As tomorrow all other cars will be submitted, now the large information post with
CMT cars and drivers
CMT City II T91 AWD
Small and light - a reciepe that never fails on rally tracks. And a perfect test for the latest generation of four-cylinder engine. It does not need more than 110 horsepower to make this thing faster than it looks.
Hakko Kemppainen (21, FIN) who grew up with all the finnish rally stories in the forests of Luusa. He is familiar with light but powerful cars. His co-driver is Igor Bojaroff (48, RUS) who does not talk a lot, but gives clear advice where to go and to look at. The former red army soldier has a photographic memory and never loses his temper.
CMT Kyalami GTR 4x4
A buggy with the body of a luxury coupe and the force of an atomic submarine - what sounds like a bad joke was a beer-born idea of two leading CMT engineers. As our last test driver needed new pants, we decided to cut the engine size back to 4.0 liter. Henri de Hussel, the president of CMT france, had an affair with his young secretary Chantalle - but she thinks of real love and wants him to divorce - quite an expensive wish. So he decided to hopefully get rid of her and to place her in that rolling coffin.
Chantalle Bonnaire (FRA, 18), a beautiful young blonde that drives better than you might think will be assisted by Takeo Yamato (JP, 19). His ancestors, proud samurais, died with honor, so did his grandfather, a kamikaze pilot. Even his father died with honor - after failing to build up an IKEA shelf he committed harakiri. So now he is ready to follow his relatives.
CMT Canyonero LTO AWD, starting number 506.
The midsize SUV is built up from a medium duty pickup and completely average. Suspension is neither weak nor heavy duty. the engine has modest power and its behaving well in daily traffic and mudholes. A very modest car -
like its driver Walter Groehl (46, DEU) who does not need to show anybody that he is among the best. No showing off, no victory parties - his reputation is those of an asectic and fair gentleman driver, although he learned all the tricks from older drivers like Fred Burnside. Give any vehicle in his hands and he will drive it with a precision unlike anybody else which is the reason why he is called the “driving engineer”.
His sidekick Fred Burnside (60, USA) might be the oldest participant. In the 50s he was known for having the greatest balls of all race drivers - a victory counts more than a life, no risk, no fun. He had to give up rallye driving in 1958 after an accident that left him almost as a cripple. Spending half a year in a full body cast due to 30 broken bones and severe second-degree burns, he changed his mind. in a small hospital room he decided to swap seats and give his life into the hands of more careful drivers that know exactly what they are doing - since the late 60s it’s in Groehls hands. Since his almost full recovery in 1960 he is only rarely seen behind the steering wheel. After the Archanean Trek he will focus on his second passion - professional bowling.
CMT Deliveroo 4300 “Poweroo” 4x4
To be honest: Bringing a mid 70s-design into the 90s is a job not everyone gets along with. But under the rather bulky sheet metal the car offers computer-controlled automatic transmission, variable power steering and all modern-day features like ABS and ASR. The solid axles will be provided with decent power by the 4300 V8 found in most top-of the line CMT vehicles since 1988.
Richard Mogawe (ZW, 29) is an african native familiar with the Archanean road conditions. He has 10 years experience as mechanican and is able to fix all CMT cars. He is assisted by Rainer Gellert (37, DEU) - the responsible engineer for the CMT Trek cars and also a quite talented amateur driver.