We usually think of racecars as being low-slung sport coupes with high performance engines, however Peugeot is prepping the new 308 Racing Cup as a different choice for racers in Europe. The hatchback is largely derived from the 308 GTi and is meant for smaller events like a one-make series or the VLN at the Nürburgring, CER in Spain, CITE in Italy, and BGDC in Belgium. Oh, and 24 hour races.
The heart of any racecar is its engine, and Peugeot starts with the stock 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the 308 GTi for the Racing Cup. The engineers then bolt on the turbo from the 208 T16 Pikes Peak car to reach 308 horsepower, a 38 hp-gain over the GTi. However the work isn’t finished yet, as the car is still in development and the team expects that even higher output is possible. This engine is mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox with steering-wheel mounted paddles.
The Racing Cup looks the part of a track weapon, too. The wide fenders make the racer 4.2 inches larger than regular 308s, and now fit 18-inch wheels. The ground-hugging front splitter and rear bumper help air flow, but the most obvious change is the massive, adjustable wing to keep things on track. The Racing Cup also gets upgrades like bigger brakes and an adjustable suspension, and the body is strengthened with a roll cage to meet FIA safety rules. The complete package is slated to weigh between 2,205 and 2,315 pounds.
Teams can’t take delivery of the Racing Cup until late 2016, but with development still ongoing, Peugeot is debuting the car at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. After the Frankfurt reveal, the Racing Cup makes its public track debut at Paul Ricard in late October.
Type: the 1.6-litre THP engine from the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT (turbocharger from the 208 T16)
Cubic capacity: 1,600cc
Maximum power: at least 308hp
Exhaust diameter: 70mm
Fuel tank: standard
Fuel injection: direct, high pressure
Six-speed sequential gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifters