Peugeot Taking Dakar Head On With Gnarly 2008 DKR Concept
Dakar is often cited as one of the most difficult races in the universe. The grueling desert trek is so taxing, that it can leave vehicles stranded and drivers barely hanging on to life. But Peugeot isn’t one to shy away from such an daunting event. In fact, its latest creation may very well be one of the craziest Dakar concepts we’ve seen to date. Taking some very minor cues from the 2008 crossover upon which its based, the DKR concept features a full off-road suspension including wheels and tires, major enhancements to the body that provide more efficiency, and an overall toughened up exterior to handle the stress and strain of Dakar. PHOTOS: See More of the 2015 Peugeot 2008 DKR
But unlike most Dakar-spec vehicles, Peugeot opted to fit the 2008 with two-wheel drive instead of all-wheel drive. This move lets the team compete in the lower buggy class, rather than challenging the almighty Mini Countryman’s head on in the 4WD class.
“Given the off-road capability of two-wheel drive transmission and its ability to run on sand, that’s the choice we ultimately went for,” stated Project Leader at Peugeot Sport Jean-Cristophe. “It enabled us to fit bigger wheels and also to benefit from more suspension travel.”
PHOTOS: See More of the 2013 Peugeot 2008
Peugeot hasn’t said exactly whether this ride will be front- or rear-wheel drive (likely the latter), nor have they discussed exactly what will sit under the hood. But we do know that it will be piloted by veteran racers Carlos Sainz and Cyril Desperes when it takes to Dakar in 2015. That should be fun to watch.
PHOTOS: See More of the 2012 Peugeot 2008 Concept