that is a car from the Safari rally that was run in Africa.
safar was unique in that it was run on open roads with traffic during the rally. they had spotting helicopters for each car. safari ran in some crazy tough conditions. it was not uncommon for a large protion of the field to DNF.
the lights up high were to make the car more visible to pedestirans and oncoming trafic in the dust.
it was part of the WRC season. one of the more loved/hated events. many stages would often be delayed due to weather because the choppers couldnt fly and the drivers wouldnt go without them.