Peugeot have revealed the latest evolution of its mountain-tackling, desert-racing Dakar beast, the 2008 DKR16.
The two-wheel-drive car is scheduled to make its competitive debut later this year, before heading to South America, where it will compete in the 2016 Dakar Rally.
The 2008 DKR16 boasts a number of changes from its previous incarnation, including a longer, wider and lower stance than its predecessor, which gives it a powerful, aggressive stance.
Aerodynamics in the carbon fibre bodywork feature revised bonnet and roof-mounted air-intakes, which aim to produce a more balanced air in take front and rear. The front and rear overhangs have also been reduced, enhancing the car's go-anywhere ability.
Redesigned suspension and better weight distribution mean the 'Lion' can deal more effectively with varying and rough terrains, whilst magnesium wheels and light Michelin tyres result in a significant weight saving.
There have also been improvements on the engine for the DKR16. It promise improved driveability, which will be particularly useful during twisty stages. Despite having an air restrictor fitted, the 3.0-litre V6 twin-turbo diesel engine now boasts more power than its predecessor.
A 2015 model car with the 2016 specification fitted recently achieved a one-two finish for drivers Peterhansel and Despres on the China Silk Road Rally.
Peugeot Sport Director, Bruno Famin is overseeing the Dakar challenger's final test in Morocco.
He commented: "There isn't one big change that we have made on our car: instead it has been a series of small evolutions in different areas, which together we hope will amount to an overall improvement. The tests we have carried out up to now, as well as our one-two finish in China recently, indicate that we are heading in the right direction."
by: Laura Thomson