The PEWANO XC60 RR car.
The PEWANO XC60 RR car.

The PEWANO XC60 RR car, developed by the Pewano team with technical support from Volvo, is based on a Volvo XC60, but 180 mm wider than the regular car, and it has a carbon fibre composite body. TeXtreme carbon fibre reinforcements from Swedish company Oxeon were chosen for the bodywork because of their weight saving ability and mechanical performance.

Unfortunately Pewano did not get the opportunity to compete to their full capacity. Halfway into the first special a fire forced driver Alfie Cox and co-driver Jürgen Schröder to abandon the car. Both Cox and Schröder were unharmed.

“It was during the first stage between Mar del Plata and Santa Rosa de la Pampa, after a couple hours of faultless driving, that something went wrong," explains Hans Sönksen, Pewano Team Manager. "With the car gutted by the flames, it’s not possible to determine what caused the fire, but we believe that a leak in either the powersteering pump or one of the hoses in the powersteering system was the cause.”

Cross country rally team Pewano's ambition is to build a successful team for the Dakar, showcasing Scandinavian engineering expertise.

The Dakar Rally

The 2012 Dakar Rally will be the 33rd running of the event. It takes place in Argentina, Chile and Peru on 1-15 January.