IT has been exactly 25 years since Peugeot last competed in the Dakar Rally (in fact, back during the time when the race actually passes across Dakar). In 2015 the French carmaker heads back to the world’s most grueling motor sport event (now held across parts of Latin America) in which it triumphed for four years on the trot—from 1987 to 1990.
Peugeot’s comeback is no half-baked effort. Last week the carmaker announced it had signed up Stephane Peterhansel, an 11-time winner in Dakar—six times on a motorcycle and five times in a car—who left the Mini X-raid team after it ordered him to allow a teammate to lead Dakar’s 2014 edition.
Peterhansel joins a cast no less stellar. Already signed up were World Rally legend and 2010 Dakar winner Carlos Sainz, and Cyril Despres, who has won Dakar on two wheels for five times. The trio is set to campaign a Peugeot 2008 DKR.
This is going to be awesome.