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PEUGEOT SPORT wows at Glorious Goodwood

The New 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT made its world premiere at the 2015 Festival of Speed, flanked by the stars of track and circuit.

 

This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed played host to the past, present and future of motorsports, wowing spectators in a cacophony of tire squeals and roaring engines.

PEUGEOT SPORT boasted a wide variety of vehicles rarely seen outside of the rally course and race track, including the 205 T16, which was celebrating 30 years since winning the WRX title, and the 2008 DKR, which competed in the recent Dakar Rally.

The undoubted jewel in the crown was the unveiling of the new additions to the award-winning 308 range. This includes the 308 R HYbrid, a concept car combining a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo engine with two 114bhp electric motors. The result is incredible performance from a cutting edge powertrain, providing 0-62 mph in 4 seconds. The aesthetics ape the recent GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT range, offering a blue/black combination instead of red/black.

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The star of the show was the New 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT, a road-ready vehicle capable of wearing its sporting heritage for all to see. The two-tone Ultimate Red and Nera Black paintwork sits the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT alongside the 208 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT, giving these sibling hot hatchbacks a uniform to differentiate them. The 1.6-litre Stop & Start engine, which is available in either 250 bhp or 270 bhp, provides the beating heart of this refined, impressively-featured car.

Even Harry Potter star Rupert Grint fell under the spell of the 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT after being taken out for a spin by his rally driver brother, James.

The 208 RX was given similar treatment by the Grint brothers, showing the impressive raw power of this rallycross supercar.

Visitors were treated to a series of dynamic demonstrations from the new 308 GTi by PEUGEOT SPORT, the 205 T16 and the Albatec 208 RX rallycross car, as well as the record-breaking 404 Diesel. Fifty years ago the 404 Diesel set 40 endurance records in Paris, changing perceptions of diesel engines much in the same way the Peugeot 908 HDi FAP did at Le Mans in 2007-2009.

This mix of racing royalty and cutting-edge technology wowed the crowds for the duration of the Goodwood Festival, providing a spectacle for all ages.