July 05 2014
Peugeot 2008 DKR Revealed!
RMA Track Days talks about the new Peugeot 2008 DKR
Peugeot has revealed the 2008 KR it will campaign at the 2015 Dakar rally as the French firm returns to the sport.
The Peugeot-Total team has opted to run with rear- rather than four-wheel drive, with the weight and reliability benefits that result, and it’s aiming to be the first team to win Dakar with a two-wheel-drive diesel car.
Other benefits include a shorter front overhang, allowing the 2008 DKR to ‘practically climb walls’, plus lower suspension travel (strengthening the cars ability to tackle dunes and absorb rough terrain) and the ability to adjust tyre pressures remotely, shaving off crucial minutes over dunes. Organisers have given 2WD cars benefits to try and stifle 4WD dominance.
Modelled on the 2008 supermini-crossover, Peugeot engineers have produced a very compact car. Its mid-rear mounted V6 twin-turbo diesel produces 340bhp.
The last time Peugeot won the Dakar was in 1990 with Ari Vatanen, four-time winner, driving the Peugeot 405 T16. The 2015 Dakar will take place in South America, the cars travelling through Argentina, Chile and Bolivia, with the start/finish line at Buenos Aires.