Ahead of the opening round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, Sebastien Loeb and Timmy Hansen have taken the wraps off the all-new, 2017-configuration Peugeot 208 WRX which proudly boasts a bold new livery and a strikingly aggressive look.
The 2017 Peugeot 208 WRX has evolved in several ways in relation to its predecessor. Every aspect of the car has been re-evaluated, but the major changes have taken place underneath the bonnet, with the introduction of a one-piece engine sump.
The 208 WRX is now at the maximum permissible width, with revised bodywork that incorporates various new aerodynamic elements. Particularly close attention has naturally been paid to the suspension and dampers as well.
The fast-approaching 2017 season promises to be competitive and thrilling in equal measure, with Audi and Volkswagen pledging manufacturer backing, joining Peugeot and Ford who are both already officially committed to the championship. Loeb and Hansen have been tasked with scoring points for Team Peugeot Hansen at each of the 12 rounds on the calendar which will visit 3 different continents and wind up in South Africa in mid-November.
Alongside this dream team, reigning European Rallycross Champion Hansen will contest the complete World Championship for the first time. Having been crowned ‘Rookie of the Year’ in 2016 by the FIA, the 18-year-old is eager to continue his rallycross apprenticeship in the top flight in his ‘2016 plus’-specification 208.