Peugeot has officially showcased the 2015 Dakar Rally livery for its 2008 DKR racing machine

Peugeot has officially showcased the 2015 Dakar Rally livery for its 2008 DKR racing machine.

The French manufacturer says the vehicle “has traded its initial all-carbon finish for its official color scheme” and that “this spectacular metamorphosis is an eloquent sign that the bestial machine is now fully prepared to take on its 4x4 rivals on the most punishing cross-country rally of them all”. The color-scheme includes a combination of blue, white and red that represents the main partners’ - Red Bull and Total – official colors.

The 2008 DKR was revealed back in April as a comeback for the brand in the difficult Dakar Rally. It will be driven by Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres during the competition that starts on January 4. Under the hood the machine has a V6 twin-turbodiesel engine generating no less than 340 bhp (254 kW).

Carlos Sainz, “whose development skills are widely acclaimed, and who has driven every type of car”, comments that “the team has come up with a unique, innovative car which promises to be extremely versatile for the different types of terrain we are likely to come across.” He also says “the concept works well. The test program has shown that it is a very fast machine, although it is obviously difficult to be 100 percent sure of its reliability at this early stage.”

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