Sébastien Loeb on Peugeot Pikes Peak Racer: “I’ve never driven anything that accelerates so fast!”

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Sébastien Loeb on Peugeot Pikes Peak Racer: “I’ve never driven anything that accelerates so fast!”

The most successful driver in World Rally Championship history, Sébastien Loeb, is no stranger to fast cars, and even he is impressed by Peugeot’s new Pikes Peak race car. 

“The 208 T16 Pikes Peak is a rocket! It’s so powerful! The first time you drive it, each gear change practically stuns you,” says Loeb of the race car. “The shifts are really brutal, and it takes a little time to anticipate the sudden jarring. You get used to it, but it was quite disorienting to begin with.”

The performance comes from a mid-rear positioned bi-turbo V6 that makes 875 hp, combined with an overall weight of just 1929 lbs. That combo allows the race car to jump to 62 mph in just 1.8 seconds, and gives the car a power to weight ratio of 1:1. To top it off, the wing on the back is a full six-feet wide, providing loads of downforce to keep the car planted.

“Due to its aerodynamic downforce and wide tyres, its braking is amazing, too,” Loeb exclaimed. “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…”

The Pikes Peak hill climb is set to take place this year on June, 30.

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