Peugeot is ready for the 2018 TCR season with a new racer 308 TCR, evolved from the 308 Racing Cup and based on the road-legal 308 GTi.
Like the road car, it’s powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged inline-four. Only here, Peugeot Sport has managed to squeeze out 345bhp and 310lb ft of torque. The heavily-boosted four-pot puts its power to the front wheels exclusively via a six-speed sequential gearbox, which is stronger than the one you’ll find the the Racing Cup.
As is made abundantly clear in these images, the track of the 308 TCR is significantly wider than the road car’s. On the suspension menu you’ll also find adjustable anti-roll bars front and back, an adjustable ride height, and adjustable camber.
The wheel arches have been widened significantly to accommodate the track increase, while at the front you’ll find a new front bumper designed to aid airflow to the radiator and intercooler, plus a big splitter. At the back there’s a new diffuser, and – of course – a giant wing.
Touching the pavement are the 270/65 tires, wrapped around the specific 18-inch wheels, whereas stopping power is provided by the 378x34mm ventilated discs at the front, with 6-piston calipers, and 270x12mm discs at the rear, with 2-piston calipers.
Peugeot has already started taking orders for the new 308 TCR, which costs €109,000 ($131,256) before taxes. All racers will be shipped fully assembled, and the first customers will take delivery from April, this year. No, these kind of racing cars are not sold in Indian markets unfortunately.