If you thought the Peugeot 208 GTi we brought you a few days ago was pretty quick you’ll love the specs on this Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak hillclimb challenger. The French firm are returning to the American hillclimb event after 14 years with an impressive looking machine supported by Red Bull.
The latest version of the 208, which 9 time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb will be taking up the mountain, has an all-carbon bodykit. Loeb will be able to get into his new rally car from either door as the driver’s seat is centrally mounted to aid visibility up the twists and turns of the challenging mountain course.
The Peugeot 208 T16 doesn’t share much more than the name with the 208 production car. The engine is mid-mounted and “Its proportions are very different to those of the production 208″ as Michael Trouvé from Peugeot’s Styling Centre told explained at the car’s launch.
The T16 is going to be campaigned in the Unlimited Class so there’s plenty of horsepower under the bonnet. As the course is now paved after 89 events on dirt, speeds on the 156 corner 12.42 mile course are very fast for a hillclimb. That will be no problem for Loeb who has won many tarmac rallies and now campaigns a self-entered McLaren MP4-12 C in the FIA GT Championship, after winning the 2012 French GT Championship.
This year’s event will be Leob’s first attempt at the “Race to the Clouds”, as the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb is known, and Peugeot is hoping he can take them to victory for the first time since 1989.