Nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb recently drove up the Pikes Peak hillclimb course for the very first time recently in his incredible Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak racer ahead of his official timed runs in the coming weeks.
Powering the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak is a mid-mounted bi-turbo V6 engine from the Peugeot 908 racer powering all four wheels. This potent powerplant delivers an insane 875hp and only has to shift 875kg of weight, meaning the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak has exactly one horsepower per kilogram. As a result, the car’s driver, nine-time WRC champion Sebastien Loeb will be fighting for a new record sprint up the infamous hillclimb.
Thanks to the massive power and tiny weight, Peugeot claims the 208 T16 Pikes Peak can hit 100km/h in just 1.8 seconds, 200km/h in 4.8 seconds and it’s top speed of 240km/h in just 7 seconds.
The car has been specifically designed to ensure that it losses as little power as possible as the car’s soar through the ‘race to the clouds’, where typical engines can loss up to 30 per cent of their power by the summit!
Stay tuned to GTspirit for more Pikes Peak International Hillclimb 2013 updates over the coming few weeks!