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“The 2017 Dakar project began during the 2016 event when we started to lay down the initial plans for the Peugeot 3008 DKR. It was a year-long operation.”
The design phase lasted around three months and was followed by two periods of extensive testing, firstly of the 3008’s mechanicals, then of the new car’s bodywork. Compared with the Peugeot 2008 DKR which won the 2016 Dakar in the hands of Stéphane Peterhansel, there have been four chief changes.
“The diesel bi-turbo engine was developed to take into account the fall in performance due to the latest technical regulations,” points out Olivier Jansonnie. “We therefore focused on the driveability and flexibility of the 340-horsepower V6 and worked on its overall reliability.”
The second big change was essentially cosmetic and concerned the 3008’s bodywork which was designed in association with Peugeot’s styling department. The front and rear covers are based on the road car, but the roof was revised to optimise engine cooling.
“The chassis and suspension have also been modified, including a new front-end arrangement developed in conjunction with engineers from BFGoodrich® to make sure that the car/tyres package works as efficiently as possible.
“Lastly, significant work went into the air conditioning and cockpit ventilation systems to make the crews as comfortable as possible during the long periods they spend in the car.”
The Peugeot 3008 DKR covered 15,000km in testing ahead of its debut on October’s Rally of Marocco. “Since then, we have fine-tuned a number of details,” smiles Oliver Jansonnie.