The maddest Dakar racers in the world
As Peugeot reveals the 2008 DKR, we look back on some of the wildest Dakar entries
Posted: 15 Apr 2014
Marrying supercars and sand is usually faintly horrific, as demonstrated by this Ferrari Enzo. But Porsche decided to take its blistering 959 supercar racing, to develop four-wheel drive tech for the road car.
It wasn't a terribly good plan. At first. Porsche entered three development 959s in 1985 but, instead of the twin-turbo engine, fitted them the 911 Carrera's 3.2-litre 230bhp lump. All three cars retired through mechanical problems.
The following year Porsche returned with three cars that that were close to production spec - they took first, second and fifth place. Much better. It also looked excellent.