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Pewano Rally Raid team from Sweden entered the starting line at the 2012 Dakar Rally in a Volvo XC60 RR car built with TeXtreme Spread Tow carbon fabrics.
According to Oxeon, the Pewano team raced a PEWANO XC60 RR car, which they had developed themselves. They say they PEWANO XC60 RR is a tubeframe chassis built for the Cross Country Rallies and the Dakar. The car has a design based on Volvo XC60 with a carbon fibre body but is 180 mm wider. Oxeon say that TeXtreme was the natural choice for the bodywork composite parts due its unique weight saving and mechanical performance benefits.
Oxeon explain that Pewano did not get an opportunity to compete to their capacity as halfway into the first special a fire forced driver Alfie Cox and co-driver Jürgen Schröder to abandon the car, both unharmed.
Hans Sönksen, Team Manager of Pewano, says: “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. 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”.
Driver Alfie Cox comments: “It could have been much worse, we escaped and we are shocked, but otherwise fine. I feel truly sorry for the team; they worked really hard in preparing the car. Now we will re-group, and plan our way forward.”
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