Fresh off winning the 2013 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb earlier in the month, the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak has racked up a second famous hill climb win in quick succession. This time driven by Peugeot Sport test driver Gregory Guilvert, the specially prepped race car also set the fastest time through the Goodwood hill climb course.
That’s quite an achievement considering the odds that played against it: running at sea-level isn’t ideal for the car, as it was designed to operate at its best climbing up a 4,300-metre hill. The driver was also a rookie at the Goodwood course, which is much shorter but no less technically precise than Pikes Peak. Nevertheless, the car’s sheer speed came through at the end.
Unlike Sebastian Loeb’s world record-beating run up the Colorado mountain though, Guilvert’s 45.86-second time at Goodwood fell short of the all-time course record of 41.6 seconds set by Nick Heidfeld in a 1998 McLaren MP4-13 Formula 1 car. It’s lightning quick by any standards, but an F1 car is something else altogether.