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Peugeot has released further details of its 208 T16 Pikes Peak racer that will contest this year’s Pikes Peak Hill Climb in the United States.

The specially built Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak is powered by a652kW (875hp) twin-turbo V6 that was designed for endurance racing.

The tubular-framed machine can accelerate from 0-100km/h in a staggering 1.8 seconds, and from 0-200km/h in just 4.8 seconds. Top speed is a claimed 240km/h.

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The 3.2-litre powerplant is mated to a longitudinally-mounted six-speed sequential gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddleshifters.

The powerful turbocharged engine is essential to success in the Pikes Peak Hill Climb according to Peugeot Sport director Bruno Famin.

“In the case of a normally aspirated engine, you basically lose one per cent of the available power every 100 metres you climb. This is a fundamental parameter that has to be taken into account for this race that starts at an altitude of 2865 metres and finishes at 4301 metres,” Famin said.

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“By the time they reach the start line, certain engines automatically shed some 30 per cent of their potential. A powerful engine is consequently essential because there can be no question of Sebastien Loeb lacking power on the day.”

Tipping the scales at just 875kg, the lightweight 208 T16 Pikes Peak also benefits from all-wheel drive, plus a unique aerodynamic package borrowed from the Le Mans 24 Hours-winning Peugeot 908.

Common components include the two-metre-wide rear wing and front splitter, as well as the running gear and carbon brake package.

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Meanwhile, the car’s specially designed under-tray is responsible for generating almost half the car’s downforce.

Last but not least, the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak sits on specific 18-inch magnesium alloy wheels derived from F1 technology, shod with bespoke Michelin tyres.

  • Exar Kun

    1.8 seconds is mental. I wonder what sort of laptimes it would pull on a closed circuit? I guess it’d put a lot of open wheelers to shame.

    • Sydlocal

      Yep, that 0-100km/h time is quicker than an F1 car….

  • herpderp64

    That’s pretty impressive, especially when the aero package isn’t half as mental as the rest of the grid.

  • Car Fanatic

    Does the helmet come with a neck brace so the G forces don’t pull your head off?

  • amlohac

    208kw loss of power by race end, fairly significant. What a weapon!

  • Sturmgewehr

    I dont understand why EVs arent dominating this event. They only need to travel 20km so they dont need a ton of batteries, power output is not effected by elevation changes, they dont need all the air dams and radiators creating wind resistence giving the designers more aerodynamic flexibility and they make plenty enough power. the amg sls electric drive makes 700hp

    • george

      On all EVs heat from charging/discharging battery packs is a major issue, ask boeing how much of a hassle that can be. As for weight, EVs are typically much heavier than their IC counterparts, for example formula one 640kg to formula e 760kg, and the SLS 6.2 weighs in at 1620kg vs the SLS electric drive at 2180kg