Team PEUGEOT Total is all geared up for the 2018 World Rallycross Championship
Team PEUGEOT Total raced to victory in the sand dunes of South America at the Dakar Rally. Now, it is all set to take on the world as it enters the 2018 season of the World Rallycross Championship (WRX) with three outstanding drivers, the latest version of the Peugeot 208 WRX and a world-class engineering team behind it. Could this be the year Team PEUGEOT Total brings home the WRX Championship?
The lead driver this year will be none other than nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb. He will be joined by the Swedish duo Timmy and Kevin Hansen. The Hansen brothers, who hail from Sweden’s most successful racing family, represent the next generation of rally racers and are no doubt excited about leaving a mark on this year’s WRX.
This will also be the first time Team PEUGEOT Total is competing in the WRX as one of the factory teams, racing alongside EKS Audi Sport and PSRX Volkswagen Sweden. To mark the occasion, PEUGEOT SPORT, the motorsport division of Peugeot S.A., is preparing a 2018 version of the Peugeot 208 WRX and will be updating it as the season progresses.
So, what’s so great about the 2018 version of Peugeot’s 208 WRX? Not only is the car lighter and faster than before, it is also easier to drive, with a reactive feel and a better torque. Sebastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen - the lucky ones who’ll get to drive the 2018 edition - will be happy to know that the car’s aerodynamics have been reworked to increase performance, with a new wing and rear bumper, available right from the start of the season. The car’s 560-horsepower turbocharged petrol engine will also use a Total lubricant that is adapted to race conditions to maximize engine performance. Visually, the new 2018 Peugeot 208 WRX has an eye-catching look and it will surely be a treat to watch the car take on the best in the world.
Sebastien Loeb is enthusiastic about the team’s chances. “PEUGEOT coming in as a factory team was exactly what was needed to take things up a level and enable us to fight for the championship,” the nine-time World Rally Champion said. We’ll have to wait and see if Sebastien Loeb’s enthusiasm and experience pays off. With a car that will be continually updated as the season progresses and a healthy mix of experience and youth on the roster, there are strong hopes that Team PEUGEOT Total could finish the year the same way it started it - on the podium!