Sebastien Loeb is a nine-time consecutive WRC world champion, and yet he was still amazed by Peugeot’s latest offering – the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak. Upon arriving at a high-security track at La Ferté-Vidame in France, Loeb believed he was just doing a routine test session. But after a few laps with the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak, he felt he was in for a new kind of thrill.
After the session, Loeb compared the 208 T16 Pikes Peak to a rocket, saying it is “so powerful!” He said that each gear change “practically stuns you.” He added that shifts are “brutal,” saying that and it takes a little time “to anticipate the sudden jarring.” But what really amazed Loeb is the 208 T16 Pikes Peak’s acceleration. “I’ve never driven anything that accelerates so fast!” Loeb said.
He remarked that in the lower gears, a Formula 1 car doesn’t deliver maximum power, but the 208 T16 Pikes Peak’s pull-away performance is phenomenal. He said that a driver of the vehicle could find himself in sixth gear at “240kph in no time at all.”
Powered by an engine that provides up to 875 hp, the 208 T16 Pikes Peak could accelerate from zero to 100 kph in just 1.8 seconds, good enough to leave any F1 car behind.
Loeb was also impressed by the 208 T16 Pikes Peak’s aerodynamic downforce, wide tires and braking. More specifically, he said that the car has the downforce of an F1 car, the wide tires of an endurance racing prototype and a differential of a WRC car.