Originally Posted by 5 speed
TROY, your comments:
'Then these US-style 2WD super offroaders - like those the three above mentioned US teams will bring to the dakar this year; may represent the future. Couple with that things like the bugglies, the ex-RG Hummers (although they won't be there in 2014) and the SMG cars (like Sainz will run in 2014, and Chicherit showed paced in 2013 with)... then the 2WD tide looks to be catching up on the 4WD's... who are still limited by the production based homologated engine, and limited wheel travel regulations.'
These are right on. If you recall one of the interviews with RG he said he regretted letting Al Attyiah drive the Hummer because it gave him the idea and preview of the next format, powerful, low and smaller overall dimensions than the Hummer. He showed up with the bugly (in very ugly brown) Apparently that is all playing out.......
and then, up pops this article;
Information that came to us from Europe indicate that it is almost a given that Peugeot will return to Dakar in 2015, with 208 buggy type by Sebastien Loeb and Stephane Peterhansel ... ! . As soon as he got on the real soundboard is twitter (@ v8delgado ) , appeared this sketch , although not confirmed , much more about the time of definition . Details.
After the success of Pikes Peak, Silhouette 208, also serve for a new assault on the Dakar 2015 Peugeot?
After leaving the World Endurance Championship , Peugeot were not many roads you travel at a sporting level , a subject that has always been among the priorities of the French brand.
The F1, where he learned to venture into the 90s, he proposed expenditures as important as those contain tried withdrawing from the WEC.
Nor seduced him the idea to engage in a fratricidal struggle with Citroen in the World Rally and much less face in the WTCC , where the latter also participate in 2014
To do something in different versions of GT , the brand did not have a line silhouette , as the top brand model , the RCZ was not up to the circumstances in which specialties abound , from Aston Martin Vantage up Ferrari 458 and Porsche 911 RSR , past Audi R8 , Mercedes SLS GT , Corvette , McLaren MP4- 12C , etc .
I have heard mumblings that Citröen (and now Pugeot) have considered coming back to Dakar... the name Loeb has been connected to these (but he has been rumored of late to be making an entrance into everything from F1 speedboats to the NASA space program... is there anything this guy can't do?
The recent technical "massaging" of the FIA T1 tech regs, certainly make it seem like a 2WD "super offroader" platform, with a silhouette of a (somewhat) production model, may well be of interest to several manufacturers...? as opposed to the technical complexity and expense of developing homologation based T1 4WD's like the current MINI, the V8 TOYOTA Hilux and VW touregs of the recent past.
The original patron -JL Schlesser and heir apparent RG... pioneers
of the "new age" 2WD DAKAR Auto category. "Viva la V8... death to the sadev 4WD's"
Who'd a thunk it?
more to the point. will it happen?