Peugeot unveiled the details of its 208 T16 Pikes Peak racer, which has been designed to conquer the demanding conditions of the Colorado's Pikes Peak Hill Climb challenge. It is one of the world's highest hill climb to an altitude of 14,111 feet (4,301 meters), a total distance of 12.4 miles (19.9 kms) with 156 corners to contend with.
The French team, victorious in this hill climb challenge in 1988 and 1989, is looking to relive the history through this mighty contender. They will not just be gunning for the top honors, but will also be eyeing to beat the course record held by the Hyundai Genesis Coupe team. The odds of Peugeot achieving that goal of winning it again.
|Vehicle Type: Racing Coupe||Est. Market Price: NA|
|Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.2 gals (50 L)||MPG: NA|
|Length: 155.9 in. (396.2 cm)||Wheelbase: 100.8 in. (256 cm)|
|Height: 57.5 in. (146 cm)||Width: 71.7 in. (182 cm)|
|Curb Weight: 2645 lbs (1200 kg)||Maximum Seating: 2|
|Engine: 4 Cylinder EP6 CDT||Displacement: 1.6 Liter|
|Horsepower: 280 HP||Max RPM: 6000 rpm|
|Torque: 296 lb-ft @ 2500 rpm||Transmission: 5-Speed SEQ 4WD|
**Based on Peugeot 208 GTI
The 208 T16 Pikes Peak specs are unbelievably awesome. The vehicle is powered by an Inline 4 cylinder engine that churns 280 horsepower and generates max torque of 296 lb ft. That is enormous power for this 2645 pound vehicle.
While the Peugeot 208 T16 has an impressive engine, it would take much more than the straight-line performance to win the Pikes Peak challenge. It is built with a tubular steel frame chassis with rear and front anti-roll bars. All this is covered under the carbon fiber bodywork to keep the vehicle light on its feet.
A double wishbone suspension and hydraulic double circuit brakes are key elements that make handling of this car superb. Peugeot has taken the hint from aerodynamic, braking and running gear from a Le Mans winner.
Peugeot is not leaving anything to chance and they have put Sebastian Loeb (9 times world rally champion) behind the wheel for the Pikes Peak challenge.
The 2013 Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak edition has all the makings of a great car for this hill climb challenge. It remains to be seen if Peugeot repeats the historic victory of 1988 or not.