Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak: Anatomy of a record breaker

  • Peugeot Pikes Peak interior
  • Peugeot Pikes Peak front
  • Peugeot Pikes Peak rear
  • Sebastien Loeb prepares to fire up his record-breaking Pikes Peak racer.
Date:1 July 2013 Tags:, ,

The biturbo V6 that powers the purpose-built racer driven by Sebastien Loeb to a stunning new record on Pikes Peak at the weekend produces an eyebrow-raising one horsepower per kilogram.

With a total weight of 875 kg matching by the engine’s 875-horsepower (650 kW) output, it’s no wonder the Peugeot blitzed the legendary 20-kilometre Colorado “Race To The Clouds”.

Mounted mid-rear, the 3,2-litre mid-rear V6 drives all four wheels – like all serious record contenders since Michele Mouton blasted to a win in her Audi Quattro rally car back in 1985. Top speed is a modest 240, but in engine terms it’s all about acceleration on this 156-corner challenge.

Nine times world rally champion Loeb usually pilots a Citroen, but swapped his mount for stablemate Peugeot for the 91st running of Pikes Peak.

Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak – specification


 ENGINE
Type V6 bi-turbo
Cubic capacity 3,2 litres
Valves 24
Position Mid-rear
Number of cylinders V6 (60°)
Power 650 kW/875 hp
Torque 880 N.m
Maximum revs 7 800
Top speed 240
0-100 1,8 s
0-200 4,8 s
0-240 7,0 s
TRANSMISSION
Type Four-wheel drive
Gearbox Longitudinally mounted 6-speed sequential with steering wheel-mounted paddle-shift
CHASSIS
Frame Tubular steel
Bodywork Carbon
SUSPENSION / BRAKES / STEERING
Suspension Double wishbones and pushrod/rocker arm actuation at all four 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): 380 mm
 Diameter (rear): 355mm
Wheels Specific 18×13 magnesium alloy derived from F1
Tyres Michelin (31/71×18)
DIMENSIONS
Length 4 500 mm
Width 2 000 mm
Height 1 300 mm
Front overhang 1 690 mm
Rear overhang 1 690 mm
Wheelbase 2 695 mm
Wing 2 000 mm (based on rear wing of Peugeot 908)
Fuel tank 40 litres
Weight   875 kg

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