Driver wears POV camera for recordbreaking Pikes Peak run

first_imgIf you enjoy play rally driving games like Colin McRae Rally or DiRT, then you’re probably used to viewing and controlling the high-speed action from the cockpit or bonnet-mounted camera view. Both views give you a great sense of the speed, but nothing really beats being inside the car experiencing that first hand–something most of us will never get the chance to do.The video below is not taken from a game, but is instead the real thing. The driver is Sebastien Loeb, who has won the WRC championship nine times. The course is located in the Rocky Mountains, and his challenge was to set the best time for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.Before Loeb took up the challenge, no one had managed to complete the 19.9km, 156 corner course in under 9 minutes. But Loeb not only went sub 9-minutes, he smashed all previous times by crossing the finish line in 8 minutes 13.878 seconds. To put that in context, the previous best time was 9 minutes 46.164 seconds.Loeb set the new record in a Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak edition, which has a bespoke 876bhp four-wheel-drive engine. It seems unlikely anyone will come close to beating his time now, unless of course Loeb decides to have another go on the next running of the Pikes Peak challenge.While I’m definitely not going to take up rally driving after watching that, it does make me want to go and pick up a decent racing wheel and a copy of DiRT or the recently released Grid 2 to play. If you own a PS3 and fancy some driving action, there’s the Gran Turismo 6 demo, too.last_img

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