For the first time, eight European countries; the UK, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Belgium, Switzerland and the Netherlands, will all launch a driver recruitment campaign on the internet with the winners taking part in a racing experience.
Peugeot is inviting race licensed drivers, from eighteen years of age, to register on the internet, between 16th January and 3rd February 2013. They then will have the chance to drive the new 208 GTi model in the Nurburgring 24 Hour Race, held in May 2013.
The track will be a challenge even for the most experienced drivers – the 13 mile-long Nurburgring was once described as ‘Green Hell’ by ex-F1 driver Jackie Stewart because of its difficult corners and dangerous turns.
The drivers must hold a valid full driving license and have held a national (Grade A) or International Race Driver Competition License for at least two years.
They will get behind the wheel of a Peugeot 208 GTI, the spiritual successor to the iconic 205 GTI. Revealed last year, the 208 GTI uses a powerful 200bhp 1.6-litre engine and can reach 62mph from standing in less than seven seconds.
To participate in the national pre-selections, which takes place between 18th and 28th February 2013, potential candidates must be amongst the first 400, in their respective countries, to register on their website.
The five winning candidates from each national pre-selection event will then be assessed on March 4th 2013 during an international final – to be held at the La Ferte Gaucher circuit in France.
Then, from the forty national winners, eight entrants, one from each of the participating nations, will be selected to drive the Peugeot 208 GTi in the previously-mentioned Nurburgring 24 Hour Race.
The new Peugeot 208 GTi Sport has been specially developed for the endurance event by Peugeot Sport, using the latest technology designed for the 208 R2, 208 Type R5 and RCZ Racing Cup.
The 208 GTi racing experience celebrates the launch of the eagerly awaited Peugeot 208 GTi, which goes on sale in the UK in mid-April. Through this innovative and exciting competition, Peugeot Sport will deliver an experience of a lifetime in the new 208 GTi, for one lucky UK winner.
Follow the link to the Perrys Peugeot dealership page to view the latest Peugeot 208 models and perhaps purchase one for yourself.