Peugeot drivers' Craig Breen and Paolo Andreucci say that their recent five-day asphalt development test in Southern France was a success.
Peugeot took to the Maures mountains in early June to put the new R5 challenger through its paces for the first time on asphalt, and Craig Breen says he already see's potential.
“It was very interesting to be the first person to drive the Peugeot 208 T16 on asphalt,” he said.
“It certainly feels competitive. Personally, though, I will need to accustom myself with the turbo's, which is a big change compared with the Peugeot 207 S2000, especially on asphalt.
“Everything about the car is new and, the more we work on it, the more we realise how much potential it really has.”
Breen's team-mate Paolo Andreucci was also quick to praise the car's performance and is eagerly anticipating racing it.
“This was my first time in the Peugeot 208 T16, and I must say I felt perfectly at home in it at once,” Andreucci said.
“The basic car is very good and it responds immediately to set-up modifications. They produce the expected effect and that is the sign of a sound chassis.
“The tests were a challenge, especially for the dampers, but it didn't take long to find an efficient set-up. I can't wait to drive it in an actual event.”
The next round of the FIA European Rally Championship takes place in Ypres, Belgium at the end of June, where Briton Kris Meeke and co-driver Chris Patterson will be the first to race the T16 in an event.