With clear elements derived from motorsports, the Peugeot 308 Racing Cup is indeed a package that will satisfy even the most exacting and discerning of customers who seek performance and driving pleasure. Its stance, curves and aerodynamic finesse offer the first hint to the variant’s pedigree breeding. Based upon the 308 GTi by Peugeot SPORT, which is widely acclaimed for its assertive character, the 308 Racing Cup adds its own distinctive muscular look. The front and rear bumpers and front splitter are specific to the 308 Racing Cup and enhance its aerodynamic efficiency with an aggressive touch.
For its wider wheels to fit, the arches have been widened, endowing the Peugeot 308 Racing Cup with an unmistakeable athletic look. This is most notably suggested by its larger overall width which has been extended to 1, 910mm, 106mm more than the 308 GTi. The spoiler that will adorn the rear of the car takes its inspiration directly from the WTCC regulations. Similarly distinctive are its 18-inch wheel rims which can be fitted with either slick or wet-weather tyres.
The 1.6-liter THP engine is derived directly from the powerplant which drives the 308 GTi. The engine incorporates the turbo used for the 208T16, and the 308 Racing Cup has already surpassed the 308-horsepower threshold. Ongoing development work will offer the opportunity to produce even more potent and radical performance.
The Peugeot 308 Racing Cup similarly borrows elements of the suspension from its road-going counterpart, such as the pivots and rear beam. In other areas, in order to adapt the car for the racetrack, the engineers have opted for a number of specific parts, such as six-piston brake-callipers. Meanwhile, the six-speed sequential gearbox benefits from steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifters.
Overall weight of the 308 Racer has been slashed, with priority to design, and the car’s gross weight is estimated to fall between 1, 000kg – 1,050kg.
In the plans, Peugeot intends to send the 308 Racing Cup into the competitive environment of the marque’s one-make race series, replacing the RCZ Racing Cup. In addition, the race car will compete in saloon and sportscar racing series such as the VLN in Germany, CER in Spain, CITE in Italy and BGDC in Belgium, or even endurance championships like the 24H series.
The Peugeot 308 Racing Cup is scheduled to debut at the upcoming Frankfurt Motor Show, then slated to make its track debut at Paul Ricard in an exhibition event during the GT Tour finale, 24 – 25 October.
Peugeot 308 Racing Cup specifications
Length: 4, 288mm (not including WTCC-spec rear wing)
Width: 1, 910mm
Wheelbase: 2, 620mm
Specific front and rear bumpers and wings, front splitter and WTCC-spec rear wing
Engine Type: the 1.6-liter THP engine
Cubic capacity: 1, 600cc
Maximum power: at least 308hp
Exhaust diameter: 70mm
Fuel tank: standard
Fuel injection: direct, high pressure
Transmission: Six-speed sequential gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifters
Structure: body shell reinforced by multi-point welded FIA-standard roll cage
Body: specific front and rear bumpers and wings
Glazing: polycarbonate rear side windows and rear screen
Weight: minimum: 1, 000kg / maximum: 1, 050kg
Front/rear weight split: 63% / 37%
Adjustable toe/camber/ride-height/rear wing angle/dampers (compression and rebound)
Jack: three pneumatic hoists
Wheels/Tyres: 10” x 18” wheels/ Slick and wet weather tyres (27/65)