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Spread tow carbon fabrics in the Dakar Rally

News International-French

5 Jan 2012

Pewano Rally Raid team from Sweden entered the starting line at the 2012 Dakar Rally in a Volvo XC60 RR car built with TeXtreme® Spread Tow carbon fabrics. The 2012 Dakar Rally is the 33rd running of the event and this year’s race starts in Argentina and finishes in Peru.

Pewano team raced a Pewano XC60 RR car, which they have developed themselves. Pewano XC60 RR is a tubeframe chassis built for the Cross Country Rallies and the Dakar. The car has a design based on Volvo XC60 with a carbon fiber body, the Rally Raid car is, however, 180 mm wider than the regular XC60. For the bodywork composite parts the natural choice was TeXtreme® carbon reinforcements due its unique weight saving and mechanical performance benefits.

TeXtreme® Spread Tow Reinforcements use spread tows to produce optimized reinforcements for ultra light composites. Spreading tows into very thin tapes enables production of both unidirectional and woven reinforcements that present improved mechanical performance and weight savings that are unrivaled compared to conventional reinforcements.

Pewano, however, did not get an opportunity to compete to their capacity. Halfway into the first special a fire forced driver Alfie Cox and co-driver Jürgen Schröder to abandon the car. Very positively both Cox and Schröder got out of the car unharmed.

Hans Sönksen, Team Manager of Pewano, says: “It was during the first stage between Mar del Plata and Santa Rosa de la Pampa, after a couple hours of faultless driving, that something went wrong. With the car gutted by the flames, it’s not possible to determine what caused the fire, but we believe that a leak in either the powersteering pump or one of the hoses in the powersteering system was the cause”.

Driver Alfie Cox comments: “It could have been much worse, we escaped and we are shocked, but otherwise fine. I feel truly sorry for the team; they worked really hard in preparing the car. Now we will re-group, and plan our way forward."


About Dakar Rally
The 2012 Dakar Rally will be the 33rd running of the event, and will be taking place in Argentina, Chile and Peru (starting in Mar del Plata and ending in Lima) from January 1st to January 15th. Almost 5,000 kilometers separate Mar del Plata from Lima, but the Dakar will be staging an adventure of more than 9,000 kilometers in total. Unlike previous year’s loops, the route will transport the rally from the shores of the Atlantic Ocean to those of the Pacific. The scale of this challenge has also led to a change in the race’s format, which will include 14 days of racing in 2012.  The Dakar is not only an event of extremes. It's the largest motorsport event in the world, the largest competition with spectators on the spot and also the world’s third largest sports event.



Pewano is a Swedish Cross Country Rally team with the goal to build competitive Rally Raid cars based on the Volvo XC60 to the prestigious Dakar Rally. The high-tech PEWANO XC60 RR rally car has been developed in collaboration with world-class mechanics and engineers, together with Volvo as a technical partner. Pewano want to showcase engineering expertise and solutions from Sweden and Scandinavia, as well as competing with the top rally teams worldwide. Pewano’s ambition is to build a very successful team for the Dakar.



About Oxeon
Founded 2003 in Sweden, Oxeon has quickly established itself as the market leader in Spread Tow Reinforcements. Use of these spread tow carbon reinforcements increases the mechanical performance of composite material products and reduces the weight. Utilization of Oxeon’s TeXtreme® Spread Tow Fabrics and TeXtreme® Spread Tow Tapes by manufacturers of advanced aerospace, automotive, industrial and sports products in applications that have critical material performance requirements has affirmed the significance of Oxeon’s ultra light materials.



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