Past/Present: Peugeot’s Pikes Peak records

We compare Peugeot’s Pikes Peak records set by two rally champions, 25 years apart.

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Peugeot 405 T16 Pikes Peak
Vatanen, Ari Pikes Peak Hillclimb, USA Peugeot 405 Pikes Peak Action

Peugeot 405 T16 Pikes Peak

Peugeot first attempted to become kings of the peak back in 1988. They had rally legend Ari Vatanen at the wheel of their 405 T16 Pikes Peak.

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Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak
Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak Loeb

Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak

25 years later the French manufacturer were back and this time with another rally legend, Sebastien Loeb. The nine-time WRC champion would be driving a 875bhp beast known as the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak.

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Ari Vatanen and Juha Kankkunen
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Ari Vatanen and Juha Kankkunen

Ari Vatanen had a fellow Finnish World Rally Champion to compete against. Juha Kankkunen was Vatanen's team mate for the event, also in a Peugeot 405 T16.

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Rhys Millen and Sebastien Loeb
Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak Loeb Millen

Rhys Millen and Sebastien Loeb

Loeb also had some tough competition, with the Frenchman trying to not only break Rhys Millen's 2012 record time of 9:46.164 but also beat the New Zealander in this year's event.

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Vatanen tackles the peak
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Vatanen tackles the peak

World Rally Champion Ari Vatanen was hoping to break the previous Pikes Peak record, set by Audi, in his Peugeot 405 T16.

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Loeb's Pikes Peak challenge
Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak Loeb

Loeb's Pikes Peak challenge

With the course now paved, the Unlimited class cars can reach some incredibly high speeds. Loeb was hoping to not only win the event but also beat the record set by fellow Red Bull athlete Rhys Millen from 2012.

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Vatanen takes the record
Vatanen, Ari Pikes Peak Hillclimb, USA Peugeot 405 Pikes Peak Action

Vatanen takes the record

In the 1988 Pikes Peak, Ari Vatanen climbed the peak in a time of 10:47.220 beating the previous record by just under a second. The run was captured by French director Jean-Louis Mourey in the iconic film 'Climb Dance.'

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Loeb smashes the record
Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak Loeb

Loeb smashes the record

Many expected Sebastien Loeb to beat the record but he didn't just beat the record, he obliterated it. The Frenchman became the first driver at Pikes Peak to get under nine minutes and did so with a stunning time of 8:13.878.

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