Frankfurt preview: Peugeot 308 Racing Cup

August 30, 2015
Paris-based Peugeot has announced that it will display a new race car called 308 Racing Cup at next month’s Frankfurt Motor Show.

As its name implies, the Racing Cup is based on the regular 308, a Volkswagen Golf-sized hatchback that’s one of Peugeot’s best-selling models in Europe. Designed and built by Peugeot Sport, the hatchback is powered by an evolution of the 308 GTi‘s turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes over 308 horsepower thanks to a large turbocharger borrowed from the 208 T16 race car.

Power is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox controlled by steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, and six-piston brake calipers keep the power in check. Although Peugeot has not published performance specifications, 308 horsepower should be plenty in a stripped-out hatchback that tips the scale at roughly 2,300 pounds.

Outside, the Racing Cup gets bigger bumpers on both ends, flared wheel arches and an oversized WTCC-spec rear wing. It rides on model-specific 18-inch alloy wheels, while the cockpit is equipped with a full roll cage and Sparco bucket seats.

Far from a simple design study, the Peugeot 308 Racing Cup will go on sale across Europe late next year. It will gradually replace the RCZ Racing Cup in one-make series and in international series like the VLN in Germany, the CER in Spain, and the BGDC in Belgium.

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