Unspoilt villages, ultra-modern towns and cities, endless desert sands: Saudi Arabia is a land of contrasts. This was the location for the 42nd edition of the Dakar Rally, which in previous years was still staged in South America. A total of 342 vehicles, including trucks, motorbikes, quad bikes, UTVs and cars, were at the start of the desert race. Eleven of a total of 46 truck teams relied on MAN trucks to survive the world's toughest rally. Several other MAN all-wheel drive trucks were used to transport equipment and as broom vehicles. A MAN workshop service was also always on hand, because the challenges were considerable not only for the drivers but also for the material. In the T4.3 Rapid Assistance Trucks class, the French team SSP drove to victory in a MAN TGA 4x4.