Peugeot 3008 DKR Dakar 2017: New racer for title defense

With the 3008 DKR Peugeot has developed a new model for their title defense in the Dakar Rally 2017th We provide the Desert racer Stephane Peterhansel, Sebastien Loeb, Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres and show it in the final design.

22/11/2016 Tobias Grüner Powered by

After the first Dakar victory in 2016, Peugeot has an appetite for more. With the new 3008 DKR, the French want to have the competition of Mini and Toyota in their place again. The work team has been working hard on the art and will compete with a completely redesigned Desert Renner at the season climax in January 2017th

Peugeot 3008 DKR with bonds from the production model

Already visually, the 3008 DKR does not have much in common with its successful predecessor, 2008 DKR. The front end is flat and has a new design wide. In the rear of the large air intakes fall away in the wings. Instead, is now space to accommodate spare tire behind the panel in the flank. Design elements such as the grille and light units front and rear recall the series 3008th

Not only the aerodynamics have been revised. Also under the hood a lot has happened. The 3008 DKR has been missed with modified damper elements a completely new suspension geometry. For this, the new car has properly slimmed weight - more than 100 kg is speculated - and thus the focus was naturally lowered. Also on details such as the air conditioning was hand applied again. If the cooling of the interior is not reliable, it can be quickly times 60 ° C in the cockpit. This one might expect of any pilot.

Peugeot will remain rear-wheel drive concept faithful

In terms of drive concept, everything remained the same. The Peugeot 3008 DKR starts like his predecessor by the regulations of the rear-wheel drive to the four-wheel competition from Mini. The Dakar rules seem to favor this concept. Toyota will change in 2017 from four-wheel to rear wheel drive.

For driving the Peugeot 3008 DKR a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbo diesel makes again. The self-ignition Group einzubremsen somewhat the diameter of the air restrictor of 39 mm was reduced to 38 millimeters. This costs about 20 hp. Peugeot engine but revised so that especially in the lower speed range lies more torque. This should provide for improved driveability and compensate for the loss of power.

Peugeot with four 3008 DKR at Dakar 2017

The most important point in the development of a Dakar racer, of course reliability. The Peugeot 3008 DKR must now prove in an extensive test program. Among other things, Carlos Sainz will compete with the new model in the Rally of Morocco in October for direct comparison with the previous 2008 DKR.

The old cars are not scrapped next year. The private team of PH Sport Pikes Peak and Le Mans winner Romain Dumas will probably use one or more 2008 DKR at Dakar.

Because Mini does not seem competitive with the all-wheel concept, the Peugeot drivers could make the victory at the season highlight among themselves. Staffed the factory team with Stephane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz, Sebastien Loeb and Cyril Despres has a strong position. In January, they have to prove themselves on the new route 10,000 km through Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay.