‘Wraps come off new Peugeot Dakar mo­tor’

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Peugeot Sport will re­place its suc­cess­ful 2008 DKR Dakar con­tender with a new 3008 DKR for next year’s event, writes Hal Ridge.

It is based on a new 3008 SUV from par­ent com­pany Peugeot that will be launched at the Paris Mo­tor Show next month.

For­mer World cham­pion Car­los Sainz will give the new ma­chine its com­pet­i­tive de­but in Morocco in early Oc­to­ber, where team-mate Cyril De­spres, who claimed vic­tory on the Silk Way Rally in July, will drive a 2008 DKR.

The new car fea­tures up­grades in four main ar­eas over its pre­de­ces­sor; re­li­a­bil­ity, driv­abil­ity, sus­pen­sion and air con­di­tion­ing. Like the 2008 DKR, the new car will re­main two-wheel drive. Dakar leg­end Stephane Peter­hansel claimed the first vic­tory in 15 years for a two-wheel-drive car on the event in Jan­uary this year.

“The 3008 sym­bol­ises the next step,” said head of Peugeot Sport, Bruno Famin. “Our goal with this car was to take the weaker points of the ex­ist­ing car and make them stronger, while cap­i­tal­is­ing on all the ex­ist­ing strengths to im­prove them still fur­ther. There are also some new reg­u­la­tions, which we ob­vi­ously needed to com­ply with.”

For 2017, a 38mm turbo re­stric­tor has been in­tro­duced to the Dakar reg­u­la­tions, down from 39mm this year. The French firm will field four cars for Peter­hansel, Sainz, De­spres and Se­bastien Loeb in the 2017 South Amer­i­can event.

New car fea­tures im­proved re­li­a­bil­ity and sus­pen­sion

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