Peugeot 208 Type R5 Teaser with Rally Legend Ari Vatanen [Video]
Vatanen won five world rallies in a row, from the 1000 Lakes Rally to 1985 Swedish Rally but later that year suffered a major accident that almost killed him. He made a full recovery and even raced a Peugeot 405 at pikes peak.
The French carmaker wants to recapture some of that lost zest and has launched a cool teaser featuring Ari and the brand new 208 Type R5 rally car. The Swede is now a politician, but strips off his tie and jacket to reveal the fire-resistant racing suit underneath.
"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," said Bertrand Vallat, the project director for the 208 Type R5 said.