Peugeot reveals 2008-based DKR Dakar Rally racer


Peugeot has revealed its new 2008 based DKR racer at the Beijing motor show, to mark the firm's return to the Dakar Rally for the first time in 25 years.

The DKR racer is loosely based on the family-friendly 2008 crossover, but as you would expect, there are a number of upgrades, including the obvious raised suspension and 37-inch tyres.

The body features just two-doors, as opposed to the four-door production car, giving the racer a more aerodynamic coupe-like appearance and reducing overall weight.

Peugeot has also changed the car's dimensions completely, including shortening the front drastically, as well as installing a rally-suitable chassis and underpinnings.

The French firm has also ditched the traditional off-road four-wheel-drive set-up in pursuit of weight advantages. Peugeot says it has instead chosen to make the 2008 DKR two-wheel drive only in order to benefit from its ability to 'roll' over sandy terrain.

Back in 1987, Peugeot won the Dakar Rally for four consecutive years, first with the 205 T16 Grand Raid and later with the 405 T16 Grand Raid.

Peugeot 2008 DKR

Peugeot 2008 DKR

Argentina will see the first Dakar Rally race in January 2015.

To take on 10,000km of the world's longest and toughest cross-country rally - 25 years after the French car manufacturer last contested the event - the team has recruited Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres.

2010 Dakar winner, Carlos Sainz, said "I know that Peugeot Sport has the necessary expertise, technology and means to pull off what is a unique and stimulating challenge for everyone in the team."

Peugeot is remaining tight-lipped about what lies beneath the bonnet, stating that more will be revealed in the coming months.

Author: Danielle Bagnall