As it happened at the time with Peugeot , MINI, SsangYong y Borward, the Chinese brand Geely decided to dabble in the Dakar Rally with a buggy. The particular thing about this vehicle, which will debut in the 2019 edition of the demanding test, is that uses methanol as fuel.
The experience gained in careers such as Silk Road Rally and Around Taklimakan International Rally allowed the brand's Design Center in Shanghai to create a car that was later developed by Geely Automobile Hanwei.
Based on a rear-wheel drive SMG buggya, the Geely prototype incorporates the brand's latest design language and driving improvements, such as the steering assistance and the vibration reduction system, among others.
However, the big news is the use of methanol, which will be a first for the Dakar. The engine will have more power with this and will generate lower carbon dioxide emissions, also delivering safety and economy in performance.
The two units of the Geely Auto Shell Lubricant Cooper Tires will run with numbers 318 and 326 and will be driven by the Chinese Han wei And French Philippe Gache, who has a lot of experience in this test.