2016 Peugeot 208 R5 T16
€159,000 EUR | Asking
| Wuenheim, France
- Highly successful, production-based FIA “R5” rule set design, previously eligible for WRC events.
- Supplied by Peugeot Sport to the eponymous team of 9-time WRC Champion Sebastien Loeb.
- Driven to victory on the 2017 Rallye du Chablais by Sebastien Loeb.
- Finished third in the 2018 Rallye du Florival, driven by Francois Jakubowski.
- Immaculately presented, and supplied with set up data for both gravel and asphalt use.
As the World Rally Championship embarked upon a new millennium, it boasted just two four-time Drivers’ Champions in its illustrious history: Finnish greats Juha Kankkunen and Tommi Makinen. However, all this changed with the arrival of a prodigious young talent who would come to both dominate the sport and redraw the parameters of rallying success over the ensuing decade and a half: Sebastien Loeb.
Blessed with sublime car control, unparalleled commitment and - much to the chagrin of his fellow competitors - an easy-going demeanour, Loeb’s ascent through the ranks was meteoric; victory in the 2001 Junior World Championship leading to a part-season campaign in the 2002 WRC with the works Citroen Sport team. In 2003, Loeb participated in his first full WRC season, finishing second in the Championship to Petter Solberg. Remarkably, this would be the only full season of his entire WRC career in which he did not take the Drivers’ World title: thereafter, for the next nine consecutive seasons, Loeb took the drivers’ crown - and a remarkable 79 WRC wins.
Having concluded his full-time WRC career in 2012 to pursue new challenges in circuit racing and Rallycross - and to devote more time to his nascent Race and Rally Team, Sebastien Loeb Racing - the popular Frenchman continued to compete in selected WRC events as well as occasional National grade rallies. Loeb retained close links with PSA Peugeot-Citroen, competing in a variety of French and Swiss events with cars including a Citroen DS3, Peugeot 306 Maxi and the actual car featured here: the Peugeot 208 T16 R5.
Originally built by Peugeot Sport to the commendably cost-conscious, FIA-regulated “R5” rule set introduced in 2012, the 208 T16 R5 was powered by a turbocharged 1,600 cc four-cylinder engine boasting some 280 bhp. This was transmitted to the road via a 3MO-manufactured five-speed sequential gearbox and four-wheel drive system with self-locking differentials, whilst Ohlins dampers and four-pot Alcon brake calipers took care of suspension and braking responsibilities respectively.
Acquired directly from Peugeot Sport by Sebastien Loeb Racing, this particular chassis’ first competitive outing was in round seven of the 2016 WRC, Rally Poland, in which it was driven by French Asphalt Rally specialist Quintin Giordano. Regrettably, the car retired after Stage 5 with mechanical maladies, having run strongly in the top 20 of the WRC2 class until that point. Giordano drove the car once again in the Rallye Deutschland - also a WRC event - although once again this ended in disappointment, with Giordano and co-driver Thomas Roux crashing out on the first stage. The pair recorded a further retirement in November’s Rallye du Var, although their final outing with the car was altogether more successful, finishing fourth overall and first in the “R5” class on the season-ending Rallycircuit Cote d’Azur.
The following year, the car was driven to victory in the 2017 Rallye du Chablais by Sebastien Loeb himself, navigated on this occasion by his wife Severine; an accomplished co-driver in her own right. After an early battle with the Ford Fiesta R5 of local hero Sebastien Carron, a characteristic late Loeb surge saw him take victory in five of the last seven Special Stages, and overall victory from Carron by just over half a minute. Thereafter, the car remained with Loeb Racing, with Francois Jakubowski competing in a further three French National events with the car, his best result being third overall and second in class on the 2018 Rallye du Florival. The car’s competitive swansong was in the hands of Jean-Phillipe Nicolao, who finished fourth overall and fourth in class in the 2018 Rallye de la Vesubie.
As with all contemporary competition cars, usage of the car’s major components has been closely monitored; the recorded mileages of the engine (1,450km), turbo (850km) and gearbox (2,450km) all comparing favourably to their recommended rebuild intervals of 4,000km. Immaculately presented in the iconic Red Bull colours brought to rallying (and global) prominence by its illustrious former pilot, the car is fitted with a Monit T100 Rally Computer and is ready for immediate and competitive use on all manner of National and International rallies. A further optional spares package is available by further negotiation.