Peugeot's TT to race at the 'Ring
French manufacturer Peugeot takes endurance racing rather seriously.
In the past few years the company’s compression ignition powered prototype racers have been consistent front runners at the world’s most famous 24 hour race, Le Mans. In 2008 the Peugeot 908 HDi took victory.
Peugeot then, does not pitch up Le Mans to retire early and go for a ride on the Ferris wheel.
Taking RCZ to the people
This year the company will enter some additional cars into the lower classes of Europe’s other big 24 hour endurance, the Nürburgring 24 hour in May.
Whilst Le Mans remains the Holy Grail, it does not have much bearing on product portfolio image building unless you are an authentic supercar maker.
The Nürburgring 24hour race though, is much more in tune with building a dynamic image for cars which actually roll off a dealer floor.
For this reason Peugeot will enter a pair of nearly stock 2l HDi FAP RCZs for this year’s Nürburgring 24hour. With the new Peugeot performance coupe currently being launched in Europe, the race will be an excellent opportunity to prove the car’s dynamics and robustness.
In terms of specification these racing RCZs will be nearly stock.
The only discernable modifications are the addition of a fire suppression system, roll cage, racing dampers and a larger aft wing.
The cabin has been trimmed of comfort and convenience equipment whilst the RCZ’s 2l turbodiesel engine’s power output has been boosted form 120kW in roadcar trim to 147kW for the race version.
Despite criticism concerning its aesthetics ('looks just like a first generation TT,' say the haters) the RCZ promises to be the most dynamically able Peugeot’s since the 306 GTi went out of production.
The four man driving crews for each car will consist of a mix of pro-drivers and Peugeot staff, including PSA vice-chairman Stéphane Caille.