Former World Rally Championship factory driver Alister McRae is hoping to make a return visit to Dakar – in an improved version of the car he helped design.
McRae was driving one of four McRae Enduros on the January event and brought the machine home 39th overall, despite this being its first time in the 5,900-mile marathon event.
Three of the McRae Enduros finished – and the Scot is hoping to recreate or even better that result when the event returns to South America next year.
"I'd love to do the event again," said McRae. "But it's all about finding the backing to do it. It would be great to get four cars out there, and it looks like we should be able to do that – particularly with the improvements we've made to the Enduro for next year."
The car's engine has been changed, retaining a diesel unit, but switching from a 2.7-liter, single-turbo V6 motor to a 3.6 twin-turbo V8, sourced from a Range Rover Sport, will improve the power output by 30 percent.
"The engine we had in the car was good, it worked well," said McRae, "but when we got to the mountains and the altitude we noticed a dip in power. Running the bigger engine will help that a lot.
"There's going to be no shortage of power coming out of the new engine. In addition to that, there's been a bit of a re-design on the chassis and we've done some work on the wishbones. On the whole, the car's looking very strong for next year's Dakar."