Sebastien Loeb’s quest to tame the monster that is the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak reaches new heights as the team concluded a full dress rehearsal going up Mont Ventoux – a demanding and famous stage of the Tour De France. It was the first time the new car was unleashed in anger, and Peugeot has kindly released a video of the test.

With 875 hp to carry just 875 kg the 208-badged purpose-made hill climb special has close to three times the power of Loeb’s usual WRC car while weighing significantly less (a WRC car weighs a portly 1,200 kg without driver and co-pilot). No wonder then that he needs all the seat time he can get before the real action starts in a month’s time.

Loeb has his work cut out for him now. “It’s a beast of a car,” he said. “Driving it on a real road is a very useful pointer because that is what awaits us at Pikes Peak. Its handling is extremely responsive but I’m still not quite able to place it as precisely as I would like. That’s something we will need to work on a little more…”