French automaker Peugeot has been a staple in the rally scene for as long as we can remember. So when word leaks out that they’re planning to reveal their next generation rally car, people tend to take notice.
Needless to say, the 208 Type R5 has some pretty big shoes to fill in large part because its successor, the 207 Super 2000, rang up championships – three IRC drivers and manufacturers titles – during its time at the IRC.
The 208 Type R5 is still far from a finished product as technical regulations from the racing series have yet to be finalized, thus giving the French automaker enough time to work out all the kinks in time for its season debut next year at the IRC.
As far as expectations are concerned, though, Peugeot is shooting for the stars. Bertrand Vallat, the Type R5’s project leader, said: “The regulations impose, among other things, a maximum price for certain parts and technical limitations such as a minimum weight of components of the chassis and engine.”
“We are aiming for performance which is slightly higher than S2000,” he adds.