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Old 08-05-2014, 02:19 AM   #4561
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Trophy light turned into "Dakar light'? Truggly? Actualy I dont think it looks that bad. But then I've hit my head a few times .
John... as I understand it; the 2014 Dakar cars of BJ (pictured above) and Chicherit - ran by Eric Viggorou's team this year... were re-bodied evolutions of the JEFFRIES team buggies that campaigned in Red Bull colours at the 2013 Dakar for Carlos and Nasser.

Viggo aquired the Jeffries vehicles after a long history himself with running 2WD Chevy pro-truck based entries at Dakar since the early 2000's.

The "pick up" bodies are "mini-trophy truck-esque" in appearance... but they hace CV joint/independant rear/transaxle end, with engine out the back... not a front engine/solid rear axle configuration, like in most contemporary TT's.

The "golf cart" name came from one of the early test photo's last year - when the bodywork was all white... once they were painted, wrapped and had decals on... they looked much more purposeful!
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:53 PM   #4562
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Old 08-05-2014, 01:00 PM   #4563
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Old 08-05-2014, 08:48 PM   #4564
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Sounds like a pug too!!
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Old 08-05-2014, 09:59 PM   #4565
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Amazing how quiet the diesels are, compared to Robby's raging petrol machine.
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:42 PM   #4566
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:10 AM   #4567
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Hey Pete... which of the UTV/SXS team's is that...?
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Old 08-06-2014, 12:46 AM   #4568
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That facebook diesel certainly is one stealthy/silent unit... a reasonably good turn of speed also it seems...

Probably pretty hard to determine from just one fuzzy/half focussed,16 second flyby telephone/camera clip on social media... but to this casual observer; the PUG looks like it is running a considerably lower ride height (static suspension sag) than was depicted in previous PR foto's / test shots...? It appears to be closer to ground/wheels are riding within in the wheel arches, that those first "on tippy toes" videos shown a few weeks back...
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Old 08-06-2014, 03:23 AM   #4569
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Peugeot Resurgence?

Not sure what others are seeing internationally, but in Australia there seems to be stable growth and promotion of the Peugeot brand.

In the past 6 to 12 months there seems to be more dealerships opening up, in conjunction with major sponsorship's of football teams etc.

Are others seeing this also?
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Old 08-06-2014, 06:56 AM   #4570
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Peugeot and football players are a like , don't like the rain cause the fall over and brake down alot .
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Old 08-06-2014, 08:01 AM   #4571
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Peugeot Resurgence?

Not sure what others are seeing internationally, but in Australia there seems to be stable growth and promotion of the Peugeot brand.

In the past 6 to 12 months there seems to be more dealerships opening up, in conjunction with major sponsorship's of football teams etc.

Are others seeing this also?
Here in Swednavia I see a good number of Pewjoes on the roads in the last - say - five to ten years. Significantly more than previously, and I have to admit, a number of them are quite tidy, good looking vehicles to boot...

I think from the sporting perspective, the "new" Peugeot image got a jump start/boost from the WRC success with the 206 back in the early 2000's with Markus Gröholm at the wheel...

Maybe with the growth/importance of the SUV domestic vehicle market today, the Pug brass see a DAKAR campaign with the Frogglie, as a second wave revival via motorsport exposure?
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Old 08-06-2014, 08:27 AM   #4572
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Marketing maybe. To succeed they 1st need to finish

Personally I'd like to see them finish provided its on its own merits and not corporate persuasion nor nationalism.
There have been so many notable attempts that to date have been unsuccessful and at the other end of the spectrum massively resourced juggernauts

Cyril's magic didn't help Yamaha. I look forward to seeing this teams reveal
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Old 08-06-2014, 09:06 AM   #4573
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Marketing maybe. To succeed they 1st need to finish

Personally I'd like to see them finish provided its on its own merits and not corporate persuasion nor nationalism.
There have been so many notable attempts that to date have been unsuccessful and at the other end of the spectrum massively resourced juggernauts

Cyril's magic didn't help Yamaha. I look forward to seeing this teams reveal
You would hope that they have enough Dakar winners on their team to hopefully be going in the right direction and with factory ressources behind them you'd think they could make something happen.

As far as Yamaha and Despres, just read in a magazine that apparently Despres was somewhat disappointed by the lack of yamaha factory support behind the Dakar effort, and with that and Peugeot offer, I guess it was an easy decision for him...
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Old 08-06-2014, 09:07 AM   #4574
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other interesting article about the 2008 DKR source

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A bold technical gamble: Meet the Peugeot 2008 DKR
After grabbing public attention with the stunning new 2008 DKR, Team Peugeot-Total has finally lifted the lid on the inner workings of this muscular beast, which will take on the 4x4 brigade on the 2015 Dakar with just two driven wheels.
Dunes, mountains, dry river beds, canyons, furnace-like temperatures, salt deserts, rough terrain, fesh-fesh sand… These are just some of the joys that await the 2008 DKR on the next Dakar Rally. To tackle this tremendous challenge, Team Peugeot-Total has followed a very daring technical path: “Much like we did at the Le Mans 24 Hours by electing to run a closed-cockpit car, we decided to adopt an innovative concept,” reveals Peugeot Sport Director Bruno Famin. “When it comes to cross-country rallying, the biggest question is whether to run with four-wheel-drive or just two. After a detailed study of the question, we decided to go for two-wheel drive transmission which presents a number of interesting benefits.” This bold decision will enable the team to try to become the first to win the Dakar with two-wheel drive & diesel engine.
In order to balance out the chances of the different solutions, the rules in effect compensate the inherent advantage of 4x4 vehicles by allowing two-wheel-drive machinery to benefit from certain advantages. Technical project manager Jean-Christophe Pallier summarises them: “In motorsport, weight is counter to performance. However, in the case of cross-country rallying, two-wheel drive cars are allowed to be significantly lighter than 4x4s. They are also entitled to use bigger wheels which provide them with a certain advantage when it comes to coping with the many pitfalls associated with this type of terrain. On top of that, they allow us to minimise the front overhang. The 2008 DKR can practically climb vertical walls! And that’s not all! Longer suspension travel – 460mm instead of 250mm – enhances its ability over dunes and when soaking up uneven ground. That’s a key asset on an event like the Dakar!” Another advantage of the larger wheel size is a system that enables the tyre pressures to be adjusted remotely from inside the cockpit upon entering a zone of dunes – a tactic that could yield a gain of precious minutes!
In order to exploit these benefits fully, Peugeot Sport’s engineers put their creativity to the test to come up with an extremely compact car. With its 340bhp, V6 twin-turbo diesel mid-rear engine, the 2008 DKR resembles a muscular feline ready to pounce and soak up obstacles. “Fitting all of the vital assemblies into such a small space gave us quite a headache!” admits Pallier. “Small cars tend to perform more comfortably over twisty WRC-type stages, so this arrangement increases the potential of two-wheel drive cars in situations where the 4x4s tend to have the edge.”
Beyond the conviction – expressed by Red Bull for the last two years – that two-wheel-drive vehicles possess attractive qualities that shine through even across the most inhospitable of terrains, this technical approach also makes sense for the French manufacturer, as Bruno Famin explains: “Given that the production 2008 is a two-wheel-drive crossover equipped with Grip Control technology – which
enables it to go just about anywhere – it is only right that the 2008 DKR derivative should similarly take on the challenges of the Dakar with just two-wheel-drive.” So all that now remains is to let it off the leash!
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Old 08-06-2014, 09:43 AM   #4575
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It sure is quiet in the motorcycle arena this year compared to last. On the other hand, all the new bikes and teams ultimately ended in chaos. Maybe with things settling down a bit we may see more racing and less drama.
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