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Peugeot To Take part in 2013 Pikes Peak Hill Climb [w/Video]

Peugeot To Take part in 2013 Pikes Peak Hill Climb [w/Video]

In keeping with its competitive nature, Peugeot has decided to contest the 2013 Pikes Peak Hill Climb (Colorado, USA, 30th June) which continues to stand out as one of motor sport’s most exacting, internationally-reputed competitions.

 Peugeot’s bid to win the unique Colorado Springs based event with the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak has led it to join forces with key partners: Total, Red Bull, Michelin and Sébastien Loeb.

Peugeot has in times past been triumphant with the legendary 205 T16 and 405 T16 Pikes Peak. Ari Vatanen’s unforgettable record-breaking victory on the 1988 event in the 405 T16 is documented by the celebrated film, ‘Climb Dance’. Peugeot won the famous hill climb a second time in 1989, this time with the USA’s Robby Unser behind the wheel.

The Pikes Peak Hill Climb’s unique course was finally entirely asphalted last year and comprises 156 turns over a distance of 20 kilometres that takes competitors from an altitude of 2,800 metres to 4,300 metres at its highest point. The event is famous too, as the USA’s second-oldest motorsport competition after Indianapolis and, over the decades, it has earned a reputation as a notoriously difficult and complex challenge!

The Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak has been entered in the premier ‘Unlimited’ class and has been given the start number ‘208’. Its sole objective is victory!

Below is the Climb Dance video mentioned above. Enjoy!

Source: Peugeot Sport

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Peugeot 208 Type R5 Successfully Completes First Test Programme

Peugeot 208 Type R5 Successfully Completes First Test Programme

The Peugeot 208 Type R5 successfully took part in its first test programme on December 15. The 208 Type R5 was launched earlier in the year at the Paris Motor Show and will replace the current Peugeot 207 Super 2000.

The 208 Type R5 was put through its paces on a gravel stage in the southeast of France (Riboux) where it completed a four-day programme in the hands of Bryan Bouffier/Xavier Panseri.

“That first run was a key step which is now behind us,” says Alexis Avril, technical manager of Peugeot Sport’s customer competition department. “We still have a great deal of work on our hands, though, since we now need to move on to the next phase of development. This will involve putting as many kilometres on the car’s clock as possible in order to validate its reliability. After that, we will be able to turn our attention to the optimisation of its performance potential. Between now and the 208 Type R5’s release for sale, its schedule includes more than 10,000km of testing on gravel and asphalt, in testing and on events.

Choosing gravel for last week’s test was the logical option. There are a high number of components that will be used for both types of surface, so our aim was to evaluate their strength on the tougher of the two.

At a later stage, we will begin to focus on the suspension and the turbocharged engine which are the two chief factors of the global performance package. The development work in both these areas will be carried out directly by Peugeot Sport.”

Below is a teaser video featuring now retired rally driver and politician Ari Vatanen.

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2013 Peugeot 208 GTi

2013 Peugeot 208 GTi

Almost two months after the launch of the new Peugeot 208, Peugeot has introduced the three-door 208 GTi, its so called supermini.

The Peugeot 208 GTi comes equipped with a 1.6 Litre petrol engine which develops 147kW and 275Nm and enables it to sprint from zero to 100km/h in less than 7 seconds (claimed). The 1.6 litre petrol engine is coupled to a manual gearbox with six, close ratio gears, which probably indicate that the engine will love working out at the higher engine rev range. Peugeot claims the 208 GTi emits an appealing engine sounds that carries right through the speed range.

The Peugeot 208 GTi benefits from a widened track, 10mm at front and 20mm at the rear, which give it a very characteristic posture. Other significant changes to the bodywork include changes to the body sill and roof spoiler.

The 17” matt diamond carbon rims shod with 205/45 tyres, the 17″ diamond Carbon wheels, house 302mm ventilated discs at the front and 249mm at the rear, leading to a relatively snug fit between the wheels and the wheel arches.

At the front, the 3D sport chequered flag mesh gloss black grille with chrome inserts gives the 208 GTi an element of dynamism of which is further accentuated by the integrated front headlights which houses the main beam halogen headlamps, indicators and running day lights.

On the side the 208 GTI is embellished by a chromed trim strip running on the lower edge of the window that culminates in a signature accent at the rear quarter panel that bears the GTi logo and that pays homage to the illustrious 205 GTi.

At the rear of the 208 GTi the main highlights are the gloss black rear skirt and the trapezoidal chromed double tailpipe.

The exterior styling is echoed on the interior by the use of carefully designed components that make the 208 GTi unique. Some of which include the aluminium door sill embossed with the Peugeot name, and styling changes which combine red, black and satin chrome and red GTi overstitching throughout.

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