Sebastien Loeb has completed his latest test in the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak that he will use for his entry into the iconic hill climb event next month.

On the back of his outing in the Porsche Supercup in Barcelona, the nine-time WRC title winner headed back to his native France for the test, which took place at Mont Ventoux in the south of France.

Famous for playing host to one of the most challenging stages of the Tour de France cycle race, Mont Ventoux was selected for the final full-scale test before the new car heads for the USA - with Peugeot insisting that 'its characteristics made it an ideal venue for the continuing development and fine-tuning of the powerful 875hp beast.'

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The test marked Loeb's first run in the car with the livery that he will use for the Colorado-based event and he insisted that the test had been a useful experience.

"Driving it on a real road is a very useful pointer because that is what awaits us at Pikes Peak," he said. "Its handling is extremely responsive but I'm still not quite able to place it as precisely as I would like. That's something we will need to work on a little more..."

Testing of the car will continue on arrival in Colorado.