Tuesday, 2 April 2013
Rally - Peugeot returns to Pikes Peak
Peugeot is going back to Pikes Peak. Remember that film of Ari Vatanen’s winning run in the 406 T16 in 1988? It was called ‘Climb Dance’ and had some really scary bits in it, especially when Ari got a bit close to the edge at times!
This year’s event in Colorado will take place on the 30th June on the new course which has been completely asphalted since Ari’s day – all 20 kms of it and 156 corners. It also climbs from 2,800 metres to 4,300 metres at its highest point, so it’s just a wee bit more challenging than the Rest and Be Thankful!
Peugeot have developed a 208 T16 for the job with support from Total, Red Bull, Michelin - and Sébastien Loeb. Citroën allowed the nine-time World Rally Champion to drive the car on an event which he has never contested – and would love to.
There’s no detail as yet on the spec of the 208 T16 ‘Pikes Peak’ car, but Peugeot have released a couple of pics.