Some of the oddest Dakar Rally cars
As this year’s gruelling desert rally begins, we look back at some of the more creative interpretations of 'off-road vehicle'
Posted: 03 Jan 2012
Marrying supercars and sand is usually faintly horrific, as demonstrated by this Ferrari Enzo. But Porsche had a scheme - it wanted to take its blistering 959 racing to develop four-wheel drive tech for the road car.
Only it wasn't a terribly good one. At first. It entered three development cars in 1985 but, instead of the twin-turbo engine, they got the 911 Carrera's 3.2-litre 230bhp lump. All three cars retired by mechanical problems.
The following year it came back with three cars that that were close to production spec - they took first, second and fifth place. Which is nice.