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2011-03-24 15:25

PUG OUT: Visser du Plessis and navigator Gerhard Snyman pose with their new 207 S2000 rally car, which is now in a state of disrepair after an unfortunate ‘off’ during practice for the 2011 season’s inaugural rally.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Peugeot
Model 207 S2000
Engine 2l
Power 206kW
Torque 250Nm
Transmission Six-speed sequential
The first round of the national rally championship has started poorly for the privateer Peugeot driver Visser du Plessis.

During a practice session for the Total tour Natal rally, du Plessis and his race engineer crashed the no.15 car, ending any possibility of the Gauteng-based privateer making the start line at 13:30 on Friday, March 25, 2011, at the Arbour Crossing shopping centre in Amanzimtoti.

Du Plessis bought his 207 from a team based in Portugal for the 2011 season after campaigning an Auris in the S2000 class for 2010.

Boasting a strong competition pedigree in European rallying, the competition 207 is powered by a 206kW 2-litre four-cylinder engine.

Shadowing its road car siblings, the rally specification 207 features coil-over dampers of Peugeot’s own design at each wheel corner – an engineering detail many credit for its outstanding adjustability and performance across an array of terrain.

To date Peugeot Sport has built and delivered 96 cars to competitors around the world since introducing the 207 back in 2007. Peugeot has won the international rally championship three times - a hat trick from 2007 to 2009.

Adjusting to a new rally car is never easy; something du Plessis has discovered in a most unfortunate way.

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