Peugeot has unveiled a 208 T16 Pikes Peak race car that will contest the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 30.
The Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak will be driven by Sebastien Loeb, a nine time world rally champion who will have to cope with a altitude difference of some 1,500 metres in a 12.4 mile course, with the finish line situated at an altitude of 4,301 metres!
The Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak was engineered and designed to meet the specific needs of the famous American event and features a rear wing and a diffuser of the Le Mans 24 Hours-winning 908, along with carbon fibre body with a ventilated bonnet and aerodynamic side skirts with a side-exiting exhaust system.
Interior is stripped and comes with a carbon fibre racing seat, roll cage, a digital instrument cluster, alloy pedals and an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel with paddle shifters.
The 208 T16 will compete in the Unlimited class and the 12.4 mile course has 156 turns and a 1500 metre elevation change between the start and finish.
No engine specs were released, but this extreme racer probably has a turbocharged four-cylinder unit with “tons” of power.
The event marks the French team’s return to the classic American event after its memorable victories there in 1988 and 1989, in the hands of Ari Vatanen and Robby Unser respectively.