When rallying legend Sebastien Loeb turned up at last year’s Festival of Speed armed with the fearsome ‘Pikes Peak’ Peugeot 208 T16, something remarkable happened: He didn’t actually set a time up the hill to challenge the long-standing record of 41.6 seconds. Such is the Frenchman’s record of achievement behind the wheel that for him not to have challenged Nick Heidfeld’s record was almost as newsworthy as would have been a new record time!
Judging by this recent appearance at the infamous Nurburgring it looks like he’s been getting in some practice and would appear to be in fine fettle, testing ahead of the German round of the World Touring Car Championship
The car he’s in is a Citroen C-Elysee WTCC machine which is some way off the kind of performance the 208 T-16 can serve up, but still it’s no slouch. After all, this is the car which bagged an astonishing 14 wins from 15 starts last season. Decent piece of kit, then.
We can’t decide which is more impressive though: his smoothness and minimal steering inputs, or the staggering cornering speeds?