he ultimate test of man and machine returns to South America in January with the Red Bull Desert Wings team set to be front and centre of the action once again. The 2018 Dakar Rally will break new ground as Peru is back on the map – after a five-year absence – to host three stages of the iconic event. As well as fresh challenges to be faced, there’s plenty of the potential pitfalls found in Bolivia and Argentina that have now become a legendary part of the Dakar experience. The 10,000 kilometre route from Lima to Córdoba, via La Paz, covers some of the most inhospitable terrain on the planet. Making life even more uncomfortable for competitors and their vehicles will be the scorching South American summer temperatures and nosebleed-inducing altitudes.