Dakar 2014 - On 4 wheels (autos & SXS)

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  1. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    ^^^ For the purposes of those articles, they've just photoshopped a slightly edited version of the Pugeot 208 Silhouette that Loeb ran (and won) Pikes Peak with this year - and pasted it on some SMG/Buggy style running gear.

    Now while I am sure the (if eventuates) the brains from pugeot/Citröen would come up with something a fair bit more refined than just so... but for illustration purposes... it makes an intersting statement.

    The fact that Peterhansel is quoted (in the Autosport article) as NOT being involved with the rumoured Pugeot effort doesn't surprise me too much.

    BUT the fact that he HAS stated he will be with X-Raid into 2015, indicates to me that the Trebur team already have designs/plans on what the next evolution of the MINI (or whatever they decide to run from the parent company stable) is already well under way... :evil

    Because with the shift in the FIA T1 regulations... I cannot see that the MINI will maintain it's technical edge much past the 2014 Dakar - if this new generation of "2WD superoffroaders" takes a foothold. Remember when Chicherit/turned to chit) debuted the MINI at dakar a few years ago (in a fanfare test/race effort... while the rest of the team ran the proven X3CC's...?

    Wonder when we will see the "new" X-Raid T1.... maybe the first FIA CCR after dakar? :wink::ear
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  3. izom

    izom Been here awhile

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    ..oh yes- a lot of crazy 2wd machines- hope theire gonna kick ass!!

    GO ROBBY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!:clap:D

    ps: i think he wouldnt have sold the "hummer" if he wouldnt get something better....!?
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    that link just sucked up an hour of my life!
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  5. troy safari carpente

    troy safari carpente Team f5oolery

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    Better get yourself a decompression tank for x-mas then... january is gonna' pop your eardrums! :D:lol3
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    That there is some f5ucking f5unny shit!!! :lol3:lol3

    Damn near choked on a cup of tea and pissed myself laughing at the same time.:poser:poser

    I'm starting to bank sleep now and reschedule work commitments in the hope that I can go the distance of a combination of late nights in front of the keyboard and sleep deprivation.

    It hasn't even started yet and I'll be glad when it's over.:lol3
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  7. Uller

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    Toyota Overdrive Racing

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    Ummm I've not seen anyone post this & the Gaggle search didn't show shyte

    Who the Fcuk is airing '14 Dakar in the USA??:ear:ear:ear
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  9. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    Yup. Watch this space for the coverage.

    The eurosport feeds don't work any more, hopefully somebody will come up with the new ones. France4 still works, their coverage was really good last year.
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  11. wrk2surf

    wrk2surf on the gas or brakes

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    sorry if 205 but Im not sure if I saw this one ..

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    Just checked, and it turns out that the coding for France4 doesn't work any more. Checked during Merzouga, but now, phucke. :baldy
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  13. troy safari carpente

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    I am as excited to see the new generation of T1 2WD's take it to the established 4WD T1 platforms of the x-raid MINI's and the overdrive TOYOTA Hilux's... but if - what you mean by - "better for the sport" is an influx of silhouette fibreglass and carbon fibre panels flopped over tube framed buggies... then yeah - you are spot on. It could well make the category more affordable and more competitive (more teams financially able and prepared to build cars/run team effort)... BUT the vehicles will have (even less than they do today) with the production version vehicles in the marketplace.

    That leaves (of course) the production T2 category for the manufacturers to showcase their production vehicles in competition, but as history shows, there is not the same amount of manufacturer intertest to compete for 30th place in the General classification*... OUTRIGHT is where the publicity dollar is.

    So, while I understand the enthusiasm, the latest evolution seems to indicate that T1 could soon be "NASCAR" of the desert.

    *Mitsubishi, Nissan, Toyota, Mercedes, ISUZU and a number of other factories have in the past fronted with considerably large efforts to compete for the Production class (T2) title at Dakar... but in maost cases it just doesn't garner the same headlines as the scratch win.

    No mod magic that I am aware of (but I dunno what half the buttons do anyway? :lol3)


    Giniel is my moral favourite (and Darkhorse favourite tip) this year to take the #1 bedouin head home. It would be fitting reward for his own and TOYOTA's input these last three seasons if they were to take the title... before the next technical evolution sweeps into effect. I get the feeling that the TOYOTA and MINI may well become dinosaurs by january 2015... :shog
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  14. Strong Bad

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    JLS was winning ASO's Dakar years ago in an American built buggy he called a "Schlesser".

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  15. Aquatic

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  16. Aquatic

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    That he is!

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    Sometimes possibly too nice. Maybe a little more aggression and he would have had win or 2 more
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    c.vestal Rally On

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    Do not forget BJ and Quinn as navigator will be down there too. Anyone know what class they will be in?
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  18. too old

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    Still looks like an Evoque on steroids, but don't think he had any input from Victoria Beckham :lol3

    As has been pointed out, I wonder if Renault will intervene, or maybe he has already paid a royalty :lol3

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  19. Tau Anvil

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    Giniel is a super nice focused bloke. He trains hard and is a great ambassador for our sport and any motorsport. Oh and the fact that He drives for Imperial who our company is a part of is also cool :D.
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  20. troy safari carpente

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    Note the conveniently placed ad banner on the bottom of the photo... keeping the rear suspension configuration a secret until the very last... :wink: