Andreucci and Breen took part in a five-day development test in the Maures mountains in southern France earlier this month, which has provided Peugeot Sport engineers with a significant amount of varied information and data through contrasting driving styles of the two pilots.
“This was my first time in the Peugeot 208 T16, and I must say I felt perfectly at home in it at once,” said multiple Italian champion and Peugeot stalwart Andreucci.
“The basic car is very good and it responds immediately to set-up modifications. They produce the expected effect and that is the sign of a sound chassis. The test stages were a challenge, especially for the dampers, but it didn’t take long to find an efficient set-up. I can’t wait to drive it on an actual event.”
Breen, a frontrunner in this year’s ERC with three podiums to his name, said: “It was very interesting to be the first person to drive the Peugeot 208 T16 on asphalt. It certainly feels competitive. Personally, though, I will need to accustom myself with the turbo which is a big change compared with the Peugeot 207 S2000, especially on asphalt. Everything about the car is new and, the more we work on it, the more we realise how much potential it really has.”