- Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi set sights on Dakar
- Suspension to deliver more stability and performance
- Debut in July 2017 the Silk Way Rally
PARIS, France – Peugeot Sport has revealed its successor to the Peugeot 3008DKR that conquered the 2017 Dakar Rally, just as it did the previous year.
It’s the successor to the Peugeot 3008DKR, the racing version of Peugeot’s new SUV 3008 that was named a 2017‘Car of the Year’.
The new Peugeot 3008DKR Maxi is – as the name suggests – bigger and has a wider track intended to help it conquer the gravel roads, dunes and mountains of the world’s most famous endurance rallies.
The car is 20cm wider than its predecessor because of the suspension track on each side being increased by 10cm.
The upper and lower wishbones are new, as are as front and rear track rod ends and drive shafts.
All this, Peugeot says, has improved the stability and dynamics of the car.
The car is still (June 2017) is still being developed but will make its debut on the 2017 Silk Way Rally in Russia and China over July 7-22 2017 driven by nine-times World Rally champion Sebastien Loeb, second on the 2017 Dakar and contesting the Silk Way Rally for the second time.
Driving two current-spec 3008DKR cars which finished first and second in Dakar 2017 will be Stephane Peterhansel and 2016 Silk Way Rally winner Cyril Despres.
Carlos Sainz, the fourth member of Peugeot’s team that will reunite to tackle the 2018 Dakar, used his racing experience to help with development of Peugeot’s newest off-road challenger.
Loeb’s role on the Silk Way will be to assess the evolutions in the new car to steer further improvements – though overall victory, team director Bruno Famin points out will be the overall objective.
Famin told Carman’s Corner in a media release: “We started work on the new car soon after crossing the Dakar 2017 finish ramp. There’s only one thing more difficult than winning and that’s carrying on winning against very strong opposition.
“That’s why our engineers have a mission to continually improve the car. The latest evolutions have improved stability and performance. Sebastien Loeb will be driving after a number of test sessions using all our drivers.
“The data collected during the Silk Way will help us to define the definitive specification for Dakar 2018.”
Loeb added: “The car is already more stable so it feels a bit different to drive. Being wider makes it more cumbersome but it’s definitely a step forward. The car has less of a tendency to roll on its suspension – that gives you more confidence to attack and get it sideways.
“I’d say the strongest point of the new car is its off-road ability. With its wide track and big wheels it can go more or less anywhere… maybe not so agile on stage-type roads – that’s more the territory of four-wheel drive cars – but the advantage of our car is the fact that it can tackle anything, especially the dunes.”