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[YesAuto Car Race] Recently, Peugeot released the new Peugeot 2008DKR16 car, and soon announced the driver lineup for the 2016 Dakar Rally. Among them, the 9-time WRC world champion Sebastian Loeb was added. It is the “Dream Team” in Dakar.

The first is the newly upgraded car. The Peugeot 2008DKR16 car has been adjusted in the body size, the length has been increased by 200mm, the width has been increased by 200mm, and the height of the car has been reduced, and the position of the air vents on the body has also been changed. In addition, the weight distribution of the car

In terms of power, the Peugeot 2008DKR16 still uses a 3.0-liter V6 twin-turbocharged diesel engine with a mid-mounted rear drive layout. The maximum power is slightly increased from last year's 340 horsepower to 350 horsepower, and the peak torque is maintained at 800 N·m. The matching is 6 Speed sequential gearbox.

In the lineup of participating drivers, there is an extra heavyweight player, he is the 9-time WRC world champion-Sebastian Loeb. Therefore, the Peugeot Total team’s 2016 driver lineup has been determined. In addition to Loeb, there are: Peter Hansel (11-time Dakar champion), Depre (5th Dakar motorcycle champion) and Sainz (Loeb Citroen WRC teammate, two-time WRC champion and one-time Dakar champion).

Of course, what people are most concerned about is Loeb's competition. “When participating in the WRC, I always get used to bypassing obstacles, and in this car I can directly go over it, which requires more confidence to adapt. In the past, the road book at WRC was always very detailed, but here we need to constantly make changes according to the environment.” Loeb has some feelings after the first test drive in January this year. In addition, this is Loeb's first time driving a diesel racing car. His partner is Daniel Elena, who has worked with WRC for more than ten years.

For Loeb's joining, Peter Hansel, besides expressing his joy, also praised Loeb and said: “Loeb is a textbook for racing. Few people can teach him, including me or others.

For the Peugeot Total team, they upgraded the car and strengthened the driver lineup, and Loeb is the last piece of the puzzle on the 2016 Dakar team. (Compilation/Auto House Guo Feng)