Back in the late ’80s, Peugeot was the force to be reckoned with at the Dakar Rally, nabbing wins in ’87 and ’88 with the 205 T16, and ’89 and ’90 with the 405 T16. Now it appears that the French automaker will return after 25 years to give the untouchable Mini Countryman a run for the money.
French newspaper l’Equipe is reporting that Peugeot will make its 2015 return in the form of a two-wheel drive Red Bull-sponsored car. No details point to the exact category that the vehicle will participate in, but seeing Sebastien Loeb at the helm is looking doubtful. Loeb, champion of Peugeot’s Pike’s Peak-winning 208 T16, will be competing for Citroen’s new WTCC team.
Sources indicate that Dakar veteran Carlos Sainz could accompany 11-time winner Stephane Peterhansel in representing Peugeot in 2015. Sainz just signed a three-year contract with Peugeot Sport.
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[via Left Lane News]