PEUGEOT WILL TARGET Dakar victory again in 2017 with the new SUV-based 3008 DKR.
Despite winning in commanding style with the 2008 DKR earlier this year, Peugeot has decided that improvements can still be made for 2017; thus introducing this new 3008 DKR.
Based, ‘based’ being a relative term when it comes to silhouette racers like this, on the upcoming 3008 SUV which will make its public debut at the Paris motorshow in October, the 3008 DKR continues Peugeot’s successful yet seemingly counter-intuitive strategy of favouring rear-wheel-drive over four-wheel drive.
Team director, Bruno Famin, says, “Our goal with this car was to take the weaker points of the existing car and make them stronger, while capitalising on all the existing strengths to improve them still further.”
New regulations from the governing body imposing a smaller restrictor on the engine, mean a loss of around 20bhp, but Peugeot Sport engineers have worked to ensure that the 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbodiesel engine is more driveable with greater torque availability lower in the rev range to counteract this.
Improvements have also been made to the reliability of internal components, suspension geometry and, perhaps more importantly given the 60 degree centigrade heats that will be endured, the 3008 DKR’s air conditioning system.
All of this, Peugeot hopes, will give it and its drivers the opportunity to win the world’s most gruelling rally once again. Speaking of drivers, this is another sign that Peugeot means business, boasting the most successful Dakar line-up of Sébastien Loeb, Carlos Sainz, Stéphane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres.