Peugeot has pulled the sheet off its track only 308 Racing Cup, ahead of an official stage appearance at the Frankfurt motor show next month. Despite its familiar 308 looks and 1.6-litre engine, the Racing Cup shares little in common with the updated road going GTi which will be available in Australia early next year.
The 308 Racing Cup will be available worldwide towards the end of 2016, and Peugeot intends to replace its RCZ Racing Cup with the little track monster in competitions such as VLN in Germany, CER in Spain, CITE in Italy, BGDC in Belgium and endurance championships like the 24H Series. While there’s no official price yet, the RCZ Racing Cup, which it replaces, was available for around $90,000 AUD.
Weight has been kept to a paltry 1000kg thanks to removal of any creature comforts and the use of polycarbonate windows all-around except for the front. Style Peugeot is responsible for designing its more aggressive look including an enormous rear spoiler inspired from the WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) regulations and more aerodynamically efficient front and rear bumpers.
Flared wheel arches add 106mm to the body to accommodate 18-inch alloys with wider Michelin rubber slicks (or wets), while six-piston calipers inside the wheel offer sharper braking.
A six-speed sequential gearbox replaces the GTi’s six-speed manual and drive is sent to the wheels up front through a track-focused differential. Suspension is fully adjustable and competitors will be able to quickly change settings on the track thanks to three pneumatic hoists located on the car’s chassis.
The 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine from the GTi has been used in the Racing Cup, with modifications done at PSA Peugeot Citroen’s Vélizy Technical Centre including swapping turbos for the larger unit found on the 208 T16 Pikes Peak car. In current form the power has increased from 200kW in the GTi engine to 227kW in the Racing Cup version, with torque figures not yet available.
Peugeot’s 308 Racing Cup might provide some inspiration for tuning outfits and while the 308 is certainly a little larger than the famous 205 GTi of days gone by, we’re hoping the French manufacturer has a new cult car in the making.
For the now, enjoy the scenes and sounds of what should be a highly competitive touring car.