TG drives Peugeot 208 T16
Before it heads to a museum, our tame rallyist thrashes Loeb’s Pikes Peak racer
Posted: 14 Feb 2014
Speaking to the car's creator, Kris expresses his shock at how quickly it takes gears: "You don't appreciate, even when you're in it, how quickly it gathers speed. You have to have your wits about you to anticipate everything and just keep firing gears at it. I'm still nowhere near the potential, even in a straight line. I'm not even using the rev lights at the moment, just doing it through feel."
After a quick look at the telemetry, Kris opens the wafer-thin carbon door and hops back in for another session. The track's getting drier, and Kris is pushing harder. Through the fast chicane the car changes direction instantly, doesn't flinch when the calipers grab the carbon-ceramic discs. Light whistling from the turbo flutters on half throttle, and around slower corners, fiery flatulence is discharged from the T16's side-exit exhausts. On the main straight, the car ejects our man from the last corner then chews through a handful of ratios until it hits its limiter in sixth: 151mph.