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Spanish driver Jose Suarez went back to the old model Peugeot 208T16 for his final appearance in the Peugeot Rally Academy programme, at Wales Rally GB.  

The pre Evo model features a hydraulic power steering system which Suarez prefers to the more recent electrical system of the latest model.  

The change was introduced in order to install a differently located intercooler, which improves under bonnet cooling and takes advantage of the reduced power loss of the electrical system, but has been troublesome.  

Peugeot hope to have the chance to introduce a second Evo version of the 208T16 to overcome the problems, and is in discussion with the FIA about how to circumvent the limit on the number of available “joker” changes for homologation for their car.  

Suarez has had an unhappy reason, his best result being sixth position in WRC2 at Monte Carlo, with the old model car.
 
- Martin Holmes 

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