After announcing their return to Pikes Peak with WRC Champion Sebastien Loeb, Peugeot revealed photos of the 208 T16 Pikes Peak. The newly unveiled machine will be Loeb’s weapon to challenge the ‘Race to the Clouds’ at the 14,110-foot summit of Pikes Peak Mountain in Colorado. The 208 T16 was specifically engineered for the demands of the high-altitude course; it will compete in the ‘Unlimited’ class where the team will go against some of the best teams in the world. Peugeot counts on its success with the 405 T16 which won in 1988 and 1989 with Ari Vatanen and Robby Unser, respectively, to challenge for the coveted victory for this year’s challenge.
The 208 T16 design and aerodynamics was worked on together by Michael Trouve (silhouette design head) and Attila Bocsi of the Peugeot Syling Center with the Peugeot Sport team to create a perfect blend of aesthetics and aerodynamic efficiency.
“The cars which represent the brand in motorsport have always tended to feature sculpted forms which combine style and aerodynamic efficiency. The 208 T16 Pikes Peak is no exception, and it incorporates all the distinctive hallmarks of the 208 which itself marks a new generation of Peugeot design,” said Trouve.
No technical details on the car have been revealed as of press time. But the numbers should be as furious as it looks.