For today’s feature I am showing off a Norev. A Black Peugeot 208 T16 pikes peak showroom model to be precise.
For the uninitiated, Pikes Peak is an annual hill climb up a public road that scales the side of a mountain in Colorado. And Peugeot already had history with the race: Ari Vatanen and Robby Unser won back-to-back titles in 1988 and ‘89 in the bewinged Peugeot 405 T16 GR.
Eager to repeat history, the 208 T16 was created. An 875bhp, 875kg, super-specialist, hill-climb weapon. A supermini fitted with a turbocharged 3.2-litre V6, steering components, brakes, suspension and massive two-metre-wide rear wing/diffuser from Peugeot’s 908 Le Mans programme. In order to maximise the publicity, Peugeot struck a deal with Red Bull: the French manufacturer would supply the car, while the energy-drink company would use its PR nous to excite the world. But there was a catch. Red Bull had a designated driver. His name was Sébastien Loeb, nine-time WRC champion. Peugeot, presumably, hesitated for milliseconds.
The result was as expected; the margin of victory, unprecedented. The little Pug was so fast that Red Bull’s helicopter couldn’t keep up. Loeb didn’t break the Pikes Peak record, he obliterated it, turning in a time of 8:13.878, which equated to an average 90.53mph on the 12.42-mile, 156-turn, 4,720-foot track. He shaved ninety-two seconds off Rhys Millen’s record. A whole 16 per cent faster. It sent the motoring world into a bit of a frenzy.
The model here is a 1:60 scale representative of the same car albeit the livery. Body is diecast with a plastic base and surprisingly even the huge spoiler is diecast metal! Wheels are plastic and roll smooth. Overall a great one by Norev I would say.
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