These new Dakar all-terrains would be nice to try out on a rally truck...I've actually have raced with the Dakar (G1) Rock tire on a single seat buggy. They stick to ground without any float what so ever. They are heavy, but can take HUGE hits from rock. (Good for Primm Nevada desert course) You are probably going to tear off an arm before you get a flat. If the new tire is tougher, that would be very impressive.
Hard rubber racing tire for 4x4 Super Production prototypes (plant vehicle) only, use on rugged and sandy terrain.*
BFGoodrich Rock T/A
Hard rubber racing tire and rigid carcass for 4x4 Super Production prototypes only, for use on rugged and sandy tracks (at low inflation pressure).*
Source: Michel Maraval, BFGoodrich developer (2009)
"Design of the All-Terrain tire began nearly two-years ago", says Michel Maraval, BFGoodrich developer and one of the designers of this new tire. "Rally-Raid prototypes are increasingly efficient, the pace is faster and faster and the efforts that the tires are subjected to increasingly violent. Given these facts, we had to conceive a new tire to replace the Rock T/A, which was nearing its limits."
With bursts of speed of up to 200km/hr, vehicles weighing over 2 tons at stages starting lines and distances of several hundreds of kilometers on rugged or sandy roads under sometimes overwhelming heat, the life of a Rally-Raid tire really goes through hell! When landing from a jump, tires might have to absorb shocks as great as 3.5 tons!
We started with a blank sheet
"Modeling a Rally-Raid tire is complicated, continues Michel Maraval, and we started with a blank sheet in our All-Terrain design. We created a new architecture, a new tread design, our chemists worked on a new rubber..." Even the dimensions are different: the All-Terrain is wider than the Rock T/A. "It is also 40% more resistant than the Rock T/A and performs better on sand", Michel specifies.
I’m toying with the idea of pressing the easy button and maybe in the future going with a 2.3 Duratec powered Ford Ranger
CRS “Performance stock class” build.
Truck parts simplicity and durability. I hate working on cars.
If I get bored with the slowness, Ford Ranger pre-runner and desert go fast race parts are only a click away.
I've been tempted in similar ways. It'd be a good ride for a "fun" effort. Not real competitive usually. I'd want some suspension travel if I were to do it, and I'd go 2wd I think. I'm not familiar with the class rules for "performance stock".
I know as a course car, a full size truck or sport Ute can often put down mid pack stage times overall, even without notes and driven "brisk" instead of fast.