TG drives Peugeot 208 T16
Before it heads to a museum, our tame rallyist thrashes Loeb’s Pikes Peak racer
Posted: 14 Feb 2014
So what might it be like to pilot this car against the clock, up a tight mountain road, with boulder fields to the left and mile-high drops to the right?"It's only now, from a driver's point of view, that I can see how much of an accomplishment it was for Sébastien to have done what he did," Kris says in admiration. "I knew it was a fascinating achievement to drive something with so much performance in such a confined environment, where you can't make a mistake. But it's only when you sit behind the wheel and experiencethe potential that it really sinks in how big an achievement it was."
The thing is, this car is so capable it could go on a crusade - destroying legendary lap times around timed stretches of tarmac the world over. After a bit of quick Top Gear maths, we reckon that the T16 could smash the Isle of Man car lap record by an even bigger margin than Séb achieved at Pikes Peak. Even quicker than the bikes, perhaps. Kris Meeke's eyes light up again.