Along with Ultra4 buggies we love so much, the Peugeot DKR 2008 was one of those rare gems that caught our eye even though it was a rally raid buggy. But the performance of the car was not even close. Peugeot’s goal to revive the T16 legends failed. But we will see what’s gonna happen at the Dakar 2016. For sure, Mini and Toyota will not fall of the podium without a good fight.
Two out of three Peugeots finished the Dakar 2015, on 11th and 34th place respectively. Only positive thing about their “performance” was the absence of mechanical problems. Although, one cold morning in the Andes was fatal, starting the engines was virtually impossible. Peugeots pride was somewhat dented.
“In terms of performance, while the Peugeot DKR 2008 has shown a certain potential by fighting for stage wins on two or three occasions, it’s not yet at the level required to be a contender for overall victory,” Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin said after Dakar. “There is no lack of ideas when it comes to future development and a lot of work is already underway. We’re now going to define our road map for the future by incorporating everything we learned from our experience in 2015.”
Today, when you see the new version of the DKR 2008 near the old one, you can spot the difference. But the concept of the car has stayed the same. Aggressive look with lots of carefully planned modifications. The amount of time they spent to redesign the aerodynamics was enormous. redesigned intakes on hood, roof and behind the doors have one sole purpose – to distribute the downforce ideally.
The car has a lower center of gravity, combined with wider tracks it should do the job of keeping the car stable even on the worst terrain.
Peugeot has also retuned and increased the power of the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 diesel engine up to 350 bhp. Output is still directed solely to the rear wheels, and a retuned suspension helps in better handling the variable terrain under-tire.
The length of the development program promises, but we’ll see the results very soon. The DKR2008 is already on South American soil eagerly waiting to race!