Video: Sebastien Loeb smashes Pikes Peak record

Video: Sebastian Loeb smashes Pikes Peak record

Recently we brought you news that nine-time World Rally Championship winner Sebastien Loeb was to turn his hand to hill climbing, namely the notoriously dangerous Pikes Peak event in the Rocky Mountains of the USA.

Armed with a specially built 863bhp Peugeot 208, labelled the T16 Pikes Peak, anticipation was high for the Frenchman not only to come out on top, but also to set a new course record.


Loeb didn't disappoint, covering the 156 corners of the 12.42-mile route in 8min 13.878secs and obliterating the previous course record – set by New Zealander Rhys Millen – by over 90 seconds.

Managing an average speed of 87.47mph, he was obviously undaunted by the sheer drops and immovable trees that line the route.

Millen himself has admitted that Loeb's record will be unbeatable.

Speaking to CarAdvice, he said upon being asked if he could beat Loeb: "Not on this road, not in this car. If they have a good run on Sunday you will never see that record fall again."

Click play below to watch Loeb's record-breaking Pikes Peak run in full.

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