2013 Dakar - On 4 wheels

Discussion in 'Racing' started by Aquatic, Oct 25, 2012.

  1. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    You could be right about the Technosport thing... I just recalled that the Chinese leased Terrano based vehicle from an established European NISSAN team... Dessoude/Technosport = same/same pretty much... the "Great Wall" was not of the Chinese engineers work in any case.


    * Regards this... yes I agree, the chinese have proven they can copy anything... Reproducing the material is one thing... duplicating the expertise, management and running of the team is another. The "Mitsubishi" factory efforts (both Dakar and WRC) while very much authorized, funded and overseen by Japan HQ (much of the budget came from the marketing arm and outside sponsors via Japan)... the majority of the expertise, management, design/engineering and team personel/driver roster came out of Europe...

    That "Great Wall" can do this soley from a Chinese based operation... I would be VERY surprised... if so it is another five years away at best... not 2014. :1drink
  2. DruncleWill

    DruncleWill CRASH TESTED

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    Team Info : Robby Gordon will finally start well for the next Dakar will start in Lima, Peru, on 5 January. The American who had been excluded from the 2012 edition for violating the technical regulation, finally decided to reengage on the main event of the rally in the final minute. behind the wheel of his Hummer H3, bringing the number 315, Gordon hopefully come out and play the trouble makers among the favorites as Stéphane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz and Nasser Al-Atthiyah. His craft, which aroused much controversy as to its compliance for several years, has been controlled, the weekend by two commissioners of the event, within the American workshops, in Charlotte, North Carolina. H3 Gordon has been declared but will undergo a full re-inspection, audits during the traditional Dakar, held from January 2 to 4, in Lima.
    http://www.lequipe.fr/Rallye-raid/Actualites/Gordon-sera-au-depart/331469
  3. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    It had to happen... who else would they get to jump over the start ramp for the cameras and feature on the highlights reel otherwise? :1drink
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    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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  6. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    Now the question is, who will be his co-driver? And will there be a second Hummer?
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    Dread Pendragon Don't look back

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    If he was smart he'd replace the passenger/navigator seat with a side-car box and use you as his navigator!
  8. HogWild

    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    You mean like this?

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    I was on the list for the second hummer 2 years ago, . . . probably 10th out of 10 people. Hopefully I'm off the list now. I have more experience in an F5 F5 F5 car these days!
  9. fetid_swamp

    fetid_swamp Been here awhile

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    thats easy.
    it'd have to be pendejo & grider :twitch
  10. Aquatic

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    I like!! :clap:clap
    Mr consistancy, Giniel in the Toyota, is still the underdog and not even worth a mention!
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    From what I hear, it's someone with a very solid background in desert bike racing.
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    Brodovitch Team ⌘R

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    Jimmy Lewis?
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    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    Andy Grider ........
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    Dread Pendragon Don't look back

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    Kellon Walch


    From a Hogwild post way-back-when, here's Kellon on Jonah's bike:
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  16. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    RG changes to a new one every year...:1drink
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    Strong Bad n00balicious

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    NO! Andy & Robby have parted ways.

    Kellon should be the best guess. But like everyone else but Robby, you really don't know what he's going do until he does it.
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    HogWild Scott Whitney

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    We forgot Quinn Cody. He's too hurt to ride a bike, but maybe fit enough to co-drive!
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    Deadly99 Fast and Far

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    "The “rebel” will be flanked by his co-pilot in 2011, Kellon Walch"


    Is this the year Robby takes the top of the podium....I hope so :freaky
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    Charlotte, N.C. (December 4, 2012) – With no desert too large and no mountain too tall, the SPEED Energy HUMMER on victory proven Toyo Tires will once again attempt to conquer the world’s most famous off-road event. The custom-built Dakar HUMMER driven by Robby Gordon and navigator Kellon Walch will tackle more than 8000 Km / 4970 Mi from Peru through Argentina and ending in Santiago, Chile making it the ultimate off-road adventure; the 35th Annual Dakar Rally.


    Registration discussions between A.S.O and Team Gordon began back in the early summer months in preparation for the 2013 Dakar Rally, and on December 2 registration for the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI HUMMER became official. The A.S.O and the team agreed on a pre-check inspection of the Dakar HUMMER prior to being approved to race. Once the detailed inspection of the Dakar HUMMER and its air-inflation system by A.S.O. officials, the team was approved to officially race the 2013 Dakar Rally.


    “I am excited to go back to race the prestigious Dakar Rally and show the world that we are ready to give it our best shot once again at an overall victory. Obviously our cars are good enough to compete for the win. Last year we had the fastest cars at the rally and led the most check points with the fastest times, with five wins as a team, two wins with the second HUMMER (which was also approved and is available to compete) and three wins for myself. It is now time for us to go back and capitalize on what we developed and worked on over the last seven years to put ourselves in position to compete for the overall win. “


    For the first time in its history, the Dakar Rally will begin in Lima, Peru, sending upwards of 460 vehicles from 53 countries on a two-week, 14-stage endurance race through 3 Western South American countries, ultimately finishing in the Chilean capital of Santiago. This year’s Dakar will begin on January 5 and will travel on a new course featuring sections not seen to racing since the moving of the Dakar to South America in 2009, marking the most difficult course to date.


    Gordon will be joined in the cockpit by his navigator, Kellon Walch, who served as team navigator for B.J. Baldwin in 2010 and for Gordon in 2011. Walch looks to bring back the experience and chemistry gained as the team’s navigator in previous rally races along with the focus and drive needed to guide the vehicle through the challenging navigation obstacles that Gordon will face.


    The various aspects of Peru’s natural features will put a real test to the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires / MAPEI Dakar HUMMER in the early stages of the rally as Gordon will face gigantic dunes and rugged terrain requiring precise focus and skill to gain an early advantage. Entering Chile will set the stage for a fast pace duel through the desert before crossing the Andes Mountains into Argentina where record altitude and temperature will become a crucial factor for driver and navigator.


    After a much needed day of rest on the eighth day, the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires team will set out for the longest and most technical stage of the Rally navigating through the narrow twists and turns of the forest. The rapid assistance vehicles will not have access to this stage, requiring precise driving to be a must. Entering Chile for the final stages of the Rally will once again bring dunes into the equation, testing the driver’s fatigue and equipment to the finish in Santiago.


    Once reaching the Chilean capital, the small percent of the drivers who finish the 2013 Dakar Rally will partake in a short show course offering spectators and fans the chance to cheer on the new heroes who have successfully conquered the 2013 Dakar Rally. The following day the accomplishment of each of the drivers will be recognized with an elaborate ceremony planned on the Plaza de la Constituciόn.