June 30, 2013 the French Sébastien Loeb demonstrated his prowess behind the wheel of a racing car in one of the most difficult tests in the world: the climb of Pikes Peak, which is disputed in the mountains of Colorado, in the United States.
Loeb, who at the time had closed his full-time pilot cycle at the World rally, disputed "the race to the clouds" with the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak, specially developed by the French brand to face an intricate journey of 19,99 kilometers, with 156 curves y a goal located more than 4.300 meters above sea level.
The Frenchman won that edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and set a record time of 8m13s878 / 1000. This is how the American's brand improved in almost a minute and a half Rhys Millen, who in 2012 had registered 9m46s164 with a Hyundai Genesis Coupé.
That record of the nine-time WRC champion was kept as a reference for this unique competition that takes place from 1916 until his compatriot lowered it in 2018. Romain Dumas modules with the Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak electric and a brand of 7:57.148.
Séb took advantage of all the benefits of his machine weighing 875 kilos and an engine of 875 horses. Thanks to its balanced power-to-weight ratio, the Peugeot beast stood out with incredible features such as acceleration of 0 to 100 km / h in 1,8 seconds, from 0 to 200 km / h in 4,8 and from 0 to 400 km / h in 7,0.
“Driving this car was a very special feeling. It had the downforce of a Le Mans prototype, with greater acceleration than a Formula 1 and with a landscape similar to a rally. Just out of the curves the traction was amazing. Although I couldn't make any mistakes because I only had one try, I went to the limit for the 20 kilometers. Honestly, I had a lot of pressure "he explained at the time.
With this triumph, Loeb increased his fame and joined a select group of WRC drivers who also beat the climb like his compatriot. Michele mouton, the German Walter Röhrl, Swedish Stig Blomqvist and the finns Ari Vatanen y Juha Kankkunen.