Peugeot’s world beating 206 is now the ‘choice of would-be champions’ at rally schools at Octagon Motorsports’ Silverstone and Brands Hatch circuits.
The Peugeot 206, which has enjoyed outstanding success so far in this year’s World Rally Championship, and won last year’s manufacturer’s title, is set to school tomorrow’s rally stars. Silverstone and Brands Hatch have each taken delivery of 12 206 XSs (24 cars in total), based on the 206 Super Cup car, and will be operated by Octagon Motorsports, which runs the schools at both racetracks.
Chris Epstein, Group Engineering Manager at Octagon says: "The cars have been stripped to their bare shell and completely rebuilt as rally cars, incorporating full roll cages and a fire safety system, sport seats and harnesses as well as other components including a more robust close ratio rally gearbox and rally suspension set up.
"With demand for rally schooling increasing both for the serious enthusiast, corporate/incentive days and as a gift purchase, the Peugeot 206 will help many to ‘live their dream’, and might well ‘discover’ the rally stars of the future."
Darren Smith, fleet marketing manager at Peugeot says: "With Peugeot’s rallying success particularly over the last two years, it makes sense to raise our profile and awareness of the 206 by introducing these cars as teaching vehicles, giving Octagon the opportunity to appeal to every motorist with a Richard Burns or Marcus Grönholm talent inside them."
The 206s have replaced 16 Peugeot 106s which have been used by the school for the last two years, and are due to operate at both circuits for the next three years.Published 27 September 2002