Peugeot has announced its new car for the Dakar Rally, the Peugeot 2008 DKR16 which will make it debut at the Dakar Rally in January.
The Peugeot 2008 DKR16 is an updated version of the Peugeot 2008 DKR, the new car is longer and wider than the previous model and it also comes with more power.
Peugeot’s engineers went over their ‘Lion’ piece by piece, analysing what could be done better, with the help of its Dakar experts Stéphane Peterhansel (an 11-time winner), Carlos Sainz (a two-time world rally champion and also former Dakar winner) as well as Cyril Despres (a five-time Dakar winner on bikes).
These improvements were gradually applied and assessed through a series of tests, culminating in a one-two finish for Peterhansel and Despres on the recent China Silk Road Rally using an interim-specification car. This was essentially the 2015 model, with a number of development parts for 2016 added.
The Peugeot 2008 DKR16 will make its debut later this year and will then race in the 2016 Dakar Rally next year.