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Peugeot has updated its rear-wheel drive 2008 DKR racer for the 2016 Dakar Rally, with the improvements focusing on bodywork, aerodynamics, suspension and engine.




The Peugeot 2008 DKR is now 200mm (7.8in) longer, 200mm wider, lower and more powerful than its predecessor. The altering of dimensions has also resulted in a more aggressive stance.

Peugeot has reduced front and rear overhangs for improved off-road capabilities, as shorter overhangs enable the car to tackle obstacles such as sand dunes, river beds, and huge rocks easier than before.

The Peugeot 2008 DKR also benefits from improved aerodynamics: the bonnet and roof-mounted air-intake have been heavily revised, in order to provide more balanced downforce between front and rear. There's also a new air scoop which ensures better airflow.

Significant changes have been made under the car's carbon skin as well. The suspension has been redesigned to cope with the different and rough terrains more effectively. The weight distribution has been improved, and the 2008 DKR now features magnesium one-piece wheels for the first time, shod with lighter tyres from Michelin. The new wheels replace the aluminum two-piece wheels from last year, resulting in a significant weight saving.
 
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