The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the world’s largest motoring events – combining the best of automotive design from the past and present, from supercars to steam engines.
Peugeot was a very proud sponsor of the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed and will again be sponsoring the event in 2013.
Our 2013 plans are set to thrill visitors to the show and our stand by not only offering the chance to see our latest models, but to actually surf on our stand too! This is a first ever for Goodwood, and we’re really excited about making waves at the festival this year. Our registration page is currently under construction and will be live in early June, so check back soon for more details.
We had a world-class stand at the festival in 2012 – showcasing two exciting new Peugeot concept cars, alongside our range of industry-leading green cars and diesel hybrids.
Visitors to Goodwood 2012 experienced the first UK showing of the brand new 208 GTi Concept, a modern take on a Peugeot icon, the 205 GTi - and Spring 2013 will see the much-anticipated 208 GTi go into production and go on sale.
As well as unveiling the striking new 208, released in June 2012, we showcased a futuristic concept capable of changing size to seat between four and six people. This powerful diesel hybrid, the Peugeot HX1 concept car, was displayed at Goodwood for the first time to UK fans.
Peugeot is driven by the emotion of motoring – and nothing embodies the UK’s love of automotive design more than the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
We didn't just showcase our latest car models, either. Visitors to the Peugeot stand enjoyed breath-taking dance routines from the Let Your Body Drive dancers, inspired by US Internet dance sensation, Marquese Scott. A video featuring the Peugeot 208 and Marquese’s body-popping moves that helped launch the new 208 has now amassed more than eight-million views on YouTube.
Peugeot also participated in the traditional Hill Climb event, with demonstrations featuring the Pikes Peak Peugeot 405 T16, and the Team Peugeot RCZ Nokia race car, the Nürburgring 24 Hours class-winner in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
We're currently getting ready for the 2013 event, which is themed around '20 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed', and promises to be even more exciting than last year.
This annual festival brings together the very best in automotive design and technology – parading hi-tech Formula One cars alongside vintage vehicles, state of the art supercars alongside steam-powered engines.
The festival’s roots stretch all the way back to 1936, when the then Earl of March invited the Lancia Car Club to attempt a hillclimb challenge in the grounds of Goodwood House.
That event inspired the Earl’s grandson – the present Earl of March – to hold an annual celebration. And so it was in 1993, the first Goodwood Festival of Speed took place.
That year, 25,000 visitors, mainly from the UK, turned up at Goodwood House to enjoy a relatively modest inaugural festival.
Since then, the event has grown massively: combining thousands of cars and motorcycle displays, the idiosyncratic hillclimb challenge, World Rally Championship races, competitions, live music and even air displays from the Red Arrows.
Entry is now capped at 150,000, and all tickets must be bought in advance.
The four-day event starts on 11th July this year, with the Moving Motor Show – kicking off with the famous hillclimb.
More details on which cars Peugeot will be showcasing this year will follow soon.
The rest of the weekend is then turned over to the Festival of Speed, with new model displays from car manufacturers alongside historic post and pre-war vehicles, illustrating the journey of automotive evolution right through from steam to hybrid.
Goodwood doesn’t just attract car enthusiasts. Many motoring professionals are seen at the event too – Formula One stars Lewis Hamilton and Jensen Button are just two expected to appear in 2013.
Where is Goodwood?
The 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place from 11th - 14th July at Goodwood House, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0PX.
Peugeot at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011 – Motion & Emotion and the EX1
The 2011 event gave Peugeot chance to share a number of new vehicles with motoring enthusiasts. These included the RCZ Asphalt limited edition, 508 Saloon and 508 SW as well as the HR1 concept car.
What really made the headlines, though, was the incredible EX1 concept car – an electric vehicle capable of competing in the famous hillclimb challenge.
You can see photographs of Peugeot at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2011 on our Flickr stream.
To get an idea of the acceleration of the EX1, take a dashboard-view ride on the Peugeot UK YouTube channel.
You can also take a ride with Peugeot UK rally driver Guy Wilks, putting the 207 S2000 through its paces on Goodwood’s Forest Rally Stage, again on our YouTube channel.
Peugeot at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010 – Celebrating Peugeot’s 200th Anniversary
The 2010 festival saw Peugeot mark its 200th anniversary in style – bringing Motion & Emotion to life and igniting the re-generation of the marque. We unveiled the stunning new RCZ Sports Coupé, complete with unique double-bubble roof, as well as showcasing icons from history, such as the Peugeot 302 Darl’mat, a hero of Le Mans 1937, and the 402 Eclipse, the first car with a metal folding roof.
This event saw the UK debut of two concept cars, the SR1 sports roadster and the BB1, and we displayed the HYbrid3 Evolution (a three-wheeler scooter with hybrid power technology), as well as the RCZ HYbrid4 concept and our all-new, 100% electric car, the Peugeot iOn.
You can view highlights of Peugeot’s celebrations at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010 on our YouTube channel.
You can get a driver’s-eye view of the new Peugeot RCZ at Goodwood too.
We also have photographs from the event on the Peugeot UK Flickr stream.