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New Peugeot 208 T16 to make debut in Italy

New Peugeot 208 T16 to make debut on Rally il Ciocco with Paolo Andreucci, Peugeot Italia and Pirelli.
Peugeot's all-new 208 T16 will make its international debut on the 37th Rally il Ciocco this week with multiple Italian Rally Champion, Paolo Andreucci behind the wheel of the Pirelli-shod machine.

It is then due to make its maiden appearance in the FIA European Rally Championship later this month, when Craig Breen and Kevin Abbring will drive the car on the Acropolis Rally of Greece.

“We tried the [Pirelli] tyres with the 208 T16 on Tuesday for the first time before the rally, as everything is a bit last-minute this year because we only just got the car now. So it's clear that we head into this rally with a few uncertainties, as is always the case with a new car, but I have to say that the tyres are not one of them,” said Andreucci, who has won the Ciocco event six times.

“We had a very good feeling with them straight away, which gives me a lot of confidence. The way that the tyres work with this car is obviously a little different to how it was with the 207 S2000: the turbo gives different power characteristics but the adaptability of Pirelli tyres on all different types of car has always impressed me and I'm sure that will be the case again.

“Now we just need to work on the set-up of the car to make sure that everything is working together properly. The weather forecast for now is good, so we're expecting consistent conditions, which should help us.”

Pirelli's motorsport director Paul Hembery added: “We feel privileged that the new Peugeot 208 T16 – which is set to be a very important car in rallying – will make its international debut on our tyres in the Italian Rally Championship, with Paolo Andreucci at the wheel. The Italian Rally Championship, as one of our home events, has always been extremely important to Pirelli and we look forward to defending our winning record in both the drivers' and manufacturers' championships.”



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DafyddLarcombe

March 17, 2014 3:08 PM

I just think that the Fiesta R5 looks the Bees Knees I also cant believe that Citroen / Peugeot and Skoda have been and are still dragging their feet while M-Sport have over 67 orders for the Fiesta R5 already, of which 50 cars have now been completed at the Factory, well done to Malcolm and the boys at M-Sport At £170000 starting price they also represent fantastic value for money A Private team could easily purchase 3 cars for a Full championship assault, 1 for Fly away events such as Mexico etc etc, one Testing / spare car and one Europe based car for the Events. I don't think you will see many T16 cars out there or DS3 cars, I think Ford have already stolen the march.

slightlysideways

March 19, 2014 9:46 AM

Dafydd, Would that be because m sport is motivated by the need to build and sell cars to keep the money coming in (understandable since they probably don't have the backing like citroen etc)?? Perhaps these companies want some more exposure so now they realise it would be good for them to have their cars out on the stages in numbers, like the Fords. If only I won the lotto I know what I would be spending the money on!!



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