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Peugeot and Loeb push to the top for upcoming Pikes Peak

Toni Avery
Apr 24, 2013 SHARE

Being the most accomplished driver in rally history doesn't come from pure talent alone. For Sebastien Loeb, having a well-engineered car also increases your chance of getting there.

Loeb's reputation alone will dominate thither entrants in this year's Pikes Peak hill climb, but we should remember his Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak is pushing out 875hp while only weighing 1929 lb. With this power to weight ratio, outrageous aerodynamics and an all-wheel drive system, Loeb has everything in his favor to reach the finish line first.

Racing to the top of Pikes Peak has it's own challenges, with power loss at altitude. However, the Peugeot Sport engines are using a version of the Le Mans-winning Peugeot 908 V6 bi-turbo that was specifically designed for endurance racing. In the 208 T16, it gives the car more power than a F1 car.

The front spoiler and rear wing are obviously efficient aerodynamic devices but the under-tray actually generates half the car's downforce at speed. Sitting on bespoke Michelin tires, the 875hp Peugeot will surely carry Loeb to an incredible finish at the 2013 Pike Peak Hill Climb.

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