Following its unveiling at the 2012 Paris Motor Show in September, the 208 Type R5 met its first objective when it successfully took part in its first test programme before the end of 2012.
The Peugeot 208 is consequently the first car built in compliance with the FIA's latest 'R5' regulations to have broken cover and turned a wheel.
The replacement of the 207 Super 2000 was put through its paces on a gravel stage in the southeast of France (Riboux) where it completed a four-day programme in the hands of Bryan Bouffier/Xavier Panseri.
"That first run was a key step which is now behind us," says Alexis Avril, technical manager of Peugeot Sport's customer competition department.
Choosing gravel for last week's test was the logical option. There are a high number of components that will be used for both types of surface, so our aim was to evaluate their strength on the tougher of the two. At a later stage, we will begin to focus on the suspension and the turbocharged engine which are the two chief factors of the global performance package. The development work in both these areas will be carried out directly by Peugeot Sport."
Bryan Bouffier: "The car felt good out of the box. I was happy with its overall balance and I was comfortable behind the wheel. It seems to be a strong basic car and I particularly liked the turbocharged engine which delivers plenty of torque. That makes it easy to use, and that's a big asset on loose surfaces."