The Dakar Rally—widely regarded as the nastiest, gnarliest race on earth—is back and better than ever this year, and this epic new trailer proves it and then some. Running from January 3-16, this 5,600-mile marathon through the mountains and deserts of Argentina, Bolivia, and Chile is right around the corner, so give this one a watch before it blows by you in a cloud of dust.

Leave it to the French to invent an off-road machine that attacks rocks, hills, and other assorted craziness with all the tenacity of pouring a second glass of Chardonnay before bed. With that said, however, we have to admit that while we prefer our mud-slingers big, brash, and almost embarrassingly American, Swincar's Spider Electric 2 does look pretty wild. If you're looking something a little different, then this one is for you.