With the 2013 Pikes Peak hillclimb just two months away, Peugeot has finally unveiled its hotly debated challenger, the 208 T16.

Sebastian Loeb will race the T16 up the Pikes Peak on 30 June, marking the French team's return to the event since its memorable victories in 1988 and 1989 in the 405 T16.

It’s hard not to notice the fundamental cosmetic differences between the WRC 208 and the T16. Firstly, Peugeot has decided to exploit the airflow over the car by adding two colossal front and rear wings designed to increase downforce, as well as an under tray and diffuser. 

The wheel wells have also been modified in order to allow much larger wheels, brakes and suspension assembly.

Power comes from a 3.2-litre V6 twin-turbo petrol engine that has been developed to produce 875bhp. With a total weight of just 875kg, the 208 has a power-to-weight ratio of 1000bhp per tonne.

The engine is mounted in a rear-central position, and as low as possible, to improve the car's weight distribution and centre of gravity, vital for the tricky elevation and camber changes on the 12.42-mile long Pikes Peak course.