November 28, 2016 @ 11:21 AM

The Peugeot 3008 DKR wears its 2017 Dakar Rally war paint

Peugeot sets their sights for another Dakar win with the new 3008 DKR machine

Peugeot’s departure from Le Mans might have saddened the fans as they did enjoy some great wins in its years of competition. But the French automaker was not going to quit motorsports entirely as aside from the lightning-quick 208 T16 which dominated Pikes Peak, the 2008 DKR racer isn’t something to be underestimated as well as it won the gruelling 2016 Dakar Rally.

 

Putting 2017 in their sights, Peugeot will be kicking up dust once again in next year’s Dakar Rally and this time they’ll be packing a different weapon in their arsenal. Set to defend Peugeot’s title in the rally is their new 3008 DKR racer which had gone through its development and testing stage, and is now ready to be presented to the world in its full Dakar colours.

Bathed in the colours of its partners like Red Bull, Total, Sparco and BFGoodrich, the 3008 DKR is based on the new generation 3008 crossover which was unveiled last month in Paris. But the one you’re seeing here shares very little similarity with the road-going version as it needed a lot of modifications in tackling the rugged terrain of the rally.

 

The 3008 DKR racer is powered by a 3.0-liter twin turbocharged V6 diesel engine and has been fitted with a new restrictor as well as retuned to deliver more torque at lower revs. Like its predecessor, the 3008 DKR is not fitted with all-wheel drive as they managed to save a few vital kilograms by sending the power to only two wheels instead.

Piloting the new Dakar machine will be the responsibility of Stephane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz, Sebastien Loeb and Cyril Despres. They will be tackling the rugged roads of South America that will take them through Argentina, Bolivia, and Paraguay this January.

 

Hussein Zain

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