2016 - Peugeot 2008 DKR16

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2016 - Peugeot 2008 DKR16

Non registered vehicle
Only 4 examples produced
Victorious at the 2016 Dakar
Ex Stéphane Peterhansel

Fifth victory for Peugeot, twelfth for Peterhansel, it is with this success that we must associate the 2008 DKR16 prepared for victory in the workshops of Peugeot Sport. It is indeed at the wheel of this car that Stéphane Peterhansel will finish the Dakar 2016 on the highest step of the podium. The bet was won for Peugeot, which returned to rally-raid in 2015 after 25 years of absence. Apart from the name, the 2008 DKR16 obviously has nothing in common with the standard 2008 Peugeot, not even the windscreen which had been kept on the first 2008 DKR for the 2015 edition. Tall as a man, wider than a Lamborghini Aventador and no longer than a compact sedan, it's a fierce and intimidating monster. The 2008 DKR16 is also a monster of technology with a cutting-edge design. The tubular truss is made of steel - stronger than aluminum - and all body parts are made of carbon fiber. On each one, a label specifies the weight, to the nearest tenth of a gram! Every detail is thought out according to the constraints of the race and the evolution of the road. Nevertheless, this does not prevent the Peugeot Sport teams from capitalising on proven technologies. Thus, part of the electronics of the Peugeot 908 has been recovered. The Le Mans 24 Hours proto also ran on a turbo diesel engine with piezoelectric injectors. The DKR's 350 hp V6 Turbo Diesel engine is also very well known, as it is the DT20 originally fitted to the Peugeot 407 coupé, Citroën C5 and C6. The cylinder block, pistons and crankshaft are identical to those of the production engine. The 800 Nm of torque has been shifted to 2-wheel drive using a sequentially controlled 6-speed gearbox. Facing its main rivals Mini and Toyota, Peugeot Sport's teams had a long way to go to win. But the final victory will go to Peugeot, which will have taken just two years before eclipsing the main competitors, already well established. Property of a reputable car preparer, this 2008 DKR16 is ready to hit the gravel again for the next rally-raid.
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