Sebastien Loeb has set an astonishing new record at the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. And when we say ‘set a new record’, we mean torpedoing last year’s 9m 46.181s time to such an extent, Rhys Millen may not even bother turning up next year. Loeb torched through the mountain in just 8m 13.878s.
Of course, you’ll know this already, because you’ve been following TG.com’s coverage of this legendary race, haven’t you? In the build up to the actual run last week, Peugeot Sport’s 208 T16 with its 875kg kerbweight and 875bhp 3.2-litre endurance-racing V6 engine and space-age rear wing has been tearing the Pikes mountain a new one.
So it was to nobody’s surprise that Seb would smash the record, but by quite a margin? Even we weren’t prepared for that. “It was really good,” the Frenchman later said about his run. “I felt a lot of pressure but since the start of the test the feeling with the car was really good, I had a very good drive, no mistakes, and for sure I’m really satisfied to reach the top without any mistakes,” he added.
Millen – previous record holder – was happy with his second placed finish. “You know, as the cards were stacking out today for us, the goal was to get second, and we achieved that. The car is in one piece, and ran as good as I could have expected. All in all, I’m so proud of the team.”
We’ve managed to get our hands on some footage of Sebastien Loeb’s incredible record-breaking run up Pikes Peak, and, well, we strongly advise you to stop everything you’re doing, turn up your speakers and watch a grandmaster at work. Once you’re done there, have a mosey on over to our Motorsports section, where we’ve got more coverage of this epic race.
Nine-time WRC champion, Le Mans 24hr runner-up, X-Games champion and now Pikes Peak record holder. Perhaps Seb should have taken Webber’s spot at Red Bull’s F1 squad next year and partnered that other Seb…