The video effects are pretty spectacular. The car shrinks, sprouts roof rails and gets rid of all its go-fast bits. It's a bit like Transformers and even has the same sound effects, but instead of becoming cooler, the 2008 is made more boring and average.
We don't see the connectionAs is usually the case with modern motorsport, there's literally no connection between the race car, that's built with tubular steel and carbon fiber, and the road-going version. What Peugeot sells is a front-wheel drive glorified MPV with between 82 and 120 horsepower, while the racing machine is powered by a V6 twin-turbodiesel engine generating around 350 hp.
That's something no production Peugeot has ever had. The 2008 DKR is not only the first Peugeot to race in the famous rally after a 25 year hiatus, but also the most original racer in its class. It's not a 4x4, but a rear-wheel drive 2x4. To compensate for this disadvantage, the officials have allowed them to use a longer 460mm suspension travel (instead of 250mm) and install larger tires which are about twice the height of those on the road car.
What's amusing is that sister car Citroen is famous for being the first to show a car that transforms into a giant robot. Everybody remembers the dancing C4 that was "alive with technology" and showed its killer moves to "Jacques Your Body" from "Les Rythmes Digitales".