Back-to-back Dakar wins target for Peugeot with new 3008DKR

by Umar Hassan

Team Peugeot Total are targeting back-to-back wins in the 2017 Dakar Rally with their new Peugeot 3008DKR.

Since coming back to compete after a 25-year absence, Stéphane Peterhansel who claimed his twelfth Dakar Rally last year won it behind the wheel of a two-wheel drive Peugeot 2008DKR16.

Peterhansel’s win with the two-wheel drive 2008DKR16 was the first time a two-wheel sport-utility vehicle had won this event in 15 years.

The 3008DKR, which will be launched next month at the Paris Motor Show is improved in four areas, which include better reliability, suspension to air conditioning with greater torque at lower revs.

Peugeot’s Senior Exterior Designer Sébastien Criquet said “Our new Dakar car is the most extreme expression of Peugeot’s latest SUV. 

“It keeps the distinctive design language of the road car, but transports it into a rally context.” 

Peugeot Sport Team Director Bruno Famin added “The 3008 symbolises the next step. There are also some new engine regulations for the event this year, which we obviously needed to comply with.”

Before the 2017 Dakar Rally takes place, Carlos Sainz and 2016 Silk Way Rally-winner Cyril Despres will test the new 3008DKR in race mode in October’s Rally Oilibya in Morocco.

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