Two Peugeot RCZ sports cars will mark the French car maker’s return to Mount Panorama at next year’s Bathurst 12 Hour endurance race.
Making its first factory-backed return to the iconic mountain circuit since 1992, the two Peugeot Sport Peugeot RCZ race cars, will be the only factory-based competitors to take part in the 2013 event.
Three French drivers, Stephane Caillet, Bruce Jouanny and Julien Rueflin, will drive one car, while a group of local drivers yet to be announced will share the second car.
Developed over the past two years, the two Bathurst cars are powered by a tuned version of the Peugeot RCZ’s 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine delivering 190kW of power and 290Nm of torque. Modifications to the suspension, aerodynamics and fuel tanks join other race-focused changes to reduce the car’s weight by 120kg.
The new Peugeot RCZ race cars will compete in a new Invitational Class for cars up to 1600cc when the 2013 Bathurst 12 Hour kicks off on February 8-10.