Yesterday, we showed you teaser images of the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak, which will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in June. Now we have a video and pics of the fully revealed racer. The monster 208 will be driven by none other than living rally legend Sébastien Loeb in the event’s top level Unlimited class.
This year marks the French team’s return to the classic American event after memorable victories there in 1988 and 1989. A winged Peugeot 405 T16 was terrorising the Colorado hill back then, with Ari Vatanen and Robby Unser respectively winning behind the wheel.
The 156-corner “Race to the Clouds” 20 km route is now entirely asphalt. The start line is located at an altitude of 2,800 metres, which means that competitors face an altitude difference of some 1,500 metres.
Meanwhile, the lack of oxygen is a challenge not only for the car engines – which can lose up to 30% of their power – but also for the drivers who must remained fully focused. Rhys Millen won last year’s climb in his Hyundai Genesis Coupe.
No specs of the 208 T16 were released, but among the details we can pick out are a carbon-fibre body with flared wheelarches, side exhaust, roof scoop and a big rear wing. The stripped-out, roll-caged, no-nonsense interior houses a carbon-fibre racing seat, a steering wheel flanked by shift paddles and a digital readout.
We were lucky to have covered the event live last year – read our Pikes Peak coverage here.