The 207 RCup concept at last March's Geneva Motor Show hinted at what was coming, and now that the initial development phase is complete, Peugeot has decided to show it off and reveal the tech specs. Appearance-wise, it's an aggressive little package, with its wide body, rooftop intake, and top-mounted rear wing.
Underhood, there's some giddyup to back up the looks. Powered by a 1998cc four-cylinder, the Super 2000 generates 280 horsepower without the use of any forced induction. A six-speed sequential gearbox sends it to all four wheels. The Super 2000 engine is based on the one found in the company's 206 GTi 180 model, but is tuned to produce an additional 100 ponies.
The car is still under development and additional tweaks will likely be made as they perfect its dynamics. Once finalized, privateer teams will be able to purchase and campaign their own 207 Super 2000s. This, incidentally, is why the car's engine does not use turbocharging to generate more power. Super 2000 regulations (we're talking about the rally class, now) prohibit the forced induction systems and other electronic trickery found in the WRC. Doing so makes the cars less expensive to operate and maintain, making the idea of fielding a team far more palatable to individuals looking to get into the game.
Thanks to Peugeot's Ian Sedgwick for the clarification regarding the nature of the engine.
(Release, tech specs after the jump)
PEUGEOT 207 SUPER 2000 BREAKS COVER
* New Peugeot 207 Super 2000 Rally Car starts testing
* 207 Super 2000 follows in the footsteps of the 205 T16 and 206 WRC
The Peugeot 207 RCup Concept Car presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March gave clues to the future 207 Super 2000.
Now the next Peugeot Rally Car has completed its initial development stages on both loose and tarmac surfaces.
On 16 May, the 207 Super 2000 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 now 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 and a total of 65 podiums.
The car then immediately started 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."
The Peugeot 207 Super 2000 will be available for customers to campaign in national championships.
TECHNICAL DATA PEUGEOT 207 SUPER 2000
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
Type: 4-wheel drive
Clutch: Twin disc
Gearbox: Sequential – 6 speed
Differential: 3 Autolocking
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
Length: 4.03 m
Wheelbase: 2.56 m
Minimum weight: 1100 kg loose surface / 1150 kg tarmac
Fuel tank capacity:80 litres