Wow, I forgot about those rumors... I'd say this late in the game they will use pretty much the same regulations as last year. To me it is too late in the game to make major sweeping changes... I would think that a team like Mini/X-Raid would be livid if they only had 6-7-months to go from 2 and 4WD Diesel vehicles to 4WD gassers of a different configuration and Dakar can't risk pissing off Mini now that Pug has left, they need Mini to fund a SUPER-TEAM and show up with the top-name drivers!!!
Unless a foreign sponsor shows up, I think this is the only way we see team RGM back out there. I'd like to think if Textron wants to go, they field a team of SxS and a Car or 2 (gotta enter multiple cars to have a chance). I don't see the ROI for Textron at Dakar, maybe if they had a Bell Helicopter SxS and a Cessna SxS, etc. If we don't see them at Dakar, hopefully we see them in the Sonora Rally.
Back to Reality. RG said he wants to build a <5,000lb 4x4. Is this a TT or a Dakar vehicle, or both? Says they will start the build this summer, so right on RGM schedule for a 2019 Dakar attempt