. The facility comprises a truck workshop manned by around 13 experienced fitters and it is estimated that some 3,200 fitting/removal operations will be carried out in the course of the rally (cars & bikes) thanks to the 5 workshops :

  • Welcome workshop
  • Bar turning workshop
  • Assembly/disassembly workshop
  • Inflation workshop
  • Tyre arrival/departure area

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