Just in time to celebrate its bicentennial next month, Peugeot is expanding its diesel-powered racing efforts. The French automaker will compete in the 24 Hours of Nurburgring for the first time May 15-16 with a pair of its new RCZ coupes. The Nurburgring race has become increasingly important in recent years as automakers use it as a venue to do final prove-out of new performance-oriented cars.
For this year's race, Peugeot will bring a pair of nearly stock 2.0-liter HDi FAP RCZs with 200 horsepower to the mighty 'Ring. The only modifications to the cars are the removal of unnecessary equipment like audio systems and the addition of race safety equipment like roll cages, fire suppression, upgraded brakes and a rear wing. The four-man driving crew for each car will consist of a mix of professional drivers and Peugeot staff, including PSA vice-chairman Stéphane Caillet.