The brand-new Peugeot 208R2, the successor to the best-selling rally car in the history of Peugeot Sport as well as the best-seller in the category – the current Peugeot 208 R2 – has turned a wheel for the first time in the Vosges region of France, as it enters the dynamic phase of testing. The new Peugeot 208R2 is based on the latest PEUGEOT 208 road car, which was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in Switzerland last month and features a three-cylind1.2-liter turbocharged PureTech engine, making it eligible for FIA R2C regulations.
Complete new car
Peugeot Sport’s engineers have been working on this completely new car since summer last year. Based on the latest Peugeot 208 road car unveiled in Geneva at the beginning of March, the new Peugeot 208 R2 benefits from all the technical and aesthetic evolutions that characterise the road car.
The new Peugeot 208R2 has big shoes to fill, as it takes over from the most popular rally car that Peugeot has ever made and the most popular car in the category, with more than 450 examples built. Peugeot Sport’s engineers were given a clear task: to create a rapid and reliable car that’s great fun to drive but also benefits from running costs that are as low as possible. The immense experience accumulated by Peugeot Sport over the years and the results of the first tests suggest that these objectives are already being met.
The New Peugeot 208R2 is equipped with the manufacturer’s new 1.2-liter, three-cylinder engine that uses PureTech technology. This engine is particularly powerful in road car guise and has been adapted by Peugeot Sport’s engineers for competition by adding a bigger turbo, motorsport engine management system, and a new gearbox. Everything is contained within the new CMP platform – a fresh platform common to all PSA B segment cars – which offers reduced weight and enhanced vehicle dynamics to make the performance feel even more sporty.
The objective is to deliver the first cars in time for the 2020 season.
Bruno Famin – Peugeot Sport director
“I’ve been very pleased to see the first tests of the latest car from Peugeot Sport: the new Peugeot 208R2. This is a very important event for Peugeot Sport, as customer competition is more than ever the key focus of our activity. With the new Peugeot 208R2, we want to offer our customers a competitive and reliable car that’s a lot of fun to drive yet with minimal running costs: there’s no reason to change the winning formula in R2! The improvement comes above all thanks to the new 1.2-liter turbo PureTech engine, which will lead to a substantial increase in performance. Now we’re getting the test phase underway, which is a key step. The goal within the next few months will be to build on that and gain the maximum amount of experience and data through a number of other tests on all sorts of surfaces and in a variety of conditions. This will allow us to define and then confirm the car’s final technical specification, in order to be ready to attack the 2020 season!”