Peugeot, Sebastian Loeb to Challenge for Pikes Peak Glory With Wild New Race Car

Peugeot, Sebastian Loeb to Challenge for Pikes Peak Glory With Wild New Race Car

Peugeot will be attending this year’s Pikes Peak International Hill Climb with a specially engineered and very wild looking race car from.

The 208 T16 Pikes Peak racer will be driven by nine-time world rally champion Sebastian Loeb and marks the French team’s return to Pikes Peak after its victories in 1988 and 1989. Though the race car’s exterior resembles its production counterpart, the race car was engineered and designed specifically to tackle Pikes Peak.

It will compete in the Unlimited class and draws inspiration from the Le Mans 24 Hours-winning 908. There’s plenty of carbon fiber on the race car, which looks to be a formidable opponent in a class that draws some of the world’s most renowned racers.

Unfortunately the French automaker didn’t reveal many details on its 208 T16 Pikes Peak race car, but promises more will come leading up to the event.

“Its proportions are very different to those of the production 208,” observes Michael Trouvé who is in charge of silhouette design at Peugeot’s Styling Centre. “This difference gives it an almost beast-like appearance. Peugeot Sport provided us with a number of technical constraints, such as the width, body height, location of the wheels and engine, and we worked to this brief to produce an extreme take on the 208.”

GALLERY: Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak


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