Team Peugeot Total aims high with new 208 WRX
Fresh from its success on the Dakar Rally, Team Peugeot Total is now aiming for the top in a brand-new adventure: the FIA World Rallycross Championship. To celebrate its first year in the spectacular sport as a full factory entry, the Peugeot Sport team is preparing a 2018 version of the Peugeot 208 WRX, which has already shown plenty of potential in rallycross since making its competitive debut in 2014.
There will be three official Team Peugeot Total drivers on the 12-round World RX this year: the legendary nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb, rallycross frontrunner Timmy Hansen, and his fearless younger brother Kevin Hansen. The Swedes both represent the ‘next generation’ – part of the most successful family dynasty in the history of the sport -and will benefit from Loeb’s driving experience.
A new Peugeot 208 WRX has been prepared for 2018, which will be updated throughout the season, with step by step upgrades. The aim is simple: to score as many points as possible from the beginning of the season in a bid to claim the drivers’ and teams’ championships, adding to Peugeot’s off-road motorsport history.
While Loeb and Timmy Hansen will get to drive the new-specification 2018 car, Kevin Hansen will stick with an evolution of the 2017 car. The developments that will be brought to the latest-generation 560-horsepower Peugeot 208 WRX are designed to make it more powerful and driveable. Not only is it faster and lighter but it’s also easier to drive, with a more reactive feel and better torque.
To this ends, the Peugeot Sport engineering team has worked intensively on aerodynamics to increase performance, with the car featuring a new wing and a new rear bumper from the start of the year. Mechanically, apart from engine evolutions, the new car also has revised front suspension, dampers and bigger wheels, as well as a faster gearshift and new roll cage. The result is a visually striking rallycross challenger with a strong resemblance to the best-selling Peugeot 208 road car on which it is based.