The beginning of the famous Dakar Rally is mere days away and defending champion Volkswagen has released a new iPhone application to keep fans up to date on the team's latest happenings.

Launching today under the title, "Volkswagen Rally Mobile - 2010 Dakar", the application provides a bevy of background info, video summaries, sound bites, and photo galleries.

Live updates -- mostly covering the five factory-prepped Race Touaregs -- will happen during the rally which is set to begin on January 2 and last until the 16. This year, the Dakar runs in South America through mostly Argentina and Chile.

Check back for more Dakar results and news.

Source: Volkswagen