2013 has been a special year for Peugeot in the field of extreme car performance, with the 208 T16 Pikes Peak car, in the hands of nine-times World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb, shattering the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record in June. Recognising this impressive achievement, BBC TopGear Magazine has awarded the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak its 2013 ‘Racecar of the Year’.
This month’s 'Awards Issue' of the BBC TopGear Magazine carries the report on their ‘Racecar of the Year’: Peugeot 208 T16 - "At Pikes Peak this summer, Peugeot had one road, one driver and one chance for glory. It needed a car that would win. The 875bhp T16 was that car."
Also this week, the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak was named Autosport 2013 ‘Rally Car of the Year’ at the AUTOSPORT Awards in London, collected on Peugeot Sport’s behalf by Ari Vatanen, winner of the same event in the sensational Peugeot 405 T16 in 1988.
"What Sébastien did was quite something," Vatanen said. "I advise you to go to Pikes Peak once - the road goes a very long way round, but miss your braking and it's a short three mile drop back to the start. I think rally drivers are very privileged to do things like this. It was an incredible feat."
In the magazine’s opinion, the 208 T16 beat several World Rally Cars - including Volkswagen's all-conquering Polo, X-Raid's Dakar Mini and the Skoda Fabia S2000 to win the award.