One of the highlights of last weekend was Sebastien Loeb’s record-shattering run up Pikes Peak in a mere eight minutes and 13.87 seconds. The 12-mile run up the mountain has 156 turns, but Loeb was still able to attain an average speed of more than 90 mph. Computerized simulations by Peugeot Motorsports’ engineers predicted an optimum Pikes Peak Hillclimb time of eight minutes and 15 seconds, which Loeb surpassed by more than a second.
At the start of the race, Loeb could see the clouds starting to accumulate near the peak, potentially hampering his chances at a new record. “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,” he said.
Peugeot also set the Pikes Peak record in 1988 with a 405 T16 race car with a 10 minute, 47.220-second time. At that time, the road was gravel from top to bottom. Today, the road from the base to the peak is fully-paved.
Watch the POV footage of Loeb’s record-breaking Pikes Peak run below!
Source: Red Bull Racing