It's been known for a few weeks now that World Rally Championship-dominating (and now proven road racer) Sébastien Loeb will be campaigning a Peugeot at Pikes Peak
. Today, we have a full gallery and video of the car. It's ferocious.
The Peugeot 208 T16 Loeb will be piloting is styled to look like the production car, but, like most Pikes Peak
specials, that's about where the similarities end.
Competing in the Unlimited class and seeking an outright win on the mountain--and perhaps a new record in the process--the 208 T16 follows in the 25-year-old footsteps of the 405 T16 that scored back-to-back wins on the Peak in 1988 and 1989 at the hands of Ari Vatanen and Robby Unser.
To meet this stiff challenge of past legacy and present competition, the 208 T16 features massive front and rear aerodynamics, Michelin racing tires, a purpose-built and complex tube-frame structure, extensive use of carbon fiber.
Specifics on the powertrain haven't yet been revealed, but we expect all-wheel drive and turbocharging to play a role in meeting the demands of the mountain.
The photos of the car in the menacing black configuration in the gallery and video above aren't the final picture however; the full racing livery has yet to be revealed. Expect more to come as the 30 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb draws closer to its June 30 race date.