Sebastien Loeb is one busy chap isn’t he? Just last week he commandingly drove Citroen back into the WRC winner’s circle in Rally Argentina, and this coming weekend will see him back in the thick of the action racing a Martini Racing-liveried 911 in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup series.
Come June, the on-demand superstar will be off to the clouds competing in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in this monster, the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak. Neither Sebastien or Peugeot is leaving anything to chance or pure talent, as they embark on an extensive test programme to extract the best out of the supreme combination.
The nine-time consecutive WRC world champion’s first experience with the 875 hp beast was filmed for us to watch. Loeb’s first comment? “It’s a rocket! The 208 package is a combination of the best of several worlds: it’s got the downforce of a Formula 1 car, the wide tyres of an endurance racing prototype and a differential, like a WRC car…”
It’s no ordinary 208, then. Now let’s see if he can beat Monster Tajima’s Toyota Super 86 and the all-time record set by Rhys Millen last year up Colorado’s 20-kilometre long, 4,301 metres high summit.