We finally got our first teaser image of the Peugeot 208 T16 that Sebastien Loeb will drive at the Pikes Peak hillclimb this year. On June 30, the nine-time WRC champion will take part in the 'Unlimited' class. For this year, the car has a profile that’s similar to the roadgoing 208. It is a very extreme model that makes use of the minimal limits of the Unlimited class.
Michael Trouve, who oversees silhouette design at Peugeot's Styling Centre, said that because of the bodywork modifications, the 208 takes on a look that’s almost the same as that of a beast. Trove said that working with some technical limitations, they created an “extreme” version of the 208. Trove supposedly had this sentiment after considering the 208 T16.
Among the features that it believes are the key to winning at the event are its big front and rear wings and wildly flared wheel arches to fit in the bigger wheels and brakes. The Pikes Peak for 2013 marks only the second time that the event has taken place on a totally paved track, after it was completed last year.
This led to the setting of a new course record of 9min 46sec to be established by the winner Rhys Millen in a Hyundai Genesis, a target that Loeb hopes to surpass this year over the 156 corners and 1500m altitude rise of the Pikes Peak course.
It can be recalled that in 1988 and 1989, Peugeot won the hillclimb with a 405 T16. The film 'Climb Dance' had featured Ari Vatenen's win in 1988. In the early part of the 1980s, Peugeot’s 205 T16 appeared at Pikes Peak.