The Silk Way Rally follows the legendary route traced by the famous Silk Road, passing through Russia, Kazakhstan and China via their capitals Moscow, Astana and Beijing. On the program are no fewer than 16 days of racing comprising 15 stages, covering a total distance of 10,734 kilometers – 4,105km of which will be against the clock.
The major new technical addition to the Peugeot 2008 DKR is the introduction of air conditioning, which will doubtless be welcomed by the crews as they tackle the hot desert stages.
The landscape of the terrain along the grueling route is a classic test of all the obstacles traditionally associated with cross-country rallying, from steppes to mountains, alternating fast and sinuous sections, wild rivers and the giant sand dunes of the Gobi Desert. Teams will pass close to the foot of the Great Wall of China and in front of the Forbidden City before toasting a ceremonial finish in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.
PEUGEOT 2008 DKR – TECHNICAL DATA
3.0-litre V6 turbodiesel engine
Six-speed sequential non-synchromesh gearbox
Suspension travel: 450mm
37-inch (94cm) wheels
Weight: 45kg/wheel x 6 = 270kg
Oil: Total Quartz