I wasn't either until I had come across the above trailer for the movie, Dream Racer.
The Dakar Rally is an annual extreme terrain rally put together by the Amaury Sport Organisation.
Essentially, The Dakar (as it's also known) is an off-road endurance event. A race that allows various off-road vehicles to compete in a race 10,000 kilometers across deserts/dunes, mud, rocks, camel grass and more.
The race is grueling and not for the faint of heart. Many vehicles do not cross the finish line.
Dream Racer tells the inspiring true story of French Australian Business Consultant Christophe Barriere-Varju. Christophe defies all odds as he attempts to take on the world's most dangerous motor race, the Dakar Rally, on a motorbike.