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Sebastien Loeb has won the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, smashing the previous record by more than 1min 30sec.

Behind the wheel of the 652kW Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak, the nine-time World Rally Champion covered the famous 20-kilometre, 156-turn course at an average speed of 145km/h to complete the ‘Race to the Clouds’ in 8min 19.878sec.

Significantly quicker than last year’s record-setting run of 9min 46.164sec achieved by Rhys Millen, Loeb’s new time set the trend with the top three finishers all beating the 2012 record.

Sebastien Loeb - Lifestyle

Loeb said for him, this was the race of the year.

“I really didn’t expect anything better than 8m 15s, so to do 8m 13s was fantastic,” the Frenchman said.

“Before the start I didn’t really know if I should push absolutely to the maximum or if I should just push to a comfortable pace, in order to make sure of the victory. In the end, I decided to push to the limit.”

Finishing second to Loeb by 49 seconds, New Zealand-born Rhys Millen claimed second spot in his all-new rear-wheel drive Hyundai RMR PM580-T with a time of 9m 02.192sec.

The Peugeot 208 T16 pikes peak - Detail

“I knew I wasn’t going to beat Sebastien’s time, so I just decided to take no risks,” Millen said.

“You have to hand it to Loeb and Peugeot Sport: they were unbeatable. That time they set was simply incredible. When will it be beaten? It might never be.”

The win is Peugeot’s first at Pikes Peak since victories in 1988 and 1989 – the former a record-breaking run by Ari Vatanen in a Peugeot 405 T16 of 10m 47.220sec that became legend after the film ‘Climb Dance’ was made.

Stay tuned for a full wrap up of the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

 


  • Des KSA

    So typically American in the Vid. “A new world record at Pikes Peak”, It’s a new record at Pikes Peak, hardly a world record. Tossers.

    • Gus

      disagree, pikes peak is the biggest hill climb event in the world in terms of altitude delta and money/spectators/international recognition. same thing goes for obtaining a world record on the nurburgring, its credible because it is the mecca of all racing circuits

  • RS265BDD

    Sebastien Loeb what else is their to be said, the man is a monster of a driver and probably the Worlds best Rally Driver in History.

    • Ivn

      He’s not only the world’s best rally driver, he’s the World’s best Driver alive.

  • Phil

    Rhys Millen should declare a rematch on the Race to the Sky route in NZ. All that asphalt and guardrail has made Pikes Peak too soft. Gravel would be a great equaliser.

    • marc

      Unfortunately the Hyundai is 2WD (purpose built for tarmac) and the Peugeot is AWD, and has a lot more power, which would extend it’s advantage on gravel.

      • Phil

        AWD is an advantage, and you are right they would probably still win, but if you’ve ever driven the Snow Farm road you’d have no doubt they’d never put 652kw down, with or without AWD. That’s what I dislike about Pikes Peak now, being completely sealed it just widens the gap between the haves and have-nots.

        • marc

          The records there are all in AWDs; and the same cars used at Pikes.

          • Phil

            Don’t dispute that – but look at the open wheel record at Pikes set in 1994 at 10:05, vs Rod Millen’s unlimited class time of 10:04 that same year. The times set up to 2011 when there was still gravel sections are still mostly in the 10 minute bracket for unlimited class (apart from Monster’s 9:51 in 2011, when only about 30% of the course was gravel), to now. Clearly the fully sealed road favours those with AWD and massive HP given the ridiculous improvement in elapsed time. A minute and a half better says as much about the road surface as the car and driver.

            Don’t recall the open wheeler class ever running at Queenstown either, only buggies.

    • DAVIDZ

      Loeb would destroy him, even if they swapped vehicles…..

  • DAVIDZ

    HOW DO YOU FEEL NOW hyuNdai? BWAHHHHHHHHHHH

    • Paul

      What is this ? How does a car company coming second in a prestigious motoring event elicit a response like this ? The psychology is quite obvious but still embarrassing to be sharing same cyberspace with such types.

      • DAVIDZ

        1 WORD, 2nd is LOSER
        NEXT!

  • Arthur

    New Peugeot 208 slogan: “If you go this high, you better send a rocket” :)

  • Steve

    Could you please re-cut this video? The commentatiors are boring. We need recordings of the engine noise, inside of the car, etc…Thanks