Η Peugeot Sport θέλοντας να υπερασπιστεί την περσινή της νίκη στο rally Dakar παρουσίασε σήμερα το νέο της “όπλο”, που βασίζεται (οπτικά) στο νέο 3008, αντικαθιστώντας 2008 DKR. Το νέο 3008 DKR θα κάνει στατικό ντεμπούτου στη φετινή έκθεση του Παρισιού σε περίπου δύο εβδομάδες, ενώ το αγωνιστικό στον αγώνα του Μαρόκο μέσα στον Οκτώβριο στα χέρια του μπαμπά Carlos Sainz.
Το φετινό rally Dakar θα διεξαχθεί στην Παραγουάη, Αργεντινή και στη Βολιβία από τις 2 Ιανουαρίου, με τα χρώματα της Red Bull και της Total να ξεχωρίζουν πάνω στο 3008 DKR. Συγκρινόμενο με τον προκάτοχο του, το νέο 3008 έχει σημαντικές βελτιώσεις στην αξιοπιστία του, στην “οδηγησιμότητα”, στην ανάρτηση του, καθώς και στο σύστημα κλιματισμού.
Η κίνηση συνεχίζεται να μεταφέρεται στον εμπρός άξονα, με τον V6 3,2-λίτρων biturbodiesel κινητήρα να έχει περιοριστικό στόμιο 38 χλστ., κατά 1 χλστ. μικρότερο σε σύγκριση με πέρσι. Οι Γάλλοι ανακοινώνουν ότι το αυτοκίνητο διαθέτει μεγαλύτερη ροπή στις χαμηλές στροφές, και ότι παρά την μείωση της ιπποδύναμης κατά περίπου 20 ίππους, εξαιτίας του μικρότερου στομίου, είναι πιο εύκολα οδηγήσιμο. Να θυμίσω ότι το 2008 DKR είχε απόδοση 350 ίππων και 800 Nm ροπή.
Πίσω από το τιμόνι του θα βρίσκονται οι Sébastien Loeb, Stéphane Peterhansel, Cyril Despres και Carlos Sainz. Το νέο αγωνιστικό είναι κατά 185 χιλιοστά μακρύτερο και κατά 167 χιλιοστά πιο πλατύ από το 2008 DKR, ενώ το ύψος του μειώθηκε κατά 118 χιλιοστά. Παρά την σημαντική αύξηση στο μήκος, οι πρόβολοι τόσο εμπρός, όσο και πίσω μίκρυναν με αποτέλεσμα το 2008 DKR16 να είναι καλύτερα εξοπλισμένα ώστε να ανταπεξέλθει σε κάθε είδους τερέν. Το μεταξόνιο έχει αυξηθεί κατά 200 χιλιοστά. Επίσης, το νέο rally car έχει πιο ισορροπημένα κατανεμημένη αεροδυναμική.
Brand new PEUGEOT 3008 DKR ready for Dakar challenge
Coming off the back of successful Dakar and Silk Way Rally campaigns with the PEUGEOT 2008 DKR this year, Team Peugeot Total and Red Bull have revealed the PEUGEOT 3008 DKR. This is the all-new successor to the famous machine with which Stéphane Peterhansel claimed his resounding 12th victory on the Dakar back in January, and Cyril Despres clinched his first win on four wheels on the Silk Way Rally in July.
The all-new Dakar challenger is based on an entirely new model of Peugeot SUV, to be revealed at the Paris Motor Show next month, following eight months of intensive work in Velizy, France, since the Dakar finish ramp in Rosario. The new 3008 SUV forms the inspiration for the latest evolution, following the company’s return to Dakar after 25 years in 2015.
The 3008 DKR also remains loyal to Peugeot’s two-wheel drive philosophy, with the first Dakar win for a two-wheel drive car in 15 years nine months ago proving that you don’t necessarily need four wheel drive to conquer the toughest landscapes in the world.
“The 3008 symbolises the next step,” said team director Bruno Famin. “Our goal with this car was to take the weaker points of the existing car and make them stronger, while capitalising on all the existing strengths to improve them still further. There are also some new regulations, which we obviously needed to comply with.”
The PEUGEOT 3008 DKR improves on its illustrious predecessor in four main areas:
Reliability: While the previous car was durable enough to win the Dakar this year and claim nine stages (including seven one-twos), in any competition machine there is always room to improve on reliability. Peugeot Sport’s engineers went through every aspect of the car in fine detail in order to refine the package still further, focussing both on mechanical strength and also complex electronic processes, such as engine management. The Dakar is the toughest race in the world, taking in 10,000 kilometres at high speeds and altitudes, which makes it the ultimate test of reliability for any machine.
Driveability: Huge steps were made forward in this area from the 2015 debut to 2016, but Peugeot Sport has now ensured that the car’s 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbodiesel engine is even more driveable for next year’s Dakar, delivering greater torque at lower revs. Adding to the challenge for the engineers is the fact that the latest Dakar regulations have imposed a smaller restrictor on the engine (38mm as opposed to 39mm last year) with a net loss of around 20 horsepower. However, this power is now accessible from further down the rev range, meaning that the car is easier to drive and potentially even faster.
Suspension: This is one of the key elements to success on the Dakar, as it governs just how quickly the car can cover the ever-changing untrammelled terrain that is the hallmark of the Dakar, ranging from salt flats, to WRC-style gravel roads, to sand dunes. The suspension was already one of the most impressive aspects of the PEUGEOT 2008 DKR for the drivers, but for the 3008 DKR further work has been done on the geometry and dampers. The test programme up to now, which has included the 15-day long Silk Way Rally – featuring quite similar terrain to the Dakar – was instrumental in furthering these important improvements.
