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Peugeot back to Pikes Peak in 2013

Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak Car

Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak Car

Multi time World Rally Champion Sebastian Loeb is really looking around the world of motorsport for new challenges. Retiring from the WRC this year he has shifted his focus across to the WEC (World Endurance Championship), already running at the front with his own team racing a McLaren MP4-12C GT3 car. If that wasn’t enough he is looking forward to a future campaign in the WTCC (World Touring Car Championship) with Citroen, possibly next year once thy get their new car ready.

He has also been drawn into a completely new project, tackling the fearsome Pikes Peak Hillclimb on June 30th 2013. The project is being put together by Peugeot Sport, who for 1988 built a one off  Peugeot 405 T16 GR which was driven to a new record of 10 Minutes, 47 seconds by Ari Vatanen which stood for a few years after that amazing run.

The new car for the 2013 assault on Pikes Peak is a Peugeot 208 T16, but of course it is a completely purpose built racecar with little resemblance to the actual 208 road car apart from the body styling.

For the stats boffins amongst  us, below are the specs, and I suppose one of the most telling ones is 0-100kph (60 MPH) 1.8 seconds. Estimates for current F1 cars are appoximately 2.6 seconds, so when Loeb stands hard on the gas he will be pulling more acceleration g’s that a current F1 driver. Pretty impressive, as is the 273 horsepower per litre.

General specifications
Country of origin France
Numbers built N/A
Produced in 2013
Configuration V6
Location Mid, longitudinally mounted
Displacement 3.2 liter / 195.3 cu in
Valvetrain 4 valves / cylinder, DOHC
Fuel feed Fuel Injection
Aspiration Twin Turbo
Power 875 bhp / 653 KW
Torque 883 Nm / 651 ft lbs
BHP/Liter 273 bhp / liter
Body carbon-fibre composite
Chassis steel tubular spaceframe
Suspension (fr/r) double wishbones, push-rod actuated torsion bars and dampers, anti-roll bar
Steering hydraulic power-assisted steering
Brakes ventilated carbon ceramic discs, all-round
Gearbox Paddle Operated 6 speed Semi-Automatic
Drive All wheel drive
Weight 875 kilo / 1929 lbs
Length / Width / Height 4500 mm (177.2 in) / 2000 mm (78.7 in) / 1300 mm (51.2 in)
Wheelbase / Track (fr/r) 2695 mm (106.1 in) / N/A / N/A
Performance figures
Power to weight 1 bhp / kg
Top Speed 240 km/h (149 mph)
0-100 km/h 1.8 s