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
After a quick look at the telemetry, Kris opens the wafer-thin carbon door and hops back in for another session. The track's getting drier, and Kris is pushing harder. Through the fast chicane the car changes direction instantly, doesn't flinch when the calipers grab the carbon-ceramic discs. Light whistling from the turbo flutters on half throttle, and around slower corners, fiery flatulence is discharged from the T16's side-exit exhausts. On the main straight, the car ejects our man from the last corner then chews through a handful of ratios until it hits its limiter in sixth: 151mph.
Removing his helmet, Kris is drenched in sweat. "I've driven Group B rally cars, and you could say this is a state-of-the-art Group B car," he confesses while sponging his brow with his balaclava. "But to have the Holy Grail of a one-to-one power-to-weight ratio, in a car of this spec is pretty special. It constantly blows your mind in terms of what it's capable of. The car is not the limiting factor... it's the driver.