2008 DKR shows its lines

The muscular, thoroughbred yet beastlike forms of the Peugeot 2008 DKR provide a vivid indication of the new car’s serious desire for success. It is behind the wheel of this purpose-designed machine that Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres will defend the colours of Team Peugeot Total on next January’s Dakar.

Three weeks after the exciting news that Peugeot, Red Bull and Total have decided to join forces to contest the 2015 Dakar, the car that will spearhead the team’s challenge has finally broken cover. The 2008 DKR shares an unmistakable family resemblance with Peugeot’s road-going crossover, albeit with more muscular forms and more imposing overall proportions that have been honed to meet the challenge that lays ahead. Its spectacular lines are the fruit of close cooperation between the experts at Peugeot’s Style Centre and their colleagues at Peugeot Sport’s Design Department, and the newcomer’s likeness with the production version is quite astonishing! Continue reading “2008 DKR shows its lines”

Al-Attiyah heads three-car Overdrive challenge for Sealine Cross-Country Rally

Belgian preparation company Overdrive Racing will run three Toyota Hiluxes in next week’s Sealine Cross-Country Rally, with Qatar’s Nasser Saleh Al-Attiyah piecing together a last-minute deal to run one of the South African-built cars on the third round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies.

Under the management of Jean-Marc Fortin, the Belgian team will run three cars on a cross-country event for the first time. Al-Attiyah and Spanish co-driver Lucas Cruz Senra will crew the first of the three Toyotas, with the Argentinean duo of Lucio Alvarez and Ronnie Graue taking their place in the second car and Qatar’s Faisal Al-Attiyah being joined by French co-driver Matthieu Baumel in the third entry. Continue reading “Al-Attiyah heads three-car Overdrive challenge for Sealine Cross-Country Rally”

Toyota readies for the 2012 Dakar Rally

Toyota Motorsport last week won the first 2012 Dakar Rally battle by meeting the South African Airways deadline for collection of the two Imperial Toyota Hilux double cab pickups that will contest the 8,300km 15-day marathon race in South America in January.

SAA will fly the precious cargo, together with four tons of spare parts and equipment, in one of its Airbus passenger jets to Buenos Aires in Argentina next week. The Dakar Rally starts in the Argentine resort city of Mar del Plata on January 1 and finishes in Peru’s capital Lima on 15 January. Continue reading “Toyota readies for the 2012 Dakar Rally”