Earlier this year media reported that something big was cookin´ in Gothenburg, Sweden, concerning the Dakar Rally and the Rally Raid. And now there is proof to show that Sweden´s first Rally Raid cars are one step closer to be presented in real life. Most likely the first car will be on display sometimes in the beginning of next year. The Pewano XC60 RR, will be a developed and refined version of the predecessor Volvo XC60.
Pewano is short for Pelle Wallentheim Nordic, the man behind the initiative and team. Pelle has experience from a variety of off road rallies, including two starts in the Dakar rally which should prove his interest and knowledge in how to build a competitive alternative to the Rally Raid, combined with "the safest car" in the world quality.
The right team and the right components and voilà: Pewano!
Under construction Pewano XC60 RR
Made in Sweden applies not only to Swedish quality in context of the car improvements, design and engineering, but also to some of the team members. Pelle is getting his troops gathered, among them experienced Olle Ohlsson and Tina Thörner from Sweden. Olle Ohlsson turned the bike saddle to the co-drivers seat a few years back and has a great deal of hard core knowledge from his experience throughout his off road career.
And who could potentially be the driver in Tina´s car...If she were to co-drive? She is the international team co-ordinator of Pewano, with a spectacular background in the Rally Raid and the Dakar as co-driver of Jutta Kleinschmidt, Ari Vatanen, Guerlain Chicherit, Colin McRae, Nasser Al Attiyah to mention a few.
If everything works out as planned Pewano XC60 RR will be competing in the 2012 Dakar rally.
Pelle Wallentheim, Olle Ohlsson and Tina Thörner
Competitors of the Rally Raid, watch out for Team Pewano in the 2011 races:
Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge
United Arab Emirates
Rallye Oilibya de Tunisie
Rally TT Estoril - Marrakech
Silk Way Rally
Pharaons International Cross Country
Follow the Swedish team development and adventures at Pewano.com!