Peugeot 208 R2 – Sizzling 208 rally automotive begins testing
The newest Peugeot 208 R2 continues that chain. Based mostly on the most recent 208 supermini first seen on the Geneva motor present earlier within the yr, the 208 R2 competes within the eponymous R2 rallying class (technically R2C), comprising two-wheel-drive automobiles of a minimum of 1080kg, powered by both 1.6- or 2-litre naturally aspirated engines, or 1067-1333cc turbocharged models.
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As such, Peugeot has chosen to run its 1.2-litre, three-cylinder turbocharged PureTech engine within the newest 208 R2. Three cylinders may seem to be an odd alternative, however with Ford additionally working a three-cylinder in its R2 Fiesta it illustrates the shut parity with manufacturing fashions.
The 208 R2 has been in growth since final summer season and has now begun testing forward of deliveries prepared for the 2020 season. Peugeot hasn’t confirmed specification particulars of the automotive, however with a brand new turbocharger, a motorsport engine administration system and a brand new gearbox, it’s more likely to be a major step up over the manufacturing automotive’s 127bhp. For reference, Ford’s 200cc-smaller EcoBoost unit makes a Fiesta ST-matching 197bhp in R2 trim.
Utilising the brand new 208’s CMP platform the bottom automotive must also be lighter than the earlier 208 R2, a automotive Peugeot bought 450 examples of over its rallying profession. Whereas the R2 class minimal weight restrict will prohibit the advantages of a light-weight platform, it ought to give Peugeot Sport engineers extra choices on the technical facet and when positioning ballast.
Bruno Famin, director at Peugeot Sport, stated the next of the brand new automotive. ‘With the brand new Peugeot 208 R2, we wish to provide our prospects a aggressive and dependable automotive that’s loads of enjoyable to drive but with minimal working prices: there’s no motive to alter the profitable method in R2.’
Famin added that the automotive will now start testing on quite a lot of surfaces and in differing situations; an necessary issue when R2 automobiles compete in the identical rallies as the primary WRC circus.
Above all, it’s the primary true efficiency mannequin we’ve seen from the brand new 208 vary. Whereas the subsequent 208 GTi is more likely to be fairly completely different from the outgoing mannequin and the R2 automotive – probably packing some sort of hybrid know-how – Peugeot Sport’s shut hyperlinks between motorsport actions and street automobiles ought to allow classes realized on the R2 automotive to make their method into future GTis.