Team Peugeot Total, finally unveils his new race, 2008 DKR. It is on two wheels that bomb defy 4 × 4 on the next Dakar.
To meet this challenge, the Peugeot Total team has relied on a technical choice very daring, “like what we did in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in choosing a closed car, we decided to go on an innovative concept summarizes Bruno Famin, Peugeot Sport Director. In the case of rally-raids, the big question is whether to use four-wheel drive or just two. After analysis, we chose to optimize the concept of two-wheel drive which has very interesting advantages. ”
To balance the chances of each settlement compensates the effect of natural predispositions 4 × 4 by providing some valuable benefits to both drive wheels. Jean-Christophe Landing, technical manager of the Dakar project, summarizes these advantages: “motorsport, weight is the enemy of performance. Gold, rally, a car with two wheels is permitted to carry a significantly lower weight to a 4 × 4. She is also entitled to larger wheels, which gives it an advantage to play many obstacles on the ground. This feature allows premium limit the front overhang. And that’s not all: adopting more generous clearances suspensions – 460 mm instead of 250 mm – it has a much better ability to climb and absorption barriers. This is a crucial advantage in the Dakar! “. Another advantage: the TV-inflation that lets you change the tire pressure from the passenger when approaching a dune … What gain precious minutes compared to crews from 4 × 4!
This new bomb is powered by a twin-turbo V6 Diesel Rear mid-position. “Stay all the essential organs in such a small space was a real headache! Admits Jean-Christophe Landing. A small car tend to be more comfortable in the special winding typed WRC, this format allows to restore the potential for a “two-wheel drive” where the 4 × 4 usually have the advantage. “