Of course, Peugeot – a brand with a storied motorsport past – wants to keep the candle lit and aims for a new Dakar win, challenging as it may be, aided by the new 3008DKR Maxi.
Mitsubishi – with seven victories in a row, followed by Volkswagen for three years, and succeeded by Mini for four consecutive years, but now it’s Peugeot’s time. The French automaker has already secured two Dakar wins in the past two years and is looking for the trifecta. They are going to get help from their latest rally machine – the 3008DKR Maxi, the latest evolution in the line started with the 2008DKR and the 3008DKR from last year.
With the word evolution, we know there are no massive changes in store – after all the regulation does impose the limits. The new Maxi is almost 8 inches wider now, and that brought about a completely new suspensions setup – though the full technical details haven’t been revealed just yet. The 3008DKR uses a 3.0-liter twin-turbodiesel V6 in central position, with 340 horsepower sent, once more, to just two of the four wheels. The development of the model will continue during actual races – the model debuting next month in the Silk Way Rally, which covers Russia and China. Nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb and thirteen-time Dakar champion Stephane Peterhansel will be doing the driving of the two examples, with the third one helmed by last year’s Silk Way king, Cyril Despres.