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Peugeot 207 Super 2000 breaks cover

 

Peugeot has re-affirmed its intention to remain involved with rallying with the successful completion of an initial development programme for the Peugeot 207 ‘RCup’ Concept Car.

Peugeot has re-affirmed its intention to remain involved with rallying with the successful completion of an initial development programme for the Peugeot 207 ‘RCup’ Concept Car.

The concept car was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March and now the next Peugeot Rally Car has completed its initial development stages on both loose and tarmac surfaces.

The 207 Super 2000 might be based on the latest 207 but its appearance belies its heritage with a wide body, rooftop intake and top-mounted rear wing signalling an aggressive little monster.

The car is still under development but it brings some mighty power to the rally circuit. The 1998cc four cylinder power plant generates 280 horses without any help from a turbo - those sorts of tweaks are not available to Super 2000 cars. A six-speed sequential gearbox distributes the power to all four wheels.

The car is unashamedly targeted at privateers rather than signalling a Peugeot team return to the rally circuit.

The 207 Super 2000 recently fired into life for the first time, watched by Bruno Famin, Technical Manager of Peugeot Sport and Bertrand Vallat, Project Manager for the 207 Super 2000.

It follows in the footsteps of the other great Peugeot rally cars of old, such as the 205 T16 and the all conquering 206 WRC, winner of three world rally championships with a total of 65 podium finishes.

The car has completed a series of tests on both loose surface and then on tarmac. The drivers entrusted with the development of the car are Bryan Bouffier, Sebastian Lindholm and Gilles Panizzi.

Bertrand Vallat, Project Manager, commented: “To start with on the loose surface, the 207 Super 2000 showed a good level of reliability which was confirmed again on tarmac some weeks later. We are only at the initial stages of development but all the test drivers who have followed each other behind the wheel of the car have been satisfied with both the handling and performance.”

Technical Data - Peugeot 207 Super 2000

MOTOR
Engine EW 10 J4S
Location Front – transverse
Capacity 1998 cc
Number of cylinders 4
Power (hp.DIN) 280
Torque (Nm) 250
Maximum engine speed 8500
Injection Magneti Marelli
Throttle Single butterfly
Number of valves 16

TRANSMISSION
Type 4-wheel drive
Clutch Twin disc
Gearbox Sequential – 6 speed
Differential 3 Autolocking

CHASSIS
Structure Bodyshell + Tubular Roll Cage
Front suspension Pseudo MacPherson Strut with Peugeot Dampers
Rear suspension Pseudo MacPherson Strut with Peugeot Dampers

BRAKES / STEERING
Front brakes Brembo 4 pistons
Diameter 300mm (loose surface) 355mm (tarmac)
Rear brakes Brembo 4 pistons
Diameter 300mm (loose surface and tarmac)
Steering Hydraulic assistance
Wheels loose surface 18 inches
Wheels tarmac 15 inches

DIMENSIONS
Length 4.03 m
Width 1.80 m
Wheelbase 2.56 m
Minimum weight 1100 kg loose surface / 1150 kg tarmac
Fuel tank capacity 80 litres

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