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
"It's another level completely when it's on slicks. It's nuts, absolutely nuts," Kris says shocked, eyes alight. "It's fascinating. I couldn't breathe in certain corners because of the g-forces. As you get more ground effect, you rely on your inputs to see how much grip is available, so you can push harder in faster corners. There are some long, long corners here, and I couldn't get a breath mid-corner. That's the first time I've experienced that. In rallying, I'm used to short changes of direction, but this car quite literally takes your breath away."
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."