The Peugeot 207 Spider shares the same model code as the 207 hatchback and its derivatives, but in actuality has nothing much in common with the rest of the 207 range. It is a Le Mans Prototype-style racer build with a tubular frame chassis, and meets IAF LMP1 and LMP2 regulations.
The Spider’s tubular frame chassis consists of three main parts for easy repairability, and the engine and gearbox is installed in the rear with a transverse layout. The engine used is the turbocharged 1.6 litre PSA-BMW Prince engine, or the EP6DTS in Peugeot terminology, tuned to produce 175 horsepower at 5,800rpm, the same as the MINI Cooper S and the 308 GT THP 175. This engine is mated to a Sadev ST 74-14 6-speed dog teeth sequential gearbox with a 207RC-based sintered metal disc clutch mechanism, and shifting is via paddles on the steering wheel.
Most of the components used to build the Peugeot 207 Spider are off the shelf components from existing Peugeot cars. For example, the front and rear hub carriers are modified from the ones used on the 407, and so are the disc brakes and brake calipers. The radiator and intercooler is from the 207 GTi THP 175, the steering column is from the Peugeot 206, and the steering is from the Peugeot 407.
Bodyworks are divided into 9 individual parts to reduce repair costs. Two diffusers help improve road holding – one at the bonnet forward of the front wheels, and the other at the rear of the car, separated by a wide, flat underfloor covering that covers the entire underside of the car.
The 720kg racecar was designed to be driven in single class categories, and I was informed that a prominent person in the motorsports industry has bought 15 units for a new one make race here in Malaysia, more details on this will be revealed once an official announcement has been made.
One make races are rather interesting because the race car model is standardized and only minimal modifications can be made to each car, so the outcome on the race is pretty much dependent on driver skill. The standard Bosch ECU on the EP6DTS has been modified to prevent reprogramming or modifications.
A unit of the Peugeot 207 Spider is currently on display at the Peugeot Auto Fair at the Glenmarie Blue Box. More photos of the Peugeot 207 Spider after the jump.
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