Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak

The full specs of the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak racer are finally out in the open – on June 30, Sébastien Loeb will be in command of a 875 kg AWD machine bestowed with a mid-mounted 875 hp/883 Nm 3.2 litre twin-turbo V6.

Measuring 4.5 metres long, 2.0 metres wide and 1.3 metres tall, with a 2.7 metre wheelbase, the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak sprints to 100 km/h in an unimaginable 1.8 seconds. Only three seconds later, it’ll reach 200 km/h, and a little over two seconds after that, it’ll arrive at its max speed of 240 km/h.

But as any of you who are familiar with the demanding conditions of Colorado’s Pikes Peak will know, it’s far from just straight-line speed you need. To that end, the hill-climbing Pug boasts a tubular steel frame chassis with front and rear anti-roll bars and carbon bodywork for lightness.

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Double wishbones with pushrod and rocker arm actuation sit at each of the four corners, and hydraulic double-circuit brakes keep all that speed in check. One-piece light-alloy callipers are in charge of vented carbon discs that measure 380 mm up front and 355 mm out back. Wheels are F1-derived 18×13 magnesium alloys encased in Michelin 31/71×18 rubber.

Peugeot says the 208 T16 Pikes Peak shares its genes with those of the Le Mans-winning 908 racer in the running gear, brakes and aerodynamic features like the air intake and the two-metre wide rear wing that was originally used for the first-gen 908 HDi FAP. The design of the undertray alone is said to be responsible for generating almost half the car’s downforce!

Comparatively more sedate in terms of appearance as well as performance is the regular Peugeot 208, which launched in Malaysia last week – at least you can actually buy this one.