Peugeot RCZ R Flips, Nearly Crashes into Spectators at Franche-Comte Rally

It seems the last weekend of March was a tough one for many forms of motorsport, not just the VLN series. During the 35th edition of the Rallye Regional de Franche-Comte, a Peugeot RCZ R crashed and nearly killed spectators gathered to see the show.
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On a damp road, the French sports coupe lost grip, veered off the road and flipped over multiple times. We searched and could find a better view of the crash, but the person who filmed the video assures us that nobody got hurt. What's interesting is that various reports have emerged suggesting the first pass was not timed, so the driver didn't have to push the car.

The accident is quite serious, as the RCZ R flips multiple times towards spectators who are sitting down. But they somehow manage to escape just in time and the crew of the car is unharmed as well.

All sorts of rally cars could be seen at the Franche-Comte, including old BMWs, Renault Clios and plenty of other hot hatches. And yet the one with the lion emblem is among the most interesting. It's not just another Peugeot, but the RCZ R rally car, technically the fastest production car made in France, now that Bugatti stopped making the Veyron.

Not only does it have cool racing graphics, but also boasts a very impressive 1.6-liter engine, which was boosted from 270 hp all the way to 300. The interior has been stripped down to its bare minimum and Sparco racing seats have been installed. Fully adjustable suspension and sticky rubber should keep all that power in check, with help from a limited slip differential. And yet none of that help here.

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Mihnea's favorite cars have already been built, the so-called modern classics from the '80s and '90s. He also loves local car culture from all over the world, so don't be surprised to see him getting excited about weird Japanese imports, low-rider VWs out of Germany, replicas from Russia or LS swaps down in Florida.
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