The Dakar is one of the toughest tests for the riders, but also for the vehicles and each of its components. The tyres must withstand all kinds of demands and difficulties throughout the 13 stages of this raid. For this reason, Michelin has introduced a full range of tyres suited to different types of vehicles that compete in the test. The French firm leads to South america a total of five compounds, with three specifications for that category of cars, one for the category of trucks and another for motorcycles.
Starting for the cars, Michelin presents the novel compound D16. This tire is developed with special care to adapt to the requirements of the Peugeot team Sport and its revamped Peugeot 2008 DRK16. Being a vehicle of front-wheel drive, the car Peterhansel, Sainz, Loeb, Despres -and also Dumas – requires some special features. The compound has been revised and has been achieved a morphology more light, with a new drawing. According to Michelin, thanks to these changes and has managed to improve the grip of a vehicle which can be considered peculiar in the management of the tire.
The Michelin Latitude C is for 4×4, such as the Mini All4 Racing X-Raid. Is one tire more widespread and used, not only for the computer reference, but rather by the structures called to be the true competition of the Mini as are the Toyota Hilux, Renault Duster or some of the Ford Ranger. Also are the choice for many private teams. Michelin has improved the performance of the Latitude C, offering a great traction on sandy terrain and a more remarkable at low pressures.
The latter compound by Michelin for the car category
is the BF Goodrich Baja T/A KR2 for buggies. It will be the fourth edition
Dakar for this compound intended for use on vehicles with a much lower weight
the rest of the vehicles and therefore with few requirements completely
different. On the opposite side of the scale, as they are the vehicles more
heavy Dakar, the truck mounted the Michelin NZL+. The Iveco team
Gerard de Rooy and the Kamaz rely on the French firm, the two
structures more strong in its category.