Peugeot’s amazing 208 T16 Pikes Peak racer, which a few days ago smashed the record for completing the hill climb course, is on its way to the United Kingdom to take on yet another hill. It is coming to the Goodwood Festival of Speed to join a number of other sporty Peugeots, helping the Company regain its vitality.
The French car maker used to be a manufacturer led by enthusiasts. They loved motorsport and it showed in the road cars they made. In recent years though, for whatever reason they kept making dull and utterly rubbish family cars.
That all changed with the arrival of the new 208. The new hatchback started a whole new motorsport program that include everything from small track cars, to proper rally machines, and of course, the Pikes Peak T16. The car also has a couple of hot road-going variants, including the awesome GTi.
Compared to Pikes Peak, the Goodwood hill is like a walk in the park for the T16. The car features a unique carbon fiber body and a tubular racing chassis that has a twin-turbo V6 endurance engine right in the middle. It has a power to weight ratio of 1 to 1, which means it makes 875 horsepower and weighs 875 kilo.
At the Festival of Speed, the T16 will join the Onyx, a radical concept car made from copper, carbon fiber, felt and newspaper wood and powered by a 3.7-litre V8 HDi FAP diesel-electric hybrid system, and the 2014 Peugeot RCZ R in full production trim with a 260 horsepower 1.6 liter turbo engine.
Yep, Peugeot has got its groove back!