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Can Hyundai's new 671kW sports car beat Sebastian Loeb's insane 643kW Peugeot 208?

Hyundai has revealed its insane Pikes Peak sports car, but will face stiff competition at one of the most prestigious –  and oldest – motor races in the US in 2013, the treacherous Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

US-based driver Rhys Millen broke the overall record for the perilous 20 kilometre 'race to the clouds' in 2012, driving a
Hyundai Genesis Coupe to a time of 9:46.164. He plans to return in 2013 driving this even more insane Hyundai Genesis PM580T car in the 'unlimited prototype' class.

The car is powered by a 671kW turbocharged version of Hyundai's 4.1-litre V6 engine that belts out a spleen-smashing 1085Nm of torque. The force-fed mid-mounted six-cylinder engine drives through a five-speed sequential gearbox, and the whole kit and caboodle weighs 861kg.

It runs Hankook tyres and Brembo brakes and though Hyundai has't released performance specifications, expect a 0-100km/h time of "OMG" and a top-speed of "Say what now?"

Despite Hyundai's new weapon, it's up against the world's most successful WRC driver, nine-times world champion Sebastien Loeb. The rally hotshot is driving a custom-made
Peugeot 208 T16 race car running a 643kW twin-turbo V6 engine churning out 882Nm of torque.

It accelerates from 0-100km/h faster than an F1 car...

Nevertheless, Hyundai and Millen will be looking to defend their title against the Gallic assault with a car that looks every bit as potent as the Peugeot. Hyundai's trump card will be that New Zealand-born Millen is no stranger to the Pikes Peak hill climb, having competed in the event for 15 years, setting various class records along the way.

The race contains 156 corners and challenges car and driver like few other races. One wrong move can result in more than just the end of the race.

The lack of oxygen at the finish line (more than four kilometres above sea level) can also sap as much as a third of vehicular power – that means roughly 220kW drained from the hardcore Hyundai and Peugeot machines.

The start line for the 20km race – similar in distance to a lap of the Nurburgring – is located at an altitude of 2862 metres (9390ft) and the finish line is a staggering 4300 metres (14,110ft) high, and often dusted with sleet and snow.

The 91st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in 2013 will almost certainly see records broken as it's the first time the entire course has been fully sealed. In the past there were several dirt and gravel sections, which often caught drivers out, in the worst cases sending them plunging off the side of the mountain.

Pikes Peaks has several car, motorcycle and quad racer categories, but who do you think will win the premier car class – Peugeot or Hyundai? Have your say in the comments below and stay tuned to motoring.com.au for coverage of the high-risk race, taking place between Monday June 24 and Sunday June 30.

Peugeot 208 vs Hyundai Genesis

Power: 643kW vs 671kW
Torque: 882Nm vs 1085Nm
Weight: 875kg vs 861kg
Top Speed: 240km/h vs TBA

 

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