SIX months after taking on the stopwatch at Pikes Peak, the legendary hill-climb race held in Colorado, the Peugeot 208 T16 is back in the limelight as it clinched two international awards—Autosport’s “Rally Car of the Year” and Top Gear’s “Race Car of the Year.”
“We are highly honored and very proud to have received these two awards,” said Peugeot Sport Director Bruno Famin “The Pikes Peak hill-climb in June was an extraordinary experience and we realize now just how much interest our participation generated in the media, with the public and within the company. These two prizes are outstanding rewards. We are very touched and just want to savor these moments with all those in the team who put their hearts and souls into their work every day.”
Sébastien Loeb’s time of 8;13.878 at the Pikes Peak course grabbed motor racing headlines on June 30, 2013. The car’s stance, power-to-weight ratio of 1:1 (875 horsepower, 875 kilograms) and a performance package on a par with—if not superior to that of—a Formula 1 car clearly caught motor sport fans’ imagination, especially since it was designed in just four months at Peugeot Sport’s headquarters in France.