It’s paved, but Pikes Peak conditions remain
finicky, as RACER co-founder Jeff Zwart found.
A fast-moving storm slowed Zwart’s run up the
mountain in search of his eighth class victory at
the event, but he still took third in Time Attack.
Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull
A purpose-built Peugeot and all the
skill and bravery of a nine-time World
Rally Champion crushed the old record.
PAVED IN STONE?
Sebastien Loeb makes a Pikes Peak run for the ages
It was taken for granted that World Rally
legend Sebastien Loeb would win, likely
setting a record in the process, when he
came to the Pikes Peak International Hill
Climb for the first time with a car specially
designed for the task by Peugeot. Given
all that, it might seem he had little chance
to wow anyone…Yet he managed it.
The nine-time World Rally champion
got the win and the record, but not just
convincingly. He pulverized Rhys Millen’s
year-old record for the 12.42-mile, 156-turn
road to the 14,110ft. summit of the
Colorado mountain by more than 90
seconds, stopping the clocks at 8m13.878s.
Anyone dismissing the mark because the
route is now fully paved cannot have seen
the awesome commitment and skill evident
in Loeb’s driving from the in-car video (as
found on the Red Bull website).
208 T16 TECH
A monster made for
develops 875hp in
a car weighing
• 0-62mph in 1.8sec
and from zero to
a top speed of
150mph in 7sec.
• Transmission, air
intake, brakes and
rear wing from 908
Le Mans prototype
Garth Milan/Red Bull
• Mid-rear engine
that of Group B rally
cars of the 1980s
“I had a bit of a question to myself before I started,” said Loeb atop the Peak after his run. “Do I push really hard, to try and set a really good record, or is it better not to push so hard and be safe to get to the finish? In the end I think I got the most out of the car that I could. It’s a good record: I think it will be quite hard to beat.” Since Loeb says he won’t be back, that is a masterpiece of understatement.
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