The very special Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak has been revealed. Nine-time world rally champion Sébastien Loeb and Peugeot Sport will contest the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado on June 30.
The Frenchman will tackle the world's highest hill climb at the wheel of the 208 T16 Pikes Peak, which was specially engineered and built by Peugeot Sport.
2013 marks Peugeot's return to the classic American event after memorable victories with the 405 T16 which claimed back-to-back victories in 1988 and 1989 in the hands of Ari Vatanen and Robby Unser.
The award-winning film Climb Dance was produced to commemorate Vatanen's resounding success.
Now that he has taken a step back from world class rallying after dominating the World Rally Championship for almost a decade, Loeb is keen to turn his attention to new challenges.
In addition to his involvement in this year's GT World Series, he snapped up the opportunity to contest the celebrated Pikes Peak Hill Climb and discover its 156 corners, which he will tackle without the help of a co-driver.
The Frenchman will also have to cope with a strength-sapping altitude difference of some 1,500 metres in less than 20 kilometres, with the finish line situated at an altitude of 4,301 metres.
Although its exterior styling resembles that of the production model, the racy Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak was tailor engineered and designed to tackle the incredibly twisty, high-altitude course, which is the US's oldest race after the Indy 500.