Air conditioning: It’s something we all take for granted on our road cars, but the air conditioning that was introduced on the PEUGEOT 2008 DKR in Asia this summer has been made even more effective for Peugeot Sport’s latest creation. With crews spending up to 12 hours a day inside the cars, subject to cockpit temperatures in excess of 60 degrees centigrade, the effect of air conditioning on human performance cannot be underestimated. Even though the drivers are super-fit athletes, the improved air conditioning should help them to perform at a higher level and get more out of the car.
Sebastien Criquet is Peugeot’s senior exterior designer, responsible for the aggressive lines of the both the PEUGEOT 3008 DKR and the corresponding road car. The Dakar car’s dimensions and features are governed by technical rules laid down by the sport’s governing body, but its inspiration is still very clear through a number of unique design cues.
“Our new Dakar car is the most extreme expression of Peugeot’s latest SUV,” added Criquet. “It keeps the distinctive design language of the road car, but transports it into a rally context. And that’s the dream job for any designer: when you create a car, you always have a competition version at the back of your mind.”
Peugeot Sport will be aiming now for the sixth Dakar win in its illustrious history, with last year’s triumph – in which a Peugeot led every proper stage – coming on top of four wins on the Dakar in Africa between 1987 and 1990. The Peugeot crews have 18 Dakar wins between them and the latest in cutting-edge technology with the new PEUGEOT 3008 DKR but the task ahead is still far from easy with an all-new route this year through Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay, as well as strong opposition.
Before the Dakar itself, Carlos Sainz will test the new 3008 DKR in race mode against other Dakar competitors and Cyril Despres in the PEUGEOT 2008 DKR, during Morocco’s Rally Oilibya in October.
The potent combination of Peugeot, Red Bull, Total, Sparco, BF Goodrich and the most successful Dakar driver line-up in the world: Stéphane Peterhansel, Carlos Sainz, Sébastien Loeb and Cyril Despres, is well and truly back. Look out for the first videos of the new car in action, coming soon.
ENGINE Type: V6 bi-turbo Diesel Cubic capacity: 2,993 cc Number of valves: 24 Position: Mid-rear Number of cylinders: V6 (‘vee’ angle = 60°) Maximum power: 340 hp (rein of 38 mm diameter) Torque: 800 Nm Maximum revs: 5,000 tr/mn Top speed: 200 kph Lubricant: TOTAL QUARTZ 10 W 50
TRANSMISSION Type: Two-wheel drive Gearbox: Longitudinally mounted six-speed manual sequential gearbox Lubricant: TOTAL 755 HPX 80 W 140
CHASSIS Type: Tubular Bodywork: Carbon
SUSPENSION / BRAKES / STEERING Suspension: Double wishbones – front and rear Springs: Coil springs (one per wheel) Dampers: Adjustable (two per wheel) Travel: 460 mm Anti-roll bars: Front and rear Steering: Hydraulic power steering Brakes: Hydraulic dual circuit, one-piece light alloy four-piston callipers Discs: Front and rear vented discs Rims: Magnesium one-piece wheels (17 x 8.5) Tyres: BFGoodrich All-Terrain T/A KDR2 37/12,5 x 17
DIMENSIONS Length: 4,312 mm Width: 2,200 mm Height: 1,799 mm Front overhang: 623 mm Rear overhang: 689 mm Wheelbase: 3,000 mm Fuel tank capacity: 400 L
Peugeot target back-to-back Dakar wins with new car
After coming back into the sport to triumph nine months ago through Stéphane Peterhansel, Team Peugeot Total are looking to follow up with another victory in 2017 – and a brand new machine.
Peterhansel drove the 2008DKR16 to his 12th win over the daunting Dakar terrain in January with the new 3008DKR expected to challenge again in next year’s event.
Peugeot had not contested the iconic race for 25 years before the French legend piloted the 2008DKR16 to victory, so it is clear why they are keen to try again.
The new 3008DKR, which will be unveiled at the Paris Motor Show in October, remains loyal to Peugeot’s two-wheel drive philosophy.
Peterhansel’s victory was the first two-wheel SUV to take victory in 15 years, which goes to show that you don’t need four-wheel drive to excel over the landscape.
The new model improves on its illustrious predecessor in four main areas with better reliability, suspension and air conditioning allied with greater torque at lower revs.
Cyril Despres’ victory on four wheels in July’s Silk Way Rally also helped the designers and engineers in this aspect as the terrain is similar to the Dakar route – ranging from salt flats, to gravel roads and sand dunes.
Peugeot’s senior exterior designer Sebastien Criquet revealed, “Our new Dakar car is the most extreme expression of Peugeot’s latest SUV.
“It keeps the distinctive design language of the road car, but transports it into a rally context.”
Meanwhile team director Bruno Famin declared, “The 3008 symbolises the next step. There are also some new engine regulations for the event this year, which we obviously needed to comply with.”
Peugeot Sport had enjoyed an exciting spell of annual Dakar success from 1987 to 1990 with the 2016 win, where a Peugeot led every proper stage, their fifth overall.
Whether they can make it six in 2017 depends on how the cars and drivers can master a new, tricky route that takes in Argentina, Bolivia and Paraguay.
Before the event, Carlos Sainz will test the new 3008 DKR in race mode against Despres and other Dakar competitors during Morocco’s Rally Oilibya in October.