While Jack will be racing in the Super One Karting series during 2017, the long term goal is to compete at the highest level in rallying, and over the off season, he’ll be taking part in a specific winter driving course in Norway to prepare him for a wider range of conditions and improve his skills.
A key part of Jack’s preparation for rallying has been to familiarise him with the type of car that he will be driving in the senior series. With this in mind, we have acquired a factory spec Peugeot 208 R2 Rally Car which he is using to test in North Wales.
Although the car looks like a regular road going 208, under the skin, it’s a different beast entirely, providing the perfect basis for Jack to hone his skills.
The Peugeot 208 R2 delivers 185 BHP at 7800RPM compared to 67HP from the regular model. This increased power comes from a 1.6l engine that has been tuned to rev higher. A Magneti-Marelli indirect fuel injection system provides faster delivery of power thanks to the fly by wire design.
Control is essential for racing on loose surfaces. The R2 has a limited Slip Diff on the front wheels and a 5 speed manual gearbox that is cooled through a dedicated intake on the bonnet. To deliver the power smoothly, a 184mm ceramic clutch connects the engine to the transmission, providing fast gear changes and ensure that power is delivered to the wheels.
Despite running in race trim, the car is 30KG lighter than the standard road going version. This weight saving was achieved despite the larger engine, uprated suspension, and more robust gearbox. The interior of the car is totally stripped with lightweight Sparco racing seats, and a full FIA approved roll cage for increased stiffness and safety.
Opting for the factory spec R2 will give Jack a solid foundation for rallying in 2018.