Originally Posted by troy safari carpente
That was the intel that I was working from also - thanks Druncle
- fact is that the "Great Wall" Dakar efforts (since three years before) have always been achieved by putting their logo and colour scheme on other - existing - teams machinery and call them "Great Wall" something or others; they then run using logistics provided by that team. So it is hardly a "factory" effort... more like rent a racer. It will be interesting to see what they build/prepare of their own for 2014...?
(Before the X-Raid BMW based vehicles were purchase, they ran with re-liveried Dessoude NISSAN).
It is a little reminiscent of the the JinCheng (also chinese team) in the moto category...which have used a number of different other manufacturer bikes (extensively modified with a decal kit of their own design
) as a platform for their DAKAR racing plans.
That's true what you've written. Only IIRC those first Great Walls were not Dessoude but Italian Tecnosport Nissan cars, but that doesn't make a change. I believe the Chinese are planning to take Dakar seriously, these first years are all about looking for the shortcut to the top. And as they can make a copy of anything and everything, soon we can see an all-Chinese Dakar racer with European heritage. With a bit of exaggeration Great Wall could be new Mitsubishi