In addition to searing heat, the day’s menu featured a daunting cocktail of sand, fast tracks, rough, stony dirt trails and more exacting navigation which put crews to another taxing test, especially as the fatigue accumulated since the event’s start is beginning to take its toll.
It was yet another challenge for the new BFGoodrich® KDR2+ which has so far taken the all the difficulties inherent in the world’s biggest cross-country rally in its stride, including the sand dunes, mud and high altitudes it had to contend with earlier in the rally. Today’s hot weather provided an added complexity. “As the tires heat up, their pressures increase, too,” explains Matt Hanlon, the engineer who oversaw the KDR2+’s development. “The crews of the two-wheel drive cars are authorised to adjust their tire pressures on the move from inside the cabin, but crews of four wheel-drive cars aren’t allowed to do this, so pressures can climb considerably.”