Enjoy your day off guys, catch up on honey-do's. We will be posting a recap story and some other cool stories on the front page tomorrow for those that check it.
Funny you brought this up. Lately I have been pondering the difference between the last few dominant teams. You have the Mitsu Pajeros from 2001-2007, then the VWs from 2009-2011 and lately the Mini All4 from 2012-present. Those Mitsus were consistent and probably not as fast as the VWs. But by the end of week 2 they were aways the ones left standing. VW knocked them off the top in 2009 but only because the Mitsus switched from their tried and true gasoline engines to diesels. Which all failed early in the rally. Not saying VW couldn't have beaten them, we just never saw the shootout. VW did carry the torch well and were untouchable in their years at the top. X-Raid has been on top the last few years but I never go the feeling they were as strong as the teams before them. I feel all the big competition was no longer around, probably due to the economy. Now it seems we may be witnessing another change at the top but the rally is far from over.- Yes, Peugeot proved themselves by doing what they have done best over the years, winning! But! Was the bar set all that high for them to begin with? One would have to look at how well the Toyotas are doing against the Mini (and perhaps even against the Pugs) despite their inherent weight (4wd) and power/torque (V8 petrol) dis-advantage as per the regulations. IMO even now, a bigger retrictor for 4wd V8 may well be the key difference between the 'multi million' Pug and the relatively 'industrial' Hilux at least at reasonable altitudes. Nevertheless, not taking away anything from the quality and precision of the overall program that Peugeot has put together. Hats off to them in all respect!
Kids b-day party then billing and invoicing. Maybe the garage later to work on my boys trophykarts. I still would rather be down south if I had the chance.
Working on this bad boy today, doing inventory on spares, then grilling some steaks.. 2016 Baja 500 prep starts now