Peugeot has released new details on the 2008 DKR racer, which will be debuting at the 2014 Dakar Rally.
Do you remember the Peugeot 2008 DKR unveiled back in 2013? Well, if you do, you will be glad to find out that the French based automaker has released new details on it. According to the car manufacturer, the model in question will get two-wheel drive as the team has set the goal to be the first one to win the Dakar Rally with 2WD and a diesel engine under its hood. The company will play the “light” card for this as 2WD vehicles are allowed to be significantly lighter than 4x4s.
“When it comes to cross-country rallying, the biggest question is whether to run with four-wheel-drive or just two. After a detailed study of the question, we decided to go for two-wheel drive transmission which presents a number of interesting benefits”, said the Peugeot Sport Director, Bruno Famin.
The Peugeot 2008 DKR is taking its power from a mid mounted V6 twin turbo diesel engine. The unit is producing a total output of 340 HP which are being sent to the two wheels, but the carmaker is currently keeping a secret whether this will be a front-wheel or a rear-wheel drive vehicle. The racer will get a system which will allow the tire pressure to be adjusted from the cabin as it has to cross large sand dunes. More details on it will probably be announced over the following months.
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