Nine-time world rally champion Sebastien Loeb will pilot the specially developed Peugeot 208 in the highly competitive Unlimited Class.
The event marks Peugeot’s return to Pikes Peak after a 14-year absence from the notorious hill climb after memorable victories in 1988 and 1989.
Peugeot’s 405 T16 claimed the back-to-back victories in the hands of the legendary Finn Ari Vatanen and American Robby Unser.
Loeb counts among those who were struck by the awe-inspiring film ‘Climb Dance’ – produced to commemorate Vatanen’s unrivalled success at Pikes Peak.
The 208 T16 Pikes Peak is an extreme take on the standard 208 hatch. The width, body height, location of the wheels and engine are unique to the 208 T16.
The bodywork is completely carbonfibre and the aerodynamics package boasts the same rear wing found on the Le Mans 24 Hour-winning Peugeot 908.
While Peugeot Sport is yet to release any details on the 208 T16’s engine and outputs, there will be two self-locking diffs to get the power down.
Even the cockpit is a surprise with its central driving position.
The entire Pikes Peak Hill Climb route is now paved, which bodes well following Loeb’s recent success in the FIA GT series, where he won the opening round of the season in a McLaren MP4-12C.