document : Mont Ventoux in ‘Pikes Peak’ mode


Mont Ventoux in ‘Pikes Peak’ mode
information supplied by: Peugeot South Africa 15 May 2013

Mont Ventoux in ‘Pikes Peak’ mode


Peugeot Sport chose Mont Ventoux, one of the most legendary stages of the famous
Tour de France cycle race, as the setting for its final full-scale dress rehearsal in France
before its fast-approaching journey to the other side of the Atlantic Ocean. The barren
mountain in the south of France provided a valuable foretaste of the conditions
Sébastien Loeb and his Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak will face in Colorado, USA, on June
30. True, the road, which climbs to the peak of Mont Ventoux, does not reach the same
sort of altitudes as Pikes Peak, but its characteristics make it an ideal venue for the
continuing development and fine-tuning of the powerful 875hp beast.
 
Since its first outing in the hands of the nine-time world rally champion, the car has
covered a high number of kilometres pounding round a circuit driven by Sébastien
Loeb’s understudy, test driver Grégory Guilvert. After his recent victory on the World
Rally Championship’s Rally Argentina and a race last weekend in Barcelona, Spain,
Loeb himself was delighted to be reacquainted with the 208 T16 Pikes Peak. His first
observation was to note that the machine’s striking new livery has in no way detracted
from its grunt. “It’s the same beast of a car,” he beamed after his first run. “Driving it on
a real road is a very useful pointer because that is what awaits us at Pikes Peak. Its
handling is extremely responsive but I’m still not quite able to place it as precisely as I
would like. That’s something we will need to work on a little more…”
 
The taming process will now continue in the United States and the 208 T16 Pikes Peak
is due to be flown out to Colorado at the end of the month. Once there, Peugeot Sport
will continue the countdown to its exciting adventure.
 
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Still images of Mont Ventoux’s rehearsal available in high resolution for editorial use
only on: www.redbullcontentpool.com/content/motorsports
 
 Moving images of the Mont Ventoux to be released on the 28th  of May – VIN numbers:
- Clip English : MI201304170120 (dirty) / MI201304170121 (clean)
- Clip French : MI201305060039 (dirty) / MI201305060040 (clean)
- Newscut : MI201304170119
 
CONTACTS
 
RED BULL : Vera Dussausaye / International Motorsports Communication
Mob. Austria: +43 664 83 97 663 - France: +33 6 60 26 31 57 /
vera.dussausaye@redbullmotorsports.com
 
PEUGEOT SPORT : Cécile Estenave
Mobile : +33 (0)6 72 82 74 08 - Tél : +33 (0)1 30 70 20 63 / cecile.estenave@peugeot.com
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