Last month, Racingist announced that Peugeot were linked to a DAKAR return in 2015. Reports since then strongly suggest that the French manufacturer and four time winner of the event will return to tackle the 2015 event. The move would see them return exactly 25 years since its last factory participation in 1990.
After the sudden decision to permanently remove the Peugeot endurance programme in 2012 for economic reason, despite victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP, Peugeot Sport has focused on customer competition.
Peugeot returned to Pikes Peak this summer precisely 25 years after Ari Vatanen’s famous victory in 1988. Sebastien Loeb piloted a 208T16 silhouette and obliterated the previous record by over 1min30.
There recent programme with Pikes Peak was a true homecoming for Peugeot, who had already won the famous hill climb in the 80s, which also marked the spirits at the same time of winning the Paris-Dakar rally, between 1987 and 1990. Peugeot Sport has a real legitimacy in competitive sport, and the fact they seem highly focussed on reviving mythical symbols, such as the “T16” with the Peugeot 208 T16 , “GTi” with the Peugeot 208 GTi , or the famous colors posted on all the latest models of competition suggest a strong resurgence with its heritage.
After the recent and overwhelming victory at Pikes Peak, the next logical step for Peugeot Sport would be to revive its glorious past in addressing the Dakar.
The illustration featured above as seen in AUTOhebdo magazine offers an insite to how the Peugeot 208 Buggy will look. Just like Pikes Peak, RedBull and Total will support Peugeot Sport. Two big names have been connected with Peugeot for such the project: Stephane Peterhansel, the most successful competitor on the event with 11 victories to date, and Sebastien Loeb – who drove for Peugeot at Pikes Peak.