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2002 Peugeot RC Concept

2002 Peugeot RC Concept

2002 Peugeot RC Concept

The RC concepts are the first step towards a Peugeot two-seater supercar. The RC Spade and RC Diamond are the first production worthy concepts peugeot have released in the last couple years. The two cars are virtually identical, except for the engines, one of which is diesel.

Empahsis during design was on lightweight construction. This is evident from the cabon fibre monocoque and ceramic disk brakes. The lightweight construction is neccessary with the modest 170 HP fed from the 2 liter engine.

The powertrain is rather unusual. The small inline-4 engine sits transversly directly overtop the rear axle. While this eliminates the need for a driveshaft, weight distribution is the first item which Peugeot have not addressed.

The RC concepts are a welcome change from the usual, unusual concepts Peugeot have been pushing. A step towards production worthy concepts may see the Peugeot line become more dynamic to suit the needs of the sports-car market.

In Detail

submitted by Richard Owen
engine Inline-4
position RearTransverse
valvetrain DOHC, 4 Valves per Cyl
displacement 1997 cc / 121.9 in³
power 133 kw / 178.4 bhp
specific output 89.33 bhp per litre
bhp/weight bhp per tonne
body / frame Carbon Fibre & Honeycomb Monocoque
front tires Michelin Pilot 245/45R18
rear tires Michelin Pilot 245/45R18
front brakes Ceramic Discs
f brake size mm / in
rear brakes Ceramic Discs
r brake size mm / in
f suspension Double Wishbones
r suspension Double Wishbones
curb weight 900 kg / 1984 lbs
wheelbase 2800 mm / 110.2 in
front track 1600 mm / 63.0 in
rear track 1500 mm / 59.1 in
length 4300 mm / 169.3 in
width 1800 mm / 70.9 in
height 1150 mm / 45.3 in
transmission 6-Speed Manual w/Electro-Hydrualic Actuation
gear ratios :1
top speed ~230 kph / 142.9 mph
0 – 60 mph ~5.9 seconds