Leisure Wheels (South Africa) - - GEAR -

French­man Cyril De­spres blasts his new X-Raid Mini JCW buggy through the Moroc­can desert in Septem­ber, dur­ing a test­ing ses­sion ahead of the Rally of Mo­rocco. The rear-wheel-drive buggy is pow­ered by a BMW straight-six diesel en­gine with two tur­bocharg­ers that pro­duce 261kW and 770Nm of torque. The Mini JCW bug­gies, with Dakar leg­ends like De­spres, Sainz and Peter­hansel be­hind the wheel, should be the big­gest com­pe­ti­tion for the Toy­ota Ga­zoo Rac­ing SA Hilux bakkies. Flavien Duhamel

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