The maddest Dakar racers in the world
As Peugeot reveals the 2008 DKR, we look back on some of the wildest Dakar entries
Posted: 15 Apr 2014
Peugeot wants to compete in the 2015 Dakar rally. A worthy intention, considering the capacity of the world's toughest endurance race to reduce grown humans into gibbering, weeping wrecks of despair.
The Dakar is an annual 6,000 mile trek that doesn't actually take place anywhere near Dakar any more (it originated when Thierry Sabine got lost on his motorbike in the Libyan desert during the Abidjan-Nice rally and returned to France with a new route), but rather races through Argentina, Bolivia and Chile.
It also boasts the second largest motorsport audience in the world after Formula One. So it's, y'know, quite a big deal.
Which is why this Peugeot 2008 DKR is actually quite big. It runs on 37in tyres and will be piloted by Carlos Sainz - the man who drove a 420bhp, RWD SMG buggy at this year's race. It's also mad.
Which got us thinking: there have, though the years, been more than a few interesting entrants in the Dakar. Check out our picks in the gallery and, if you think we've missed any, give us a shout in the space below.