Peugeot at Goodwood Festival of Speed
Take a look at what Peugeot had to showcase at this years event.
Every year, thousands of petrolheads across the UK make their way to Goodwood House in west Sussex to experience the very best that motorsport has to offer in the Festival of Speed. This year was no different, with more than 180,000 attendees over the course of the festival and all the main vehicle manufacturers showing off their latest concepts and prospects. Motoring.co.uk were invited down on behalf of PeugeotUK who were keen to flaunt some of their most impressive vehicles to date, including the remarkable Peugeot 208 T16 which set the record last year for the fastest ascent up the Pikes Peak hill climb. Here’s a look at what Peugeot had to offer over the weekend;
Peugeot 2008 DKR
In January 2015 Peugeot will be returning to the Dakar rally after 25 years of absence. Arguably one of the most onerous motorsport events of the calendar, Peugeot will be hoping to replicate the incredible success they had from 1987-1990. Peugeot finished in first place 4 years in a row and then withdrew from the event. But now, they’re back and the weapon of choice for next years event will be the 2008 DKR.
As the pictures show, this is an incredibly muscular and imposing twist to the road-going 2008. The design process for the 2008 DKR was interesting. Instead of taking a standard 2008 and then heavily modifying it Peugeot instead decided to start from scratch and simply carry over a few important features from the 2008. Namely, the front grill and headlights. The most notable change between the two models is that Peugeot have removed the rear doors and the 2008 DKR is now a coupe, this means less overhang which will prove to be priceless on the rugged terrain across the rally.
The 2008 DKR will be a rear wheel drive vehicle instead of 4 wheel drive, meaning there are less prohibiting rules to abide by as it is classed as a ‘buggy.’ This allows for the bigger wheels (37 inches to be precise), bigger suspension and most importantly, more power! Sadly these won’t be going on sale to the general public but make sure you catch up with the vehicles progress in next years event.
Peugeot 208 GTi 30th Anniversary edition
In 1984 Peugeot released their very first ‘GTi’ in the form of the Peugeot 205. This vehicle was a 1.6-litre hatchback which produced 104hp which isn’t particularly outstanding by todays standards. However this vehicle was immensely popular for its punchy and rev-happy engine and made famous by its rally-standard handling. The 205 GTi was the figurehead in the rise of ‘hot-hatches’ across Europe. This car still has a huge cult following in the present day and since then Peugeot have been trying their best to replicate the success of the original GTi. We got a chance to take a look at the 30th anniversary edition of the 208 GTi at Goodwood, and we were impressed to say the least…
We are expecting this sporty GTi to be made available around September time in the UK however Peugeot have not made it clear how many will be coming to the UK ‘nor how much it will cost. What we do know is that this model will be packed with the 1.6 turbo-petrol engine from the Peugeot RCZ-R and will be churning out a hefty 205bhp. This will hurtle the 208 GTi from 0-60 in 6.5 seconds, which is quicker than both the Corsa VXR and the Fiesta ST.
The most notable alterations between the standard 208 GTi and the 30th Anniversary edition is the paintwork. This model comes in a striking two-tone red/matte black finish which slices across the middle of the car and understandably splits opinion. We think it looks sporty, unique and justified. Remember, these will be extremely limited production cars so the individual paintwork is warranted by the rarity and exclusivity value. Other differences include a 10mm lowered suspension setup and all the chrome-work on the grille and mirrors have been matte-blacked-out for an incredibly stealthy-yet-striking appearance. Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
Peugeot 308 R concept
Another rocket powered hatchback was on show at the Peugeot stand at this years Goodwood festival. Following a similar paint-job to the 30th Anniversary 208 GTi, this concept car from Peugeot looks contemporary and equally as stunning. A more brutish hatchback than the 208, this concept car looks like a hatchback worth taking seriously. Peugeot have stated it will have the same 1.6 turbo petrol engine as the RCZ-R only in the 308 R it will be churning out a substantial 270hp which is 51 horsepower more than the similarly sized Golf GTi. While these two might not be comparable regarding price, the horsepower difference at the very least offers some perspective. This is a vehicle to be taken seriously.
While the 308 R doesn’t look too different from the standard 308 in shape, it is interesting to know that every single panel on the exterior has been altered other than the roof panel and tailgate. The panels have been made bulkier to increase the cars road-presence and it is now 30mm wider with more muscular wheel arches which are home to a set of 4 bespoke 19 inch alloys. Power delivery is through a manual 6-speed box to the front wheels as you’d expect.
The cabin of the 308 R is clearly something that Peugeot have taken great pride over. They have placed a smart and sizeable 9.7 inch touch screen display in the dashboard which controls most of the cars interior features and multimedia. This means there will be less buttons and a much cleaner and minimalist dashboard. Peugeot will also be mounting a head-up display which will show all the necessary information off the instrument panel as well as much smaller steering wheel to improve the cars responsiveness.
Sebastien Loeb and the Peugeot T16
The pinnacle event of every Goodwood Festival is the hill climb shootout which took place on the Sunday afternoon. Sebastien Loeb, the nine-time World Rally champion, stole the show by setting the fastest time of the weekend in the Peugeot 208 T16. This is the same car that set the world record in the Pikes Peak ascent in 2013, destroying the previous record by a whole 90 seconds. Loeb finished the Goodwood hill climb with a time of 44.6 seconds, convincingly fending off Martin Bartels in the Maserati MC12 who finished with a 45.82 second run. Loeb had intended to beat the all time record on the hill climb which is 41.6 seconds set by Nick Heidfeld in 1999. Sadly Loeb was unable to beat the record, apparently because the cars gearing was too short. Nonetheless he took the centre position on the podium after a blisteringly quick lap and really showcased the brilliant work done by Peugeot and Red Bull Racing in collaboration leading up to this event.
The 208 T16 has got to be one of the most incredible examples of modern engineering. Beneath the bonnet there is a 3.2-litre V6 which generates a prodigious 875hp. The car is also equipped with the turbocharger, steering, brakes and suspension setup from the Le Mans 908 racer. Interestingly the car weighs 875kg which gives the car a power-to-weight ratio of 1bhp per kilogram. This is a formula replicated by Koenigsegg with their ‘One:1’ supercar. Peugeot say that this takes the car from 0-60 in 1.8 seconds and onwards to 125 mph in just 4.8 seconds. This is truly a remarkable car and one we have no doubt will continue to break records and dominate competitions in years to come.
So that’s the Goodwood Festival of Speed over for another 12 months. Let us know what your highlights were over the weekend and what do you make of the latest concepts and vehicles from Peugeot?