When Top Gear drove the Peugeot 208 T16
Seb Loeb's 875bhp was fastest at Goodwood this weekend. Here's what happened when our man got a drive
Posted: 01 Jul 2014
"In this environment, it makes a WRC car feel like a toy - another level. I was trying to explore a bit more of the brakes, and I stopped 60 metres before the corner." But is he getting near the limit? "Not yet. The problem is trying to figure out how it reacts in a corner. You keep on probing a little bit, a little bit more, but you're so afraid that as soon as you go at it, you're gone. It takes every sinew in your body to not let yourself go too far."
After a break for lunch, the track is dry. Time for slick rubber. And everything gets really serious. Taking chunks of kerb, and braking later, the Irishman is flowing round the technical circuit faster than ever before. "I just got in and tried to drive it as fast as possible," he explains later. "At first, it felt like the car was a bit on edge, but as I got more relaxed, I pushed it more and more. I learnt that it's not a wild horse trying to buck you off. It's actually more rewarding the more you push it." This becomes obvious when we see Kris correcting the first signs of oversteer. He begins walking the tightrope of grip, constantly correcting and managing a slide to then catapult out of the corner, up the gears and into the limiter. Lap after lap, he gets quicker and quicker, until he's ushered in for the last time.