Sébastien Loeb stunned by Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak + video

Posted on May 9, 2013 by
Sebastien Loeb's first impressions of the Peugeot 208 T16 were overwhelmingly positive

Sebastien Loeb’s first impressions of the 208 T16 were overwhelmingly positive

In his first test of the T16 Pikes Peak he will drive in Colorado on June 30, Sébastien Loeb has declared the car to be “a rocket.”

“I’ve never driven anything that accelerates so fast!” he said. “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!”688804_SI201304210161 (1024x683)

Indeed the car has a 0-62mph (100kph) time of a scarcely believable 1.8 seconds.

“I have driven many types of car in my career, but this is very, very different,” said the Frenchman. “Its acceleration, performance and stopping power are more like those of a Formula 1 single-seater than a rally car. Its handling is fantastic as well; there’s so much grip, and the all-wheel drive transmission makes it very stable. It’s got huge potential.”

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As the familiarisation and development programme continues Peugeot Sport has a busy test schedule ahead at circuits, on roads and at altitude.

“I don’t know what the car’s limits are yet,” said Loeb “But it was important to do this run on a circuit today. Now we have a better idea of where we stand. After that, the challenge will be to try to feel totally at one with the car. I really can’t wait to get to drive the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak in Colorado!”

Click here to see a video of Loeb’s first outing in the car.

Loeb compared  the Peugeot 208 T16's performance to that of a Formula 1 car.

Loeb compared the Peugeot 208 T16’s performance to that of a Formula 1 car.

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