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
At exactly 9.30am, the near-deafening sound of an engine bred from an anarchical, no-rules policy reverberates off the garage's cold, breeze-block walls. The car tentatively rolls out of the garage with Peugeot's development driver Grégory Guilvert at the wheel. It's in the configuration for testing at Mont Ventoux - subtly different from the Pikes Peak set-up, as we're at a much lower altitude, so the turbo is in a different state of tune and we don't have the trick post-combustion system. The ground is also wet, so grooved tyres sit at all four corners - something they didn't need in the States. But, even with a damp track, it's just a case of a quick slalom to get some heat in the tyres then Grégory engages full warhead mode. The combination of crisp, relentless revs from the engine, punctuated by instant gearchanges, plus the sheer rate that the Pug gets from one part of the track to another, requires a complete recalibration of the senses. Kris has a hungry look in his eye. Soon enough, it's his turn.