405 T16 at Mont Ventoux: Time for Tea?


Maybe we should contact Chris Froome for a Dream Drive shortly; the combination of his F-Type V6 S prize and the breathtaking (in every sense!) Mont Ventoux sounds like a beautiful combination.

Pikes Peak winners + Mont Ventoux = great vid
Pikes Peak winners + Mont Ventoux = great vid
But this may be even better still. The location remains Mont Ventoux but, instead of an F-Type or wheezing peleton, the vehicle ascending it is a Peugeot 405 T16. It's not exactly Climb Dance Mk II, especially as there are no onboard shots of Ari Vatenen powersliding with one hand, but it makes for some damn cool footage nonetheless. Especially with the flames.

And as if a video of Peugeot's 80s Pikes Peak hero hammering up a French mountainside wasn't enthralling enough, the 208 T16 joins its forebear half way through. The ensuing duel is a feast of spoilers, slats, pops and bangs, set against some gorgeous scenery.

There's a final piece of intrigue with this vid too; what is the camera car? Given how rapidly this Audi Avant is travelling, some kind of RS model would be the logical conclusion. But, even by Quattro's restrained standards, this is very subtle. Any ideas?


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  • richb77 25 Jul 2013

    Am i the only one that was literally screaming at the monitor "Give it he beans then!" throughout?

    Awesome video all the same smile

    Also. Is it me or is the 208 almost the same size as the 405?

  • pits 24 Jul 2013

    The video was that interesting people were more concerned what the camera car was.

    Sorry but if you're rolling out the 405 T16 Pikes Peak car that st needs to be going sideways, with the 208 actually dueling it, not following at walking pace, wouldn't be so bad if the article writer hadn't bigged it up as something awesome when it was pretty disappointing, it was like watching two mobility scooters going around a couple of bends with some really nice noise.


  • Gary C 23 Jul 2013

    crostonian said:
    Saw a 205 T16 competing in the Trento-Bondone hillclimb in northern Italy back in 2007, some youtube footage here;

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzqyW2y3Yqs
    I saw a t16 competing in keilder forest on the rac rally.

    Group B, what a rush.

  • PascalBuyens 23 Jul 2013

    Max_Torque said:
    I assume this is just "filming of" video footage? Clearly the actual footage shot will make it into an advert or short publicity film at some point (no doubt in HD etc)
    At a guess I would say the images ended up here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FvN8244zpOE

  • astrsxi77 23 Jul 2013

    Max_Torque said:
    I assume this is just "filming of" video footage? Clearly the actual footage shot will make it into an advert or short publicity film at some point (no doubt in HD etc)
    Doubtless to be turned into a some legacy-and-history feelgood ad which blasts you with irrelevance before subliminally instructing you to go forth and purchase the latest Diesel drivel at your local Peugeot outlet.

    "Peugeot - Race Technology for the Road" etc etc etc....

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