Peugeot 208 Rally


As it’s the tradition with Peugeot’s hot little hatchbacks, they released a rally version of the new 208.

The first competition version revealed is the 208 ‘R2’ which will be campaigned as a ‘zero’car on this month’s Tour de Corse in the hands of Stéphane Sarrazin and Benjamin Veillas. It is the first of three 208-evolved competition cars, as the production car begins to go on sale across Europe.

Based on the production 208, the R2 rally car features a 185bhp 1.6 liter engine, a sequential manual gearbox with steering wheel-mounted knob, sport suspension, brakes and a roll cage integrated into the strengthened body. Despite all this, it is actually 40 kg lighter than the 207 RC rally car.

Peugeot 208 R2 Rally car 11 Peugeot 208 Rally

Prices and Specs:

The gravel and asphalt versions of the 208 R2 will both be available in kit form for a price of €37.500net (c£30,500). This price includes a fully-built engine. It will also be possible to acquire the 208 R2 in fully built form (gravel or asphalt version) for €57.500net (c£46,700).

Two kits will be available to convert the asphalt version of the car to gravel trim, or the gravel version of the car to asphalt trim.

Delivery: November 2012, via the Peugeot Sport Racing Shop.

Development calendar

July Homologation
August 17-18 Ulster Rally (asphalt), Great Britain
October-November Gravel and asphalt rallies (in Italy, France and Spain)
November Delivery
November 23-25 Rallye du Var (asphalt), France

Technical data

Engine
Type: EP6C (special pistons, con-rods, camshafts).
Cubic capacity: 1598cc
Bore x stroke: 77mm x 85.8mm
Maximum power: 185hp at 7.800rpm
Maximum torque: 19m.daN at 6.300rpm
Specific power: 116hp/litre
Fuel tank: 60 litres
Fuel injection: indirect (Magneti-Marelli), motorised single throttle valve, chain-driven double overhead camshafts with VVT intake and exhaust timing

Gearbox

Gearbox: five-speed sequential manual gearbox with three homologated final drive ratios
Differential: pre-loaded limited slip differential
Clutch: hydraulically operated cerametallic single clutch plate (diameter: 184mm)

Brakes/Steering

Front brakes: floating-callipers and ventilated discs
- asphalt: 310mm x 30mm (diameter thickness)
- gravel: 285mm x 26mm (diameter thickness)
radial-mount four-piston callipers
Rear brakes: solid discs: 290mm x 8mm (diameter thickness)
radial-mount two-piston callipers
Handbrake: hydraulic
Power steering: hydraulic

Suspension

Front: MacPherson type with specific uniball-jointed wishbones specific interchangeable front anti-roll bar (3 stiffnesses choices) with plain bearings specific cast aluminium struts (camber adjustment at pivot).
Rear: strengthened H-beam modified to accommodate an interchangeable anti-roll bar (choice of 3 stiffnesses)
Front/rear dampers: specific three-way Öhlins dampers with adjustable hydraulic bump stops

Chassis

Structure: body shell reinforced by welded, multipoint FIA-approved roll cage specific steel
underbody shielding
Weight:
minimum weight (in accordance with FIA regulations): 1.030kg (unladen), and
1.180kg (with crew) 64% / 36%
Front/rear distribution:

Dimensions

Length/width: 3.962mm / 1.739mm
Wheelbase: 2.538mm
Front/rear track: 1.475mm / 1.470mm
Wheels
Wheels/tyres: asphalt – wheels: 6.5 x 16 / Michelin tyres (17/60-16)
gravel – wheels: 6 x 15 / Michelin tyres (16/64-15)
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