Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak: Technical Characteristics

In keeping with its combative nature, Peugeot has decided to contest the 2013 Pikes Peak Hill Climb (Colorado, USA, June 30) which continues to stand out as one of motorsport’s most exacting, internationally-reputed competitions. Peugeot’s bid to win the unique, Colorado Springs-based event with the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak has led to it joining forces with such key partners as Total, Red Bull, Michelin and Sébastien Loeb. Peugeot’s participation in this epic race, which has previously seen the Brand triumph with the legendary 205 T16 and 405 T16 Pikes Peak, is a natural extension of its international offensive which is itself illustrated by the globalisation of its sales and the success enjoyed by the new 208.

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb’s unique course was finally entirely asphalted last year and comprises 156 turns over a distance of 20 kilometres that take competitors from an altitude of 2,800 meters to 4,300 meters at its highest point. The event is famous as the USA’s second-oldest motorsport competition after Indianapolis and, over the decades, it has earned a reputation as a notoriously difficult and complex challenge!

To maximise its chances of winning the Pikes Peak Hill Climb with the 208 T16 Pikes Peak, Peugeot has enlisted the support of the very best partners for this exceptional project, namely Total, Red Bull, Michelin and Sébastien Loeb. The nine-time world rally champion was able to accept Peugeot’s proposal thanks to Citroën which has authorised its star driver to contest the American event for the first time in his career.

The Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak has been entered in the premier ‘Unlimited’ class and has been given the start number ‘208’.

Technical characteristics

TypeV6 bi-turbo
Cubic capacity3.2 liters
Number of valves24
Number of cylinders V6 (60°)
Maximum power875 hp
Torque90 mkg
Maximum revs7,800 rpm
Top speed240 kph
0-100 kph1.8 s
0-200 kph4.8 s
0-240 kph7.0 s

TypeFour-wheel drive
GearboxLongitudinally-mounted six-speed sequential gearbox with steering wheel-mounted paddle-shift

FrameTubular steel

SuspensionDouble wishbones and pushrod/rocker arm actuation at all four corners
SpringsTorsion bars
DampersPressurized dampers
Anti-roll barsFront and rear
SteeringHydraulic double circuit brake system with one-piece light alloy calipers
BrakesVented carbon discs front and rear
Diameter (front): 380mm
Diameter (rear): 355mm
Brake discsSpecific 18×13 magnesium alloy wheels derived from F1 technology
Wheels7,800 rpm
TiresMichelin (31/71×18)

Length4500 mm
Width2000 mm
Height1300 mm
Front track1690 mm
Rear track1690 mm
Wheelbase2695 mm
Wing2000 mm (based on the rear wing of the Peugeot 908)
Fuel tank40 liters
Weight875 kg


208 T16 Pikes Peak

208 T16 Pikes Peak

208 T16 Pikes Peak

208 T16 Pikes Peak

208 T16 Pikes Peak


The race

  • 156 corners
  • Course length: 19.9 kilometers long (now entirely paved)
  • Start line altitude: 2,865 meters
  • Finish line altitude: 4,301 meters
  • Course record: 9m46.164s (Rhys Millen, Hyundai Genesis Coupé)
  • Inaugural event: 1916. This year is the 91st edition.
  • European competitors took part in the event for the first time in 1984.
  • Peugeot won the event in 1988 and 1989, with Ari Vatanen and Robby Unser respectively.
  • In 2011, Nobuhuro ‘Monster’ Tajima (Suzuki SX4) was the first driver to complete the hill climb in less than 10 minutes (9m51.278s).

2013 programme:

  • June 25 (5:30am-8:30am): official practice
  • June 26 (5:30am-9:00am): official practice
  • June 27 (5:30am-9:00am): official practice
  • June 28 (5:30am-9:00am): official practice
  • June 30 (8:00am): race.

Further information:

Source: Peugeot Sport

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