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.
To mark the release of its cut off series, Peugeot RCZ, and the 200-year mark, which will be celebrated on 15 and 16 May, Peugeot will participate for the first time to 24 hours of Nürburgring. The run, well attended in Germany, meets each year 220 000 spectators. Peugeot by this participation is to contribute to the reputation of his new cut, in a market appetite for sporty cars.
In the category D1T, diesel between 1700 and 2000 cm3, Peugeot RCZ enter two 2.0 l HDi FAP who develop each 147 kW (≈ 200 bhp). The two parts are essentially RCZ parts of the series vehicle, with the exception of specific parts from service "competitions" Customer Peugeot Sport.
Both RCZ be numbered 200 and 201, to symbolize the 200 years of industrial adventure of the brand and will be controlled respectively by a French crew and a German crew Peugeot.
Each crew consists of four gentlemen driver, motor sport amateurs, experienced pilots and confidants of the mark, including Jean-Philippe Peugeot, Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PSA, Stéphane Caillet, technician chassis, Cyrus Ayari, and Oliver Perez trade framework under Marketing Peugeot.
This participation will develop the sporty character of RCZ marketed in Europe from April.
A static model of the car that will race the 24 Hours Nürburgring is being presented during the testing of RCZ and international media will be exhibited from April 12 to "Peugeot Avenue 'Champs-Elysees in Paris. It will also be presented at the 21st lounge convertible, coupe and SUV at the Porte de Versailles from April 9 to April 11, 2010.