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
|Cubic capacity||3,2 litres|
|Number of cylinders||V6 (60°)|
|Power||650 kW/875 hp|
|Maximum revs||7 800|
|Gearbox||Longitudinally mounted 6-speed sequential with steering wheel-mounted paddle-shift|
|SUSPENSION / BRAKES / STEERING|
|Suspension||Double wishbones and pushrod/rocker arm actuation at all four corners|
|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|
|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|