Peugeot 2008 DKR detailed

Posted on Thursday, 3 July 2014 , 13:07:28 byTheodora

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Peugeot 2008 DKR detailed

Although the word 'rally' is half of its name, the Dakar is an off-road endurance race, properly called a rally raid rather than a conventional rally. The terrain that the competitors have to face is much tougher and the vehicles used are true off-road vehicles and not just some modified on-road vehicles used in rallies. Most of the competitive special sections are off-road, crossing dunes, mud, camel grass, rocks and erg among others. So to face this, the competitors prepare awesome vehicles. Peugeot is one of the brands that always enter the rally. They have revealed their 2008 DKR Race Car back in April, and now it’s time for some details.

The Peugeot 2008 DKR is powered by a V6 twin-turbodiesel engine that outputs no less than 340 bhp (254 kW). Referred to as a "muscular feline", the 2008 DKR is a two-wheel drive car according to Peugeot, so it most probably it has a rear-wheel drive layout. The Peugeot 2008 DKR will be driven by Carlos Sainz, Cyril Despres and Stéphane Peterhansel in the 2015 Dakar Rally for Team Peugeot Total.

If the Peugeot 2008 DKR reaches the first position in the competition, Peugeot will become the first to triumph at the Dakar Rally with a car boasting a 2WD + diesel engine configuration. The vehicle has a longer 460mm suspension travel (instead of 250mm) and thanks to the two-wheel drive layout Peugeot was allowed to make the car lighter and they also installed bigger rubbers (37-inch / 94cm Michelin) which of course, offer some advantages on certain terrains and enabled the engineers to shorten the front overhang. Dunes, mountains, dry river beds, canyons, furnace-like temperatures, salt deserts, rough terrain, fesh-fesh sand… These are just some of the joys that await the 2008 DKR on the next Dakar Rally. We’ll just have to wait and see how it manages to pass over all these.