For visitors to the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed – the UK automotive event extravaganza – Peugeot has, driven by its brand signature ‘Motion & Emotion’, plans in place to yet again thrill the audience.
With a very modern, stylish and broad appeal range, Peugeot will be promoting its performance models at this year’s Festival of Speed. Static and dynamic displays will include concept cars, road cars and motorsport entries, but the largest head-tuning moment is most likely to be Sébastien Loeb reacquainting himself with a unique return drive and attempt on the famous Goodwood hillclimb in the awesome 875bhp/875kg Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak car – this time tuned for sea-level, not the 14,000ft altitude of the Colorado finish line…
Loeb’s drive in the 208 T16 has been granted with the kind permission of Citroën Racing, who also has him driving one of its cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The hillclimb is the Festival of Speed’s principal attraction and the fastest time up the 1.16-mile (1.85km) course is 41.6sec, set by Nick Heidfeld in the McLaren MP4-13 in 1999.
Taking place throughout the weekend, this challenging white-knuckled course starts as a tree-lined run through the southern corner of the Goodwood Estate which then turns to sweep past the front of Goodwood House before climbing a steep and narrow Estate road bordered by flint walls and dense woodland groves towards Goodwood’s equine racecourse on top of the magnificent South Downs. The course rises over 300ft from the start line to the finish, and is very technical and challenging, putting the skills of the world’s very best drivers and riders to the ultimate test of concentration and speed.