Pikes Peak – cloud catcher
As with Dakar, Peugeot is no stranger to the remarkable Pikes Peak hill climb, known as the Race to the Clouds. A former holder of the record courtesy of one A. Vatanen, the French team returned in 2013 with Loeb and the 863bhp 208 T16.
Although it was Loeb’s first time at the event, he sliced over 1min 30sec from the course record when he completed the 12-mile, 156-corner climb in 8min 13.878sec at an average speed of 90mph.
WRX – the next chapter
2016 sees Loeb back behind the wheel of a 208, this time a World Rallycross Championship car.
At the opening rounds of the season in Portugal he made it all the way through to the final. On this occasion the Frenchman’s expected podium finish didn’t materialise, but he and Peugeot are in it for the long haul, so you can expect Loeb to claim a 10th motorsport world title sooner rather than later.
Loeb joined the World Rallycross Championship in 2016. Peugeot and Loeb contested the 2016 Dakar, with the Frenchman leading the South American event – his first – after just the second stage. Loeb’s luck ran out but Peugeot went on to claim its fifth Dakar victory. Pikes Peak hill climb is a daunting challenge, yet at his first attempt at it in 2013, in a Peugeot 208 T16, Loeb knocked a minute and a half off the record