Red-Lined Motoring Adventure, the Nissan-supported race team which will be participating in the upcoming 2019 Dakar Rally, is all set to put their South African-built Dakar-Spec T1 Nissan Navaras to the ultimate test.
The team will have three cars on the start line with teams from Germany, Dubai and South Africa. While the German team will be made up of the father and son pairing of Jurgen and Max Schroeder, the Dubai team will consist of Thomas Edward Bell, the team owner and driver for Sabertooth Motoring Adventures in Dubai, together with his friend and navigator Patrick McMurren who will be the first team ever from the UAE to race in Dakar's T1 (the top) class.
Another team will consist of two Indian businessmen from South Africa, Shameer Variawa and navigator Zaheer Bodhanya, who together with Bell and McMurren will be making their debut in this event.
To date, Red-Lined has had six cars compete in Dakar in recent years, five of which have successfully finished the race. The team has competed in a total of 84 Dakar stages and finished an impressive 82 of these stages.
Red-Lined Motoring Adventure, which is also an official marketing partner with Nissan South Africa, focuses on building custom off-road race cars and trucks that are marketed and sold around the world. The 2019 Dakar Nissan entries are purpose-built T1 Dakar Navaras powered by a VK50 engine.
Red-Lined also provides Nissan with an experiential marketing platform that brings emotion and excitement to the Nissan brand through corporate events – in addition to the design, development and manufacturing of world-class custom Nissan vehicles.
On top of that, they also provide driver, navigational and technical training to their international customers who compete in World Cup and international events – and the Dakar.
"When we go to Dakar and other international races around the world, we go with our customers," said Terence Marsh, CEO of Red-Lined.
"As much as we build our T1 Nissan Navara race cars to compete on the international stage, we are a private organization and are by no means a factory team trying to take on the top teams."
Marsh says that Red-Lined customers are wealthy and influential businessmen with a sense of adventure. Red-Lined trains its customers and provides technical support as they compete on the world stage, sometimes punching above their collective weight.
"Our customers are in it for the journey, for the adventure and for the people they meet along the way," said Marsh. "The result is merely a by-product of the journey. Once customers get involved with Red-Lined, their spouses, children, friends and businesses all end up joining the Nissan family as they purchase Nissan vehicles for their personal and business use."