Yesterday, Sebastien Loeb blasted past the Goodwood house with his record-setting Pike’s Peak Peugeot bouncing off the rev limiter and undercutting his next closest competitor by nearly 2 seconds on the short, quick, 1.5 mile forest rally course. Just a few moments ago, Loeb improved his time again with an astonishing 44.6 second pass that, as I write this, was more than 9 (nine) seconds quicker than 2nd place. (!)
Loeb’s appearance at Goodwood on the anniversary of his historic Pike’s Peak run means, of course, that he’s not in Colorado defending his record, which opens the door for Monster Tajima to take the win at this year’s “Race to the Clouds”, but still – the day belongs to Sebastien Loeb and his monstrous Peugeot 208. “I am hitting top gear before the end of the straight. I am bouncing off the limiter,” Loeb confessed to the UK’s Telegraph.
That lack of gearing means that Loeb, a 9-time World Rally Championship-winning driver and LeMans/DTM winner, won’t be able to chase down Nick Heidfeld’s record Godowood time of 41.6 second record, set in a McLaren MP4-13 Formula 1 car back in 1999. ’99, it should be noted, was the last time that “current” F1 cars were timed at Goodwood, for fear that they were simply too fast and too dangerous for the narrow course.
Anyone else think Loeb needs an F1 ride to add to his resume before he calls it quits? What about letting the massively powerful turbo/hybrid-era Formula 1 cars from 2014 out on the track again? Let us know what you think in the comments, below. Enjoy!
Source | Images: Goodwood FOS Social Stream.