For all the accolades and accomplishments Sebastien Loeb has garnered in his illustrious career, he just put another impressive notch on his belt at the recent Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Loeb’s scintillating run up Pikes Peak on board the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak Racecar only took 8:13.878, a staggering time that crushed the previous Pikes Peak record of 9:46 that was set by Rhys Millen just last year.
Wrap your heads around that and it’s easy to point out that Loeb’s record-breaking run up the mountain beat the existing top lap time by more than 90 seconds!
If there ever was a fitting way to describe "destruction" this would be it.
What makes Loeb’s time even more incredible is that Millen, the incumbent record-holder before Loeb put him in his place, likewise posted a blistering lap time on board his fully modified Hyundai Genesis, clocking in 9:02.192, almost 45 seconds faster than the record time he set last year, yet was still 45 seconds slower than Loeb’s time.
Ladies and gentlemen, if you ever want to put your stamp on a world record, this is how you do it.
Just complete and total annihilation.
Click past the jump to read about the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak Racecar
Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak Racecar
This fully-prepped race car will forever be linked now to Sebastien Loeb after he used it to completely obliterate the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb lap time record.
Aesthetically speaking, the race car definitely looks the part of a world beater, thanks to the generous amounts of carbon fiber used on the car to go with extended side skirts and a side-exiting exhaust. A massive rear wing is also part of the design, as is an interior that’s been stripped down to accommodate nothing more than racing equipment.
But the biggest thing about the 208 T16 is the powertrain, which we believe to have packed 750 horsepower at the very least, good enough to hit 60 mph in just 2.6 seconds with a top speed of about 200 mph.