Peugeot Sport will unveil their new 208 Rally 4 next weekend, the turbocharged successor to their normally aspirated R2. This will take place at Rally Comunidad de Madrid RACE 2019 on November 22-23, based in the hills north of the Jarama circuit. The model is named “Rally 4” to comply with the FIA’s directive to emphasize the downwards numerical vehicular progression by using the number 1 to signify the highest performing discipline in the sport. The car is due to be driven by new FIA ERC Junior champion, Efren Llarena, who won the 2019 title in a normally aspirated 208 R2. The 208 Rally 4 will bring further energy into the R2 category, currently restricted at international level to 1.6 litre normally aspirated Peugeots and 1.0 litre Fiesta R2Ts. There are occasional entries from old 1.6 litre normally aspirated Opel Adam R2 cars. The proposed new Peugeot will have a 1.2 litre turbo engine, giving similar output (around 200bhp) to the smaller engined Fiestas. It has been the subject of testing through the year by Sainteloc Racing and Peugeot Rally Academy with French asphalt champion Yohan Rossel. After homologation, customers are expected to start receiving deliveries early in 2020. Peugeot Sport say that the new version car will be fitted with a 1.2 litre turbocharged three cylinder Pure Tech engine, and will be lighter than their previous R2 car, of which over 450 examples were built. Note: Rally 4 is not to be confused with the existing R4 category for modified Group N cars, or the R4-Kit formula promoted by Oreca!
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