Both Red Bull and Total have decided to join forces to contest the 2015 Dakar. The 2008 DKR may share a few aesthetic traits with the 2008 crossover, but underneath this a full factory competition machine. Giovanni Rizzo, the man who penned the 2008’s exterior said, “There were two ways we could have approached this task: either by taking a standard 2008 and grafting on bespoke parts, or else by drawing inspiration from the 2008’s defining overall forms to design a car that covered the constraints inherent in its mission. We eventually decided to go down the second path to produce a fresh take on the 2008. For example, the 2008 DKR doesn’t have rear doors, so it’s more like what a coupé version of the model might be.”
The team decided to go with a two-wheel drive format as it believes that the extra suspension travel and bigger wheels (37-inch Michelins) it affords is worth the exclusion of four-wheel-drive. The underpinnings of the 2008 DKR are a being kept under wraps for now and will be revealed later in 2014 in the build-up to the 2015 event.