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Jay Leno tests Dakar Rally-winning Mini of Nani Roma (VIDEO)

Mar 18, 2014, 3:29 PM EST

Since departing from NBC’s late night staple, The Tonight Show, Jay Leno has done his best to keep himself busy. As was expected by some, he’s devoted some of his time to projects surrounding his auto-centric website, Jay Leno’s Garage.

Last year, the entertainer took a few laps around Circuit of the Americas in a McLaren sportscar as part of a side-by-side comparison with one of the team’s Formula One machines.

Now, Leno’s released a new video of him testing the Mini that took Spanish racer Nani Roma to victory in this year’s Dakar Rally.

After Roma gives Leno a tour of his heavily modified Dakar machine, he takes him for a run through the dunes of Death Valley, California before letting him get behind the wheel.

You can check out the clip above to see how Leno fared.

  1. worknman24hours - Mar 18, 2014 at 9:20 PM

    Fun video to watch.

    Mini should take the footage and that amazing music and have the car jumping in the frame where you can’t really tell what kind of car it is.

    Have a text running under the footage, “Meet the Winner of the Umpteen Thousand Mile 2014 Dakar Rally” -dramatic pause….”.Yes, It’s a Mini” and have Nani ( we see him smiling through the drivers window as the car goes by) give the thumbs up as he rockets out of camera.

    Close credit ” Mini ” – ” First ”

    And show a selection of the multiple cars Mini now sells as the credits close.

    ( Always enjoy anything Jay gets himself into too – we get to live the unlimited car guys dream through his eyes – always cool to ride along. Thanks Jay!)

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