Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Rally - Dakar Peugeot

It would appear that Peugeot is getting seriously sexy these days. Following the recent debut of its T16 R5 rally car comes news that Peugeot, Red Bull and Total will contest the 2015 Dakar with another brand new machine.

Peugeot has opted for a rather different approach to its rivals going for 2WD as opposed to all wheel drive. That decision has enabled Peugeot to fit bigger wheels and permit more suspension travel.

The 2008 DKR currently sits on 37-inch diameter Michelin tyres but there is no decision as yet which engine will be used although it is expected that it will follow current trends and be smaller (probably 1.6 litres) and turbocharged.

Peugeot also intend to keep drivers, Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres, with Carlos commenting: “The philosophy behind the 2008 DKR marks a radical break and packs a high number of new ideas. The end result is like no other two-wheel drive car. It is very compact and that’s good. Having done the last two Dakars in a two-wheel drive car, I am convinced it is a solution that can win the event.”

So there you go. It will be interesting to see how it all turns out.

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