Pikes Peak Peugeot: new video

Video of Sebastien Loeb driving his Pikes Peak Peugeot 208 T16 for the first time

Sebastien Loeb’s Pikes Peak Peugeot is nearly ready. The World Rally Championship’s winningest driver will aim for outright victory next month in a 208 T16, and he’s been behind the wheel driving his latest car – from the sister manufacturer of the WRC Citroen DS3 he’s driving part time in 2013 – for the first time.

It’s a long time since Peugeot attacked the Colorado hill climb, but it is well equipped to do so. The Red Bull-backed 208 T16 - which boasts a central driving position - will compete in the Unlimited class with a power-to-weight ratio twice as large as the Bugatti Veyron’s, an 875bhp 3.2-litre twin-turbo V6 engine combining with an 875kg kerb weight to propel the mega-hatch from 0-62mph in 1.8sec, with 0-124mph taking 4.8sec and 149mph reached in 7sec dead.

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And nine-time World Rally champ Loeb heaped praise on the T16 (albeit through an official Peugeot press release). ‘I’ve never driven anything that accelerates so fast! In the lower gears, a Formula 1 car doesn’t deliver maximum power. With the Peugeot, though, it’s bang, bang, bang as you move up the box from standstill. Due to its four-wheel-drive transmission and turbocharged engine, its pull-away performance is phenomenal! You find yourself in sixth gear at 150mph in no time at all!’

More pictures and details of the Pikes Peak 208 T16

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Check out Loeb’s manbag and the 208’s pace in the video below…

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