- The Peugeot 208 T16 that rally legend Sebastian Loeb will drive in the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb next month has been revealed in its ready-to-race form.
- Red Bull, Total and Michelin are sponsors of the car.
- Loeb will compete against 13 other entries in the top Unlimited Division.
PARIS — The Peugeot 208 T16 that rally legend Sebastian Loeb will drive in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb next month has been revealed in its ready-to-race form, with display of sponsors Red Bull, Total and Michelin.
The car is one of 13 Unlimited machines on the entry list for the 91st "Race to the Clouds," where Loeb — a nine-time World Rally champion — will be a rookie in the June 30 race.
Peugeot returns to the central Colorado mountain where it won the overall title in 1988 and 1989, first with Ari Vatanen, another rally champion, and again with American racer Robby Unser.
The car is a purpose-built vehicle based on the Peugeot 208 compact coupe. The race vehicle has a tubular steel chassis and is powered by a 3.2-liter twin-turbo V6 engine with six-speed, paddle-shifted transmission and all-wheel drive.
Peugeot says the engine is rated at 875 horsepower, while the weight of the car is a matching 875 kilograms, or 1,929 pounds. The car is capable of accelerating from zero to 60 in 1.8 seconds.
Loeb's competitors in the Unlimited Division will include defending race champion Rhys Millen, who claimed last year's title in a production-based Hyundai Genesis Coupe. This year, Millen will wheel a tube-chassis machine, the PM580T with Hyundai power.
Last year's race was the first on a completely paved course. Competitors race up the temporarily closed public road that climbs 4,720 feet to the summit, snaking around 156 turns over 12.42 miles. Millen's time last year was 9 minutes, 46.164 seconds, establishing an event record.
Edmunds says: Loeb's reputation and the Peugeot effort will add an extra element to this year's version of the unique competition.