The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the world’s largest motoring events – showcasing the best of automotive design past and present, from supercars to steam engines.
This year's edition took place from 26th-29th June 2014, and Peugeot once again displayed a spectacular line-up, including our latest production models, another thrill ride - the Peugeot Gravity Drop - and our latest stunning concept cars. But perhaps, most exciting of all, it included an appearance of our 208 T16 Pikes Peak car, which was driven by Sébastien Loeb looking to beat another hillclimb record.
Peugeot’s stand was every bit as exhilarating as it was last year, representing the great involvement of product development with the expertise of Peugeot Sport in road and racing products.
There aren’t many motoring events that bring together as diverse an audience as the Goodwood Festival of Speed does.
Every year thousands of people - from motoring enthusiasts to collectors to the legends of motor sports – and manufacturers, from across the world, gather at this illustrious event to celebrate the very best in automotive design and technology.
It brings together collections of vintage vehicles, which sit next to the latest Formula One cars and state-of-the art supercars, which go on parade alongside steam-powered engines and much more.
Held on the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex, the first Goodwood Festival of Speed was held in 1993.
However, the festival’s roots date back to 1936, when the then Earl of March invited the Lancia Car Club to attempt a hillclimb challenge on the country house’s grounds. This inspired the Earl’s grandson – and the present Earl of March – to create and hold an annual celebration of motoring – the Goodwood Festival of Speed 1993. It attracted 25,000 visitors – mostly from the UK - and left its mark on motoring fans.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed has grown massively in the time since.
Now, visitors flock from around the world to see thousands of cars, motorcycle displays, World Rally Championship races, live music, competitions, air displays from the Red Arrows, and, of course, the idiosyncratic Goodwood hillclimb challenge that started it all.
This year’s event celebrated the theme ‘Addicted to Winning – The Unbeatable Champions of Motor Sport,’ with a cavalcade of superstars from motor sports past and present wowing a capacity crowd.
Nine-time World Rally Championship winner Sébastien Loeb took the wheel of the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak car, attempting the Goodwood hillclimb, whilst Formula One world champion Emerson Fittipaldi took the wheel of one of his race-winning M23s in recognition of the 40 year anniversary of his 1974 Formula One World Championship title win.
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 Dates
The four-day event ran from 26th June to 29th June this year. It started with the Moving Motor Show and the world famous Goodwood Hillclimb.
Where is Goodwood?
The Festival of Speed is held at Goodwood House, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PX.
Peugeot at Goodwood 2014
Peugeot’s stand, situated in-line with the main Goodwood Bridge, promised to offer high-octane enthrallment and excitement. At its centre lay The Peugeot Gravity Drop, a ride that took visitors 40 feet up in the air. Once up, the ride provided breath-taking panoramic views of Goodwood House and the surrounding estate, before taking thrill seekers back down to earth with in a compelling descent.
Peugeot Concept Cars
The Peugeot Goodwood 2014 stand also played host to a selection of new Peugeot concept cars. Having made its debut at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show, the Peugeot Exalt Concept Car demonstrates the latest in hybrid technology. It combines the RCZ R’s powerful 270bhp 1.6 litre-petrol engine, with a cutting-edge 70bhp electric motor to deliver both high speeds and efficiency.
Displaying the sportiest of visions, the Peugeot 308 R Concept gives the body of our 2014 European Car of the Year award winning model a striking makeover. The car’s clear cut line design separates its bright red paintwork from its dark grey rear bodywork. Like the Exalt Concept Car, the 308 R Concept also uses the RCZ R’s powerful engine to provide high performance.
The 208 HYbrid FE Concept, meanwhile, showcased the best of both worlds – a fun but economical driving experience. This micro-hybrid model provides a GTi-like performance, accelerating to 62mph in an impressive eight seconds, without the high fuel consumption and emissions rates.
Our 907 V12 Concept Coupe also made an appearance in the Goodwood Cartier Style et Luxe concours de elegance competition. Unveiled at the Paris Motor Show back in 2004, it was, at the time, Peugeot’s view of an ultimate GT car. Featuring a 500bhp 6.0-litre V12 engine, this concept car’s carbon fibre body and interior encapsulates sportiness, class and functionality.
Peugeot Production Cars
Visitors were also able to assess three of the latest Peugeot models at the Goodwood Moving Motor Show. Fresh from its debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013, visitors were able to test the RCZ R - the most powerful production model ever produced by Peugeot. They were able to experience the precision performance and fantastic handling for themselves on the infamous Goodwood Hillclimb.
The recently crowned 2014 European Car of the Year, the New 308, was also available to drive. This version, fitted with our new PureTech 1.2-litre Turbo e-THP 130 engine, is capable of providing impressive fuel efficiency without compromising power.
Ahead of its full UK market launch on 1st July, car enthusiasts were able to try the 108 TOP! Cabrio – a city car full of personality, as well technology designed to making daily driving easier.