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Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014


Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014


Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014


Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014


Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014













































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Dakar Rally 2015: Great Wall to copy Local Motors Rally Fighter for the Dakar?.






"The Chinese are coming" we heard some years ago in the Dakar Rally. After the 'Landwind-flop' in 2006 (both cars had to retire very early), some other Chinese manufacturers like 'Chery' and 'Great Wall' tried to reach the finish-line of the Dakar Rally - mostly based on Nissan cars of European teams like Dessoude from France.

Later Great Wall was the first team which re-started the 'Project Dakar' with an own team, fully factory-support from China and the all-new Great Wall Haval/Hoover rallycar (based on a X-raid BMW X3CC) - and became successful, especially with European drivers like Carlos Sousa from Portugal (had to retire in 2014) or Christian Lavielle from France (finished 8th in 2014).

After the Dakar Rally 2014, Great Wall announced a new rally-car for 2015, with a new concept, new technology - and fully constructed in China (so no X-raid copy)... as a long-term project. For a long time we didn´t hear anything from China (only that Sousa retired from the Team) - now the Blog [ CARNEWSCHINA.COM ] reported some interesting news. We cannot say if the news are trustable, because even the Blog - officially based in Beijing - is registered in Germany and eventually based in Holland. But the story sounds interesting, so let us call it 'rumors'.

The Blog is not especially talking about the Dakar-project, but about a eventually new Great Wall car from China, which could be perfect for the Dakar. Especially after Peugeot announced their start with the new 'Buggy-Monster'.

"Patent drawings showing a new concept car currently under development at Haval. The concept is expected to debut on the Guangzhou Auto Show in December. The vehicle appears to be a sporty two-door 4×4 rally car in pretty much the same fashion as the famous Local Motors Rally Fighter," the Blog reported - and released some first graphics, which definetely looks like the 'Rally Fighter', an US-based project of the Company [ LOCAL MOTORS ].

The US-AOL-Blog [ AUTOBLOG.COM ] and [ WORLDCARFANS.COM ], obviously from Finland, also got the story - and the main content is clear: China is again to copy a car from a western manufacturer...

Autoblog.com wrote: "Believe it or not, a Chinese automaker has actually filed to patent this clone of the Rally Fighter, a high-riding off-road sports car made in Arizona. Though the form and proportions clearly ape those of the Local Motors vehicle, the detailing appears to be different enough to stand apart."

For Worldcarfans.com the story is more or less clear: "Chinese automaker Haval is preparing a Local Motors Rally Fighter lookalike set to come out towards the end of 2014."

Really? Well, it is not unusual that Chinese manufacturers are copying cars from famous or interesting international brands. But the 'Local Motors Rally Fighter'? The car looks great, but until now it hasn´t any big success... We will see what will happen at the Guangzhou Auto Show in December. Only rumors? Or only a nice marketing gag, installed by Local Motors itself? Whatever, we have a nice story - and you something to think about ;-)

2014/08/14 | 21:22 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS











Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 |




Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014 02:40 |




Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014 02:40 |




Defender Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of the series by Bowler Rd 4 Wales | 29.08.2014 01:31 |




Defender Challenge VIDEO: Impressions of the series by Bowler Rd 4 Wales | 29.08.2014 01:31 |




Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014 01:27 |




Defender Challenge: Rd 5 of the series by Bowler takes place this weekend. | 29.08.2014 01:27 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014 00:47 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014 00:47 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 |




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 |




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014 04:57 |




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Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014 04:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014 04:48 |




Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 |




Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 |




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 |




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 |




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 |




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




















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