Paris 2012: Peugeot 208 Type R5 Rally Car [Live Photos]
It features a 1.6-liter engine, which puts out 280 hp, which are sent to all four wheels via a five-speed sequential gearbox. This gives the R5 “slightly higher than that of the S2000”, as Bertrand Vallat, the project director said. He added: "Based on an optimisation of costs [. . .] 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. In addition, a certain number of components of the vehicle must be similar. The hub carrier is a perfect example. All four must be identical. This makes operation considerably easier and limits costs and stocking."
The car weights just over 1,200 kg, and with the 18-inch wheels fitted, it is ideally setup for tarmac use, though it has been designed to work well on gravel and other loose surfaces, as well.
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