The 208 T16 Pikes Peak car came straight from its success at 14,110 feet in Colorado into Goodwood. The car had not run between the two hill climb activities.At Goodwood, driving duties were deputised to Peugeot Sport test-driver Grégory Guilvert, also rookie to this event and to the challenges its short, but technically-precise course required.
With just six chances to acclimatise himself to the hill climb, and with the car now running at sea-level, Grégory had two runs on Friday, a timed practice on Saturday and two on Sunday morning, with a final in the late afternoon. In the event, the fastest time of the weekend turned out to be achieved on the Sunday morning, perhaps helped by the slightly cooler air, such were the high temperatures over the Festival weekend.
The time set was, by coincidence, exactly the same as Nick Heidfeld’s run in the Group C prototype Lola B12/60 race car at 45.86 seconds. Nick Heidfeld also holds the out-right Goodwood hill climb record set in 1998 at 41.6 seconds in a McLaren MP4 13.
For Peugeot, the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed was a great success, coming exactly 100-years after one of its first – a one-two finish at the French Grand Prix – and while it was a very hot weekend, the Peugeot stand was easily the coolest, drawing continuous crowds to watch fellow visitors embark on a ride experience on the Peugeot stand on the ‘Flowrider’ surf machine.
Visitors to the Festival were able to see a wide range of Peugeot cars, driven and displayed, included the all-conquering 208 T16 Pikes Peak, the 600bhp V8 hybrid electric, carbon and copper clad Onyx Concept car, the Proxima and RC HYbrid in the Cartier Style et Luxe, and the world debut of the RCZ R – a 270bhp Sports Coupé with race-bred development, plus the new 208 GTi, a 208 Nürburgring 24hr endurance race car, the luxury 208 XY, the new 2008 Crossover and Colin McRae’s old Peugeot 309 from a private collector.
A full collection of photos and videos has been produced capturing many of the activities and can be viewed on the Official Peugeot UK YouTube channel.