Peugeot Spider Cup Monza preview

THP SPIDER CUP: NEW BLOOD FOR 2008 The 2008 Spider THP features a long list of technical developments and new drivers as the second season prepares to kick off on April 26 at Monza as curtain-raiser to Italy's round of the LMS. Despite its...


The 2008 Spider THP features a long list of technical developments and new drivers as the second season prepares to kick off on April 26 at Monza as curtain-raiser to Italy's round of the LMS.

Despite its busy schedule, Peugeot Sport's technical team has put in a significant amount of work to ensure that this year's Spider THP delivers even greater racing enjoyment for participants. Indeed, the latter can now adjust the set-up of their respective cars to suit their individual driving style without detracting from the Spider's acclaimed reliability or from the championship's level playing field. Meanwhile, thanks to work on the mapping, turbo settings and inlet air cooling, the 1.6 THP engine still mated to a six-speed sequential gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle-shift controls now delivers 220bhp compared with 175bhp in 2007. Also new is extra rear downforce for improved aerodynamic balance, while work on the steering has enhanced the feedback of information from the track to the driver and braking has been uprated to match the engine's new characteristics. Last but not least, drivers now have the possibility of working on the set-up of their car with the help of data acquisition. The 2008 update kit is free to those drivers who contested the series in 2007 and who have decided to try their hand again this year. For newcomers, the Spider THP comes at a pre-tax price of 45,000.

A field of around 20 entrants is poised to profit from the in-depth work carried out by Peugeot Sport and their numbers are expected to rise further still for the second round of the series which will form part of the WTCC meeting at Pau, France. The exciting 2008 calendar features eight two-race rounds incorporated in such prestigious meetings as the Le Mans Series, the FIA GT Championship, the WTCC, France's Super Serie FFSA and the Rencontres Peugeot Sport.

A total prize-fund of 108,600 is available over the course of the year and the 2008 champion will win a production 207 CC, plus a test drive in the 908 HDi FAP. The runner-up will walk away with a 207 SW, while the third-placed driver will secure a 207 RC. The other top-ten finishers will share prize-money of 48,000.

Dino Lunardi will undoubtedly remember his test day with the 908 HDi FAP for many years to come. In addition to the test, the Peugeot Nimes-backed driver also took part in a physical fitness programme with the 908's usual drivers and spent a day at Peugeot Sport's premises to familiarise himself with the car and team in readiness for his 55 laps of the HTTT circuit at Paul Ricard, France, at the wheel of the 2007 LMS-winning prototype. He then played a part in the development of the new Spider THP and the result of that work saw him express the wish to take part as a non-championship contender in the opening round at Monza. He consequently stands out as the main favourites for the inaugural fixture of 2008. The Frenchman will be joined on the grid by some familiar faces from last year, namely Gregory Guilvert, Benoit Lison and Marcel Sciabbarrasi from France, Briton Simon Moulton, Germany's Oliver Freymuth and lady driver Marlene Broggi. The experience of these six drivers will certainly come in useful against this season's newcomers, many of whom have already made a name for themselves in other Peugeot Sport championships, including Julien Beltoise, winner of the 2007206RCC Cup, Alexandre Rambure, who was the best youngster in the 206RCC Cup, David Pouget, last season's 207 LW THP Cup winner, and Alexandre Albouy, the best-placed junior in the 207 LW THP Cup.

The season will also have a distinct female touch to it, since Marlene Broggi will be joined by Corentine Quiniou and Justine Monnier in the fight for the Lady's Award. Other drivers to keep a close eye on in 2008 include Frederic Bry, Jean-Charles Miginiac, motor racing rookie Gael Castelli, and race preparation specialist Jean-Claude Lompech.

Tubular chassis: Based on the ACO's LMP1 and LMP2 regulations, notably concerning the roll
cage. The rear of the car is redolent of the sport-prototype cars of the 1970s, with a short engine
cowling and no rear wing.
Engine: mid-rear 1.6 THP (1,598cc), transversely mounted.
Power: 220bhp.
Gearbox: six-speed sequential dog engagement gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle-
shift controls.
Tyres: Michelin 21/65/18 (slicks: S8B; wet weather tyres: P2C.
Weight: 765kg

Type 1.6 litre THP EP6 DTS
Position Rear - Central transverse
Capacity 1598 cm"
Number of cylinders 4
Number of valves 16
Power 160 kW - 220 bhp 5800 rpm
Torque (Nm) 250 Nm to 1600 rpm from 4500 rpm
Maximum engine speed 6700 rpm
Injection Direct fuel injection Magneti Marelli
Bore / Stroke 77 mm x 85.8 mm
Compression ratio 10,5
Cylinder head Twin overhead camshafts
Turbo charger Twin Scroll 2Throttle body Single butterfly
Ignition One coil per cylinder

Mode Drive
Clutch Mechanism from the 207 RC - Metallic composite disc
Gearbox Sadev ST 75-14 with 6-speeds and "dog rings" Sequential control mounted on the steering wheel
Differential Auto locking - Four discs

Structure Tubular space frame
Suspension Front / Rear Double wishbone with spring damper units and tie rods BRAKES / STEERING
Brakes Front Ventilated discs with a diameter of 330 x 30 mm Double piston caliper
Brakes Rear Ventilated discs with a diameter of 283 x 26 mm Single piston caliper
Steering Specific Spider THP power assisted rack and pinion
Wheels Aluminium monobloc 8'' x 18''
Tyres 21/65/18 : Slicks S8B - Wets P2C

Length 4131 mm
Width 1854 mm
Wheelbase 2600 mm
Front track 1505 mm
Rear track 1615 mm
Minimum weight 765 kg
Fuel tank capacity 60 litres

-credit: peugeot

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Series European Le Mans , General
Drivers Jean-Charles Mignac , Dino Lunardi , Marlène Broggi , Corentine Quiniou , Grégory Guilvert , Oliver Freymuth , Marcel Sciabbarrasi