Peugeot 208 R2
To build on the successful careers of the emblematic 205, 206, 207, Peugeot did not hesitate to explore new ground and regenerate the latters’ respective strengths when designing the Peugeot 208. Peugeot Sport’s three takes on the new model have been timed to correspond with the sales launch of the series production car. The first competition version to break cover is the 208 R2 which will serve as ‘zero’ car on this month’s Tour de Corse in the hands of Stéphane Sarrazin/Benjamin Veillas.
In the wake of the car’s announcement at the end of 2011, development of the competition versions of the Peugeot 208 has picked up speed. The first version to be released will be the R2 which will provide a glimpse of its potential at next week’s Tour de Corse (May 10-12) in France. The two other motorsport derivatives of the 208 will see the light of day before the end of 2012, beginning with the circuit version which features a specification very similar to that of the R2. This car will facilitate access to the world of motor racing thanks notably to Peugeot Sport’s ‘Rencontres’ events. The circuit version will be followed by the eagerly-awaited 208 which complies with the FIA’s R5 regulations and which will go on to take over from the current 207 Super 2000 rally car at national and international level. It is due to be unveiled in September.
“With the 208, Peugeot has given itself the means to create a new motoring icon,” noted Peugeot’s Range Director Laurent Blanchet at the model’s launch. “The 208 carries over the spirit of the 205 and the 206, plus the functionality of the 207 in a thoroughly modern package,” added Xavier Peugeot, the brand’s Product Director. Through the livery of the R2 version’s livery, Peugeot’s stylists have sought to mark the launch of the 208’s competition line-up by highlighting the model’s emotional appeal and resolutely modern lines.
Source: Peugeot press