aris Dakar Rally Route - 1986 Jan de Rooy
DAF was one of the first truck manufactures to introduce turbocharged
diesel engines. During the 1980's, rivalry between DAF and
Mercedes-Benz led to vehicles with twin engines driving separate axels
with more than 1000 hp. The result would be three DAF win in the
category over 10 tonnes GVM.
DAF 1983 FAV
3300 DKX2 - DAKAR The Bull - DAKAR
Jan de Rooy - DAF Double Cab - Dakar
In 1985 DAF built a truck that could travel in
either direction, should one side be damaged.
DAF 95 Turbotwin X1
and X2 - Reputedly the most
racing truck of all time!
In 1982, 1985 and 1987, DAF DAF 'Team de Rooy' won the Truck Dakar
Rally. In 1988 they literally launched the two most daring - badass
racing trucks of all time, the DAF 95 Turbo Twin X1 and X2. Each truck
was powered by two 11.6 litre diesel engines and each engine fuelled by three turbochargers.
Each truck produced 2400 horse power, or 1765
eleven ton trucks flew past motor bikes in the desert and were
faster than the Porsches and Peugeots - reaching speeds of over 240
kilometres an hour (150 mph).
DAF 95 X2 destroyed - Dakar Rally 1988
The Dakar Rally is notorious for fatal accidents. It has
seen more road kills then events. In thirty four years of rally (2012),
sixty people have been killed, twenty five competitors and thirty five
spectators. Tragedy stuck at the 1988 race when DAF X2 went
airborne at 180 km/h and somersaulted several times. Navigator/engineer
Kees van Loevezijn was killed instantly. Driver Theo van de Rijt was
airlifted to the Netherlands where he eventually recovered. DAF and the
team pulled out of the rally and DAF itself terminated motorsport
activates. In the same year, three Africans were
killed by vehicles involved in the race.
Jan de Rooy at 66 - Winner of the Africa ECO Race
(to Dakar) in 2009 - Retired
Jan de Rooy and DAF only returned to the Dakar Rally in 2002. Jan's son
Gérard de Rooy raced with his father. In 2006 the pair were excluded
from the race over 'paperwork' issues. Team de Rooy entered and won the
'Africa Eco Race' from Marseille to Dakar in 2009,
where upon Jan de Rooy retired. In 2012, Gérard de Rooy won the
DAKAR truck class, held for the fourth year in South America.