Veteran joins X-raid for the 2008 challenge
The X-raid team is entering the Rally Dakar 2008 powered by biodiesel and with Colin McRae. As Green Power Racing, X-raid will be taking part in the ultimate marathon classic using biologically produced fuel for the first time,
having entered into a partnership deal with the North American Company AlgoDyne for this purpose.
The 38-year-old Colin McRae joins extreme skiing world champion Guerlain Chicherit of France and reigning rally production car world champion Nasser Al-Attiyah of Qatar at X-raid. The Scot was WRC in 1995 and won a total of 25 World Rally Championship events, placing him fourth on the list of all-time greats.
McRae has already made a name for himself in the Rally Dakar. In 2004 and 2005 he chalked up wins over four stages, together with his experienced co-driver Tina Thörner. He also has an overall win in this marathon sport in the Baja Portalegre. Even outside the cockpit, everything revolves around rallying for the charismatic Colin McRae. On the one hand he has developed a new rally car and, on the other, the world's most successful rally computer game bears his name.
“We could not have recruited anyone better than Colin. He is in everyone's dream team,” said X-raid team boss Sven Quandt. “Thanks to his spectacular performance at the world X-Games for non-Olympic sports, he is very well-known even in North America, the home of our new partner AlgoDyne. He's spent the past week familiarising himself with the X-raid BMW X3 CC during a four-day test drive in Morocco.
Colin felt good from the off, he was fast and he looked enthusiastic.”
Following the initial test drive, Colin McRae sums up: “The X-raid team and its BMW X3 CC are exactly the right choice. The squad is small but it's good and focused on its work. I believe we can challenge the major factory teams. The car handles well for an offroader and actually reminds me of a world rally car. I was particularly impressed by the incredible torque of the BMW diesel engine. After a short period of adjustment, I really got to grips with the car. We can now concentrate on further optimising handling and tuning.”
Tina Thörner, his co-driver and Jutta Kleinschmidt's co-driver from Dakar last year, adds, “It's the first time a mixture of biologically produced diesel fuels has been used, and it worked well from the start. It's great to be in at the launch of a project like this. Motor racing and the environment need not be mutually exclusive. Together with AlgoDyne and X-raid, Colin and I now hope to prove this in the world's most demanding long-distance rally.”