Now for more Nürburgring 24hours endurance race news. Two Peugeot RCZs will take part in the Nürburgring 24 hours which will be held on the 15th and 16th of May 2010. This race is coincidentally held on the weekend when Peugeot celebrates its 200 years anniversary. Imagine that, the Peugeot brand has been around for 200 years. Of course in 1810 Peugeot was a coffee mill company in France and it was only in 1898 they started building cars. Of course, in those days it was easy to change business. Try imagining that Starbucks suddenly decides to do the same in 2010 and decides to build cars instead of brew coffee. The business practice those days was easier I suppose.
To mark the release of the Peugeot RCZ, and the bi-centennial celebration stated above, Peugeot will participate for the first time to 24 hours of Nürburgring. So this event will be historical for Peugeot for three things; the launch of a sporty new car, the 200 year anniversary from coffee milling to automobile manufacturing; and competing in the prestigious Nürburgring 24hour endurance race for the first time. The popular annual race is regularly attended by around 220 000 spectators. Peugeot reckons that the exposure will contribute to the sporting nature of the RCZ and the brand in whole.
Both RCZ be numbered 200 and 201, to symbolize the 200 years of Peugeot's industrial adventure from coffee miller to car manufacture and will be driven by a French and a German team respectively.
Each team will consist of four drivers, from various motoring backgrounds; motor sport amateurs, experienced drivers and top Peugeot executives, including Jean-Philippe Peugeot, Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Board of PSA, Stéphane Caillet, chassis technician, Cyrus Ayari, and Oliver Perez under Peugeot Marketing.
And finally, as with most manufacturers nowadays the green theme runs deeply in Peugeot. The RCZs will compete in the D1T, diesel category where the engine capacity is between 1700cc and 2000cc. Peugeot's racing RCZs will run their 2.0 liter HDi FAP which produces 200 bhp (and should have at least 350-400Nm of torque according to my estimates. The cars are basically stock, with the exception of race safety equipment, different shocks and springs and of course racing slicks. The race basically showcases the oil sipping diesels and supposedly proves to the world that diesels are fast yet economical.The only downside I can see, or actually hear is the noise a diesel race engine makes. Practically no 'race car noises'. I've heard a BMW diesel race car before and it sounds so lame compared to the petrol powered one. They just hum slightly louder than normal and there's no banshee-like wail or anything like that. What would you expect when a diesel usually redlines at around 5,000rpm. Anyway, that's just my opinion, which should make even a dent in anyone's train of thought especially a company like Peugeot.