More details of the monstrous Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peaks rally car have been released, with eye-opening figures in every detail. The car will rip up this year’s International Hill Climb event.
Driven by Sebastien Loeb is one hugely competitive advantage, let alone having a properly set up vehicle backed by Red Bull. It looks like Peugeot Sport has a combination of all.
Competing in the ‘Unlimited’ class, the 208 T16 is powered by a 3.2-litre twin-turbo V6 producing a colossal 652kW of power and 883Nm of torque. The mid-mounted engine sends power to all four wheels via a six-speed sequential transmission.
So, what sort of performance are we talking here? Acceleration from 0-100km/h takes just 1.8 seconds, while 0-200km/h takes only 4.8 seconds – around the time it takes most really quick sports cars to hit 100km/h.
Part of this astonishing acceleration comes thanks to the lightweight chassis and body setup. The chassis comprises of a seriously rigid and complex steel tubular frame, while the body that wraps around it all is made from carbon fibre. The overall kerb weight is just 875kg.
This is going to be a very interesting year for Pikes Peak. Will Peugeot be able to reclaim and reset the overall record?
The 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will take place on June 30.
Full Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak rally car specifications below:
Type: V6 bi-turbo
Cubic capacity: 3.2-litres
Number of valves: 24
Number of cylinders: V6 (60°)
Maximum power: 875hp (652kW)
Torque: 90mkg (883Nm)
Maximum revs: 7800rpm
Top speed: 240km/h
Type: Four-wheel drive
Gearbox: Longitudinally-mounted six-speed sequential gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle-shift
Frame: Tubular steel
SUSPENSION / BRAKES / STEERING
Suspension: Double wishbones with pushrod/rocker arm actuation at all 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 18 x 13-inch magnesium alloy wheels derived from F1 technology
Tyres: Michelin (31/71×18)
Front / rear overhang: 1690mm
Wing: 2000mm (based on the rear wing of the Peugeot 908)
Fuel tank: 40 litres