Team SMG, partnered technically by Motul, was created in 1997 by a great French motorsport figure. Philippe Gache has indeed raced in DTM, in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in single seaters, especially in the Indy 500 Miles, as well as on ice before discovering the magic of the Dakar in 2003. Since then, SMG buggies have won on five occasions in 2WD category. We can also remember with great emotion the heroic feats by Carlos Sainz, winner of two 2014 Dakar stages before he unfortunately had to quit following a road accident! Today, SMG is presenting a major development of its buggy, duly 2017 FIA Off-Road approved.
For want of an SMG buggy in the last staging of the most famous of off-road rallies, we have heard a lot of a Team Land Cruiser Auto Body Toyota, driven by Christian Lavieille and tuned by SMG. Team #217 finished 23rd and above all in the lead of the petrol production 4WD category … with Motul's technical support. Nearly two months after the Dakar's arrival, SMG, based in Fréjus southern France, is again in the news with a new development to its 2WD buggy.
This car is the result of all our know-how and considerable experience of off-road rallies', states the official web site. 'It's the very best of SMG's work today.' Tests are scheduled in France and Morocco in the weeks ahead.