SSANGYONG REXTON DKR TO COMPETE IN THE 2019 DAKAR RALLY
SsangYong has unveiled the Rexton DKR to compete in next year’s Dakar Rally, the world’s toughest rally.
Developed by SsangYong Motorsport in Spain, the new Rexton DKR utilises a dune buggy body style with the muscular design features of the new SsangYong Rexton SUV.
The 11-day 2019 Dakar starts in Peru on January 6th concluding in Lima on the 17th. With 10 hard stages, competitors race over 5,000 kilometers, 70 per cent of which is across dunes and sand, with 3,000 kilometers of special stages.
The Rexton DKR is rear wheel drive and will compete in the T1-3 class (two-wheel drive petrol vehicles).
The Rexton DKR:
- 450hp V8 Race Engine
- weight of less than 1,900 kg
- 0 - 62 mph in 4.4 seconds
- Max speed of 122 mph
The engine is mounted in a rear-central position for balanced weight distribution between the front and rear axles, and uses a new MoTeC programmable switch to allow engine mapping changes in real time while eliminating all fuses and relays to enhance electrical reliability. There is an all-new sequential-manual 6-speed Sadev SL90-23 gearbox, tri-disc ceramic clutch that will take up to 1,500Nm of torque, and a Torsen self-locking differential unit with a high lock capacity under acceleration.
It is equipped with 17” Yokohama Geolandar M/T G003 37X12.50R17 tyres for durability, traction and absorption over the most arduous terrain, which are fitted to Raceline 17x7 alloy wheels and can be self-inflated from the cockpit.
The car will be driven by Spanish driver Óscar Fuertes with Diego Vallejo as co-driver, the same team that competed successfully in last year’s Dakar Rally in a rally car based on the SsangYong Tivoli.