there are just 10 days to start the Dakar Rally 2017. One of the toughest tests in the world, which this year will pass through Paraguay, Bolivia and northern Argentina. There are two spaniards who know well and who are ready to give it all on south american soil. We talk about Carlos Sainz and Lucas Cruz, who will participate in this proof of the hand of the team Peugeot Total and the commanders of the Peugeot 3008 DKR.
it will Not be easy, since they have as team-mates riders of the caliber of Stephane Peterhansel, Cyril Despres and Sébastien Loeb. 316 participants of this Dakar (83 cars) also highlights the presence of Nasser Al-Attiyah and Nani Roma with the Toyota Hilux Evo. We were able to speak with Sainz and Cruz and have told us their last impressions before heading to Asuncion (Paraguay) to begin the adventure.
Both come with tempers intact despite the problems they had in the last edition. Carlos emphasizes that he has been working on the two weak points of the car: its reliability and the suspension. One of the things that concerns them is the reduction of the size of the flange of the intake of the turbo. By regulations passed from 39 to 38 millimeters and limits the power output to 340 HP, a difference of 70-80 HP compared to Toyota which has a flange 3 millimeters bigger.
Although it is one of the veterans, Carlos Sainz has no intention of leaving him. Claims that enjoy with the Dakar, and that’s going to go all out. Carlos wants to win, a second or third place in his list of achievements would no longer have as much importance, after having won it previously. He also spoke of his family situation and as your child, Carlos Sainz Jr, is also involved and gives you tips.
As you know, Marc Coma has been in charge of designing the route for the Dakar 2017, and as he himself says, that “will be the toughest ever held in South america.” The spaniards say that have been prepared for the worst and who do not know what awaits them, because until the day before the stage do not know the information of the same. Carlos, for example, has been working hypoxia to simulate the altitude at which they will face.
Another theme that emerged was navigation. The Dakar is a rally in which the airbag can make you win or lose and Lucas Cruz has also been working to be the best GPS. He says that the navigation be more difficult waypoints hidden and that there will be doubts when you don’t know by what side validation. The next, January 2, will start in the Assumption this Dakar 2017 and we will be able to see as do the spaniards in their 13 stages.
Source – Peugeot