Peugeot unveils new 307 WRC

Peugeot has released the first pictures of its new 307 WRC challenger that will replace the hugely successful 206 from next season. The machine is based on the 307 Coupe Cabriolet, and will be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show next month

Peugeot unveils new 307 WRC

The 307 WRC has been in development for 15 months, and first ran on Christmas Eve 2002. Since then, the machine has gone through an extensive programme of private running, with test drivers Cedric Robert and Andrea Aghini completing much of the running. Both world champion Marcus Gronholm and Subaru-bound Richard Burns have been behind the wheel of the car.

"Everything in this car is new," a team insider told WRC.com. "Nothing has been carried over from the current 206. The engine, suspension, gearbox, everything - they're all new parts designed for the car."

The car features an all-new five speed transverse gearbox, and an all-new 300bhp, 2-litre engine. A launch date for the car has yet to be set, but Peugeot team boss Corrado Provera is planning to have the car ready for the start of next season.

"It is our target to have the car ready for next year's Monte Carlo Rally," he told WRC.com. "Whether the car starts next year is not our decision - that is a decision which will be taken by Peugeot managing director Frederic Saint-Geours, not by Peugeot Sport."

The decision to develop the car on the top-of-the-range 307 Coupe Cabriolet was made by Peugeot management and its Marketing department. However, the folding roof from the road car has been fixed in place on the rally version.

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