Peugeot introduced the 2008 DKR back in April and gave us a few more details later on. The race machine is inspired by Peugeot's smallest and most popular crossover, but powers itself using an altogether more radical V6 twin-turbodiesel engine generating around 350 hp.
The 2008 DKR is not only the first Peugeot to race in the famous rally after a 25 year absence, but also one of the most original racers. It's not a 4x4, but a 2x4. To compensate for this disadvantage, the officials have allowed them to use a longer 460mm suspension travel (instead of 250mm) and install bigger tires. Over certain types of terrains, it could prove to be a huge advantage, not to mention very entertaining to watch.
The Peugeot 2008 DKR will be driven by Carlos Sainz, Cyril Despres and Stephane Peterhansel in the 2015 Dakar Rally.
“The team has come up with a unique, innovative car which promises to be extremely versatile for the different types of terrain we are likely to come across. The concept works well. The test programme has shown that it is a very fast machine, although it is obviously difficult to be 100 percent sure of its reliability at this early stage," said Sainz.