Team Peugeot Total has unveiled the livery in which its all-star ‘dream team’ of Sébastien Loeb, Stéphane Peterhansel, Cyril Despres and Carlos Sainz will tackle next year’s Dakar Rally, taking them on an epic journey through Argentina and Bolivia over two weeks in January.
New for 2016, the Peugeot 2008 DKR has been extensively updated to become wider, faster, lower and more powerful. Complementing the aggressive look of the new car is a distinctive and fresh livery. The Peugeot proudly wears the colors of all its partners in the Dakar project, capped by a silver-colored roof for the first time: designed to reflect the harsh sunshine of the Argentine summer, where temperatures can exceed 50 degrees centigrade.
This contemporary livery underlines just how many changes the car has undergone since it made its Dakar debut 11 months ago, with evolutions both above and below the skin. The new dimensions have significantly altered weight distribution, with spare wheels now stored in the sidepods of the car, which lowers the center of gravity and results in improved handling.
The fresh skin has been specifically designed around this eye-catching new shape, accentuating both the flat panels and the curves that combine to make the Peugeot 2008 DKR16 – as the latest evolution of the car is known – one of the most impressive sights on the Dakar. The design cues and livery also emphasize the family resemblance to the Peugeot 2008 road car, on which the rally raid machine is based.
Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin commented: “If the car goes as well as it looks, then we are certainly set for a strong year next year! In its definitive livery, the new Peugeot 2008 DKR16 looks like it’s going really fast even when it’s standing still. We know that our cars will definitely have a strong visual presence on the Dakar: now it’s down to us as a team to make the most of that.”
The 38th Dakar Rally gets underway in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Saturday 2 January, before concluding in Rosario on Saturday 16 January. Ahead of Peugeot Total’s dream team of chargers lie nearly 10,000 kilometers of intense competition, during which they will travel practically the entire width of South America.
Dodge go big at SEMA Next Post:
The Scion FR-S Release Series 2.0 makes the FR-S sharper than ever