After a 25-year brake, Peugeot is returning to the Dakar Rally and wants to make it in style with the new 2008 DKR. So, for the 2015 Dakar Rally, Peugeot joined forces with Red Bull and Total, while with some help from Carlos Sainz and Cyril Depres, the French carmaker wants to make a big comeback.
The spectacular Peugeot 2008 SKR was designed by the experts at company’s Style Centre and their colleagues at Peugeot Sport’s Design Department. As you can see from the photos, the 2008 DKR features some aggressive design lines and sits on 17-inch diameter Michelin tires (almost 94 cm).
This impressive vehicles is quite radical comparing it with the standard version of the 2008 crossover and comes with no rear doors, making it more like stylish coupe. Too many details are not available for the moment, but Peugeot is expected to release more on April 20, at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show.
“We provided Peugeot’s Style Centre with a very precise brief,” explains the Project Leader at Peugeot Sport, Jean-Christophe Pailler. “We supplied them with the basic key dimensions, as well as other information such as the cabin space we required, plus the wheel size and the suspension travel. They also had aerodynamic data resulting from our early simulation work.”
“The chief difficulty resided in adapting the model’s styling cues to the different technical constraints dictated by the hostile terrains visited by the discipline,” notes Giovanni Rizzo, the 2008’s exterior designer. “There were two ways we could have approached this task: either by taking a standard 2008 and grafting on bespoke parts, or else by drawing inspiration from the 2008’s defining overall forms to design a car that covered the constraints inherent in its mission. We eventually decided to go down the second path to produce a fresh take on the 2008! For example, the 2008 DKR doesn’t have rear doors, so it’s more like what a coupé version of the model might be.” [source: Peugeot]