Tuesday, April 23, 2013


2013 Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak

Peugeot Sport has pulled no punches in its bid to  provide Sébastien Loeb with a singularly awesome machine for the 2013 Pike Peak Hill Climb (June 30). The 208 T16 Pikes Peak in which  the driver who has dominated world  class rallying for the past decade will attempt to become the ‘ King of  The Peak ’ boasts a power output of 875 horsepower, tips the scales at just 875 kg, and benefits from all - wheel drive, plus a spectacular aerodynamic package.

The mission of any race car designer is to juggle with the restrictions and constraints dictated  by the regulations  in areas like height, the forms of the body, the size and location of the powerplant, etc. It’s a stimulating  challenge, of course, yet it can also be highly  frustrating  at times. Deep down, engineers have just one desire, to sweep the table clear of the rule books and design the ultimate, no-holds-barred machine with just one objective in mind: the quest for absolute performance.

The Pikes Peak Hill  Climb is the only  race in the world  that  permits the fantasy  of freeing the beast that lurks at the back of every engineer’s mind to become reality! The very mention  of the event and its celebrated  ‘Unlimited’  class is enough to  bring a twinkle to the eyes of any designer. “Your imagination is the only limit when you set out to  design  a  car  for  Pikes Peak,”  grins  Jean-Christophe  Pallier,  the  Peugeot  Sport engineer tasked with the 208 T16 Pikes Peak project. “Designing this car was a tremendously  rewarding experience, even though we still had to take the ‘time’ factor into account…”

The giddy  altitudes  visited by the Colorado hill climb present a unique technical challenge: that of ensuring the engines are able to breathe as freely as possible in the rarefied  air… “In  the  case of  a  normally-aspirated  engine,  you  basically  lose  one percent  of  the  available  power  every 100  metres  you  climb,”  notes Peugeot Sport Director  Bruno Famin. This is a fundamental  parameter  that  has to  be taken  into account for this race which starts at an altitude  of 2,865 metres and finishes at 4,301 metres! By the time they reach the start line, certain engines automatically shed some 30 percent of their potential. A powerful engine is consequently essential because there can be no question of Sébastien Loeb lacking power on the day.

Peugeot Sport’s answer is a derivative of the bi-turbo V6 which was designed for endurance racing. With this 875-horsepower powerplant under the bonnet, the 208 T16 Pikes Peak will boast even more power than a Formula 1 single-seater! It goes without
saying that  it will  be the most powerful  car ever driven by world  rallying’s  multiple champion. This will be motorsport  in the extreme, especially since the guard rails that are a hallmark of traditional circuits make way for steep drops in the case of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb…

In its bid to reach out to the clouds, Peugeot Sport has also paid careful attention  to providing Sébastien Loeb with a particularly lightweight  car. “We’ve shaved it down to 875kg,” observes Jean-Christophe Pallier. “As a result, we have achieved the magic and
symbolic power-to-weight ratio of 1:1!” Meanwhile, to be sure that the car’s handling is as agile as possible, the weight distribution  of the tubular-framed  machine has been meticulously  fine-tuned, with the engine sitting in a mid-rear position, like the famous Group B rally cars of the 1980s and like endurance racing prototypes.

The 208 T16 Pikes Peak effectively  shares its genes with  those of the Le Mans 24 Hours-winning  908 in several areas. Indeed, last year’s Pikes Peak took place for the first time on an entirely asphalted course, so the machine conceived by Peugeot Sport is practically  an out-and-out endurance racing prototype. Common areas include the running gear, brakes and aerodynamic features like the air-intake  and the spectacular two-metre  wide rear wing which was originally  used for the first-generation  908 HDi FAP. Unfortunately,  there weren’t any wider options in stock!

Also like that of a Le Mans car, the 208’s aerodynamic package has been meticulously honed. “We  believe efficient  aerodynamics  can give us a competitive  edge over our rivals,” notes Jean-Christophe Pallier. “The speeds reached during the ascension range from 50 to 240kph, and aerodynamics play a key role from 100kph.” The 208 T16 Pikes Peak’s hallmark  rear wing and front  splitter  are not only  extremely  spectacular, but they are also awesomely efficient, in addition to bestowing the car with a truly beast- like  stance.  Meanwhile,   although   invisible,  the  design  of  the  car’s  under-tray   is responsible for generating almost half the car’s downforce…

Last but by no means least, the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak sits on bespoke Michelin tyres which provide the four driven wheels with invaluable grip. To tackle the 156 turns that stand between Sébastien Loeb and the Colorado clouds, the most successful driver in rallying history will most definitely benefit from one of the most potent purpose- engineered cars ever designed for motorsport!


  • Type : V6 bi-turbo
  • Cubic capacity : 3.2 litres
  • Number of valves : 24
  • Position : Mid-rear
  • Number of cylinders : V6 (60°)
  • Maximum power : 875hp
  • Torque : 90mkg
  • Maximum revs : 7,800rpm
  • Top speed : 240kph
  • 0-100kph : 1.8s
  • 0-200kph : 4.8s
  • 0-240kph : 7.0s
  • Type : Four-wheel drive
  • Gearbox : Longitudinally-mounted six-speed sequential gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle-shift
  • Frame : Tubular steel
  • Bodywork : Carbon
  • Suspension : Double wishbones and pushrod/rocker arm actuation at all four corners
  • Springs : Torsion bars
  • Dampers : Pressurised dampers
  • Anti-roll bars : Front and rear
  • Steering : Hydraulic power steering
  • Brakes : Hydraulic double circuit brake system with one-piece light alloy callipers
  • Brake discs : Vented carbon discs front and rear
  • Diameter (front): 380mm
  • Diameter (rear): 355mm
  • Wheels Specific : 18x13 magnesium alloy wheels derived from F1 technology
  • Tyres : Michelin (31/71x18)
  • Length : 4,500mm
  • Width : 2,000mm
  • Height : 1,300mm
  • Front overhang : 1,690mm
  • Rear overhang : 1,690mm
  • Wheelbase : 2,695mm
  • Wing : 2,000mm (based on the rear wing of the Peugeot 908)
  • Fuel tank : 40 litres
  • Weight : 875kg

Images : 2013 Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak

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