It's easy to gloss over the new Pikes Peak hill climb record as just another number. After all, we can say Sebastien Loeb did the deed a full minute and a half quicker than anyone else in the history of the race, but the words fail to convey the lunacy and sheer speed of the feat, even bearing in mind that the mountain is now fully paved. To fully grasp the weight of the new record, you have experience the ride from Loeb's point of view. Fortunately for us, Red Bull has been kind enough to release a new video of the record-setting 8:13.878 run shot entirely in-car.

The clip switches between a spoiler-level shot and the view from inside the cockpit, and while the sheer speed is surprising, it's the complete lack of drama on Loeb's part that's the real shocker. The guy looks like he's fetching milk from the market, not destroying reconstructing the definition of what "fast" means when applied to Pikes Peak. Watch the clip below for yourself. If you'll excuse us, we're going to hit the replay button, crank the volume and do our best not to get our faces melted off. We've also thrown in a second behind-the scenes video for your enjoyment as well.





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      Maxximtl
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm guessing that with a heart rate of 188, it was more of a white knuckle drive than his steering inputs would suggest. Doing 150mph on a outside sweeper with nothing to catch you has gotta be insane!
      imag
      • 1 Year Ago
      Some of the best driving we will ever see. Absolutely epic stuff.
        axiomatik
        • 1 Year Ago
        @imag
        To be honest, I was kind of underwhelmed. Obviously, Loeb did a fantastic job there, and his domination of WRC proves he is one of the best drivers in the world. I'm not trying to take anything away from his accomplishment. But that run was just so "point and shoot". There was absolutely no wheelspin anywhere, no lurid powerslides around the hairpins, no "oh $hit" moments that resulted in miraculous saves. It takes nerves of steel to barrel down a road at 150 mph with a sheer cliff on one side. But Pikes Peak of years past was absolutely more epic when it was dirt. I would have loved to see Loeb run it when it was still dirt, sawing away at the wheel while his monstrously overpowered car frantically claws at the earth, trying to find some grip on the loose surface.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 1 Year Ago
      Those blind, off camber high speed corners with no guard rail towards the top are just hard to watch - and he's bumping up against the rev limiter! Yes, clearly a different course now that it's all paved - but to crush everybody else's modern time is absolutely amazing. His WRC record is the real deal. Can't wait to see what he does in WTC - I hope Citroen give him a good car.
      dadslife83
      • 1 Year Ago
      For the last several years I've watched Seb dominate on tarmac in WRC events. This result is not surprising. I feel that his background in gymnastics helps him tremendously responding to the car. He has an enhanced sense of balance that is extraordinary.
      Captain Stu
      • 1 Year Ago
      Interesting he was rev limited at 241 KPH (150 MPH). I would have assumed he wouldn't run out of gearing, not that a higher top speed for a few seconds would make much difference. I would like to see the power curve for that engine.
      Codeman
      • 1 Year Ago
      Official YouTube link (for the 1st vid) with 1080p: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y20CLumT2Sg
      bll
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why is it suprising that Loeb was so calm? That's the way WRC drivers are,calm and wickedly quick.
      frostillicus80
      • 1 Year Ago
      He dominated the run. Made it look damn easy. I am sure his record will stand for a while. Great job, Loeb!
      avconsumer2
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good lord. If you type "balls out" in Google - this video should come up.
      Ron Buninga
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's what you call driving, respect!
      jdwkinc
      • 1 Year Ago
      What does Loeb and his Peugot have that Millen and his Hyundai do not? This was not a competition but a demonstration of superiority. I'd love to see more manufacturers take this event seriously, but it looks like the development and money is being poured into the electric category. I have nothing against electric cars and it is quite obvious we'll all be driving them soon enough, but when the top 3 finishers in a race are separated by such a ridiculous amount of time, you can no longer call it a race. I did want to point out that it was only a small portion of the course that was left to paved this year, but it only takes a few yards of dirt to make racing slicks unsuitable. The massive drop in time from Millen was probably more due to tires than the speed gained in the recently paved section. But what separates Loeb from Millen is the question I would like answered.
        dude
        • 1 Year Ago
        @jdwkinc
        Loeb is a better driver than Millen.....simple as that
      lexusallen
      • 1 Year Ago
      Based on what this man did, I am very impressed with the skiill and speed he drove that car on that course. An awesome look at what it looks likes at speed with an impressive car,driver and good luck. Yes it's a paved surface now but this a textbook look at cool under pressure for a course few of us here would be able to do....or want to do. More then happy to enjoy the video 'ride a long'.
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