The nine time WRC world champion, Sebastien Loeb (France) managed to radically improve by 1 minute and 30 seconds, the old track record for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Loeb stopped the timers at 8:13.878.
Sebastien Loeb literally smashed the record for the famous mountain climb at Pikes Peak, Colorado – 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Driving a specially prepared Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak, Loeb stopped the timers in just 8:13.878, a new track record. This is the first time when a pilot in the Unlimited class drops below 9 minutes, breaking the former record by over a minute and a half.
Sebastien Loeb King of the Race to the Clouds
Sebastien Loeb had no problem in the climb, even seemed that in a few corners he could find a faster path. His main opponent, Romain Dumas (France), was forced to abandon due to technical problems even before the start, while the Hyundai pilot, Rhys Millen, the last year’s winner recorded a time of 9:02.192, with more than 45 seconds behind Loeb. Last year, Rhys Millen set the track record with a 9:46.164 time, record pulverized today by Sebastien Loeb.
Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak
The racing car drove by Sebastien Loeb is powered by a 3.2-liter V6 engine that develops 875 horsepower, while the transmission, carbon brakes and aerodynamics have been borrowed from the Peugeot 908 Le Mans Series. Since the car weighs just 875 kilograms (1,929 lbs), the power / weight ratio is 1:1.
Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak is able to reach 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 1.8 seconds, while the top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph) is reached in seven seconds.
What is the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC)
The hill climbing competition is held annually on the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, Colorado USA. This is a track of 19.99 kilometers (12.42 miles), the racing cars starting in the competition covering a level of difference of 1,400 meters (4,720 ft) between the start at Mile 7 on Pikes Peak Highway, climbing to a height of 4,300 meters (14,110 ft). The track turns 156 turns with a slope averaging 7%. The road surface is fully paved from August 2011 (it used to consist of both gravel and tarmac).
PPIHC is an official competition in the FIA International Events calendar, on its start usually lining up over 150 participants from around the world.
Sebastien Loeb with Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak at 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.