On the day, the 308 GTi was driven by Bradley Philpot, a Peugeot UK Brand Ambassador with its track cars and the F2 Powerboat piloted by Colin Jelf, an F2 champion.
The Peugeot 308 GTi went toe-to-toe with the F2 Powerboat over the 2000m lake at Nottingham’s National water sports center, and both have been developed to perform with great efficiency and with each having advantages for different elements of the challenge.
The challenge between the two machines saw a closely matched contest: the Powerboat, while quick off the start, was very closely matched by the highly-tractable 308 GTi car. While the Powerboat soon reached its terminal velocity, limited by surface conditions and wind direction, the GTi just kept accelerating, even on uneven surfaces, demonstrating the high levels of grip enhanced by its TORSEN differential. Both were agile and responsive, the Powerboat was able to turn within a few lengths, the Peugeot had to change directions on demand too, albeit driving around the perimeter of the main lake.
Finally, though the specially developed Michelin 235/35 R19 91Y Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres on the 308 GTi gave much more friction than a propeller on the F2. The boat, although much lighter and smaller in frontal area, had less to move in its quest for performance. Equally, equipