Anybody that has ever been a fan of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will attest that the event holds a unique place of its own amid the races in a calendar year.
For French automaker Peugeot, 1988 and 1989 were special years, as it scored back to back triumphs with Ari Vatanen and Robby Unser. The two drivers won Pikes Peak while driving a Peugeot 405 T16 Grand Raid, a car that gained notoriety for having a wheel steering system on top of its prevalent use of carbon Kevlar variant on its body to go with a new chassis made of sheet steel and tubular steel.
In tribute of those two successful runs at Pikes Peak, Peugeot released a special tribute video directed by Jean Louis Mourney called “Climb Dance”. Well, for those that haven’t seen the video, Peugeot has digitally-remastered the film, which not only means you can watch the whole thing over again, but you’re watching a version that’s more appropriate to the high-definition times of today.
Click past the jump to check out Peugeot’s new ride for the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb
Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak Race Car
If looks could kill, Peugeot’s new 208 T16 Pikes Peak Race Car can stare down anything in its way and live to tell about it. The Red Bull livery only adds to the machismo look of the Sebastian Loeb-piloted race car.
And on top of that, the car boasts of a staggering 3.2-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine that features 875 horsepower. The powerplant links to a sequential six-speed gearbox and an all-wheel drive system that allow a mindboggling 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) time of just 1.8 seconds.