Peugeot has released the first pictures of the 208 T16 that Sebastien Loeb will use at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event at the end of June.
Loeb has taken a step back from the World Rally Championship this year, and confirmation that he will compete at the famous American event in the premier 'Unlimited Class' only came last month.
Peugeot, however, has high hopes and will be looking to emulate the kind of success it has enjoyed in the past with the 405 T16 – with Ari Vatanen and Robby Unser both winning back in 1988 and 1989 respectively.
“Although its exterior styling resembles that of the production model, the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak was tailor engineered and designed to meet the specific needs of the famous American event,” Peugeot said.
It has been designed by Michael Trouve and his colleague Attila Bocsi: “Its proportions are very different to those of the production 208 and this difference gives it an almost beast-like appearance,” Trouve added.
“Peugeot Sport provided us with a number of technical constraints, such as the width, body height, location of the wheels and engine, and we worked to this brief to produce an extreme take on the 208.
“The rear wing, which is that of the Le Mans 24 Hours-winning 908, and the splitter are two features of the car which give it its beast-like attitude. And I am amazed by the beauty of the parts concealed by the carbon bodywork!”
“The cars which represent the brand in motorsport have always tended to feature sculpted forms which combine style and aerodynamic efficiency. The 208 T16 Pikes Peak is no exception, and it incorporates all the distinctive hallmarks of the 208 which itself marks a new generation of Peugeot design,” he continued.
“I am very proud to have played a part in this adventure, especially since we didn't have much time to work on the car's design, because the green light was only given in November and the project wasn't signed-off until February this year.”
Peugeot has yet to confirm performance details, but is expected do so in the coming weeks. The livery is also expected to be shown off 'soon'.