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
The only way to find out what the T16 is really like is to drive it. Which is why it is now sitting in a sparse pit garage at Circuit La Ferté Gaucher, just outside Paris, with the same small team from Pikes Peak fussing gently around it. TG has it exclusively for the day, just before it gets mothballed and put in a museum. Problem is, we need a driver.
Not anyone can get into a four-wheeled bomb like this and test it to the limit. Luckily, we knew someone who could: TopGear's favourite rallyist, Kris Meeke. He enters the garage suited and booted, and immediately has a quick scan of the car. Round and round, shaking his head constantly as he feels the tyre compound, eyes up the aerodynamics and takes in the finer details. "This. Is. Insane," he spurts in his Northern Irish accent. "You can't imagine what a car like this is going to feel like, I'm going to have to rely on my instincts."