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
Using the bespoke tubular spaceframe chassis as a set of monkey bars, Kris hoists himself into the off-centre seating position. He doesn't look nervous, more intrigued. He pulls the carbon prong for first gear, and it engages with the sound of a nail gun. A few blips of the throttle, and he heads down the slick pit lane, almost gingerly.
At this point, most of us would crawl around the first lap, petrified that we'd get the priceless, one-off, now-legendary car a little bit written off. Not Kris. He checks the vitals work - steering, pedals, gears - and guns it to the first complex. Coming into view, he pans across the horizon giving a visual demonstration of aerodynamics: that massive venturi underneath the car sucks water from the tarmac and throws it out behind the car in a fountain-sized rooster tail. Carving round one of the flat circuit's long, long corners, Kris eyes the exit, prods his right foot and 875bhp is fed to all four wheels so efficiently that the car appears at the next corner as if by video glitch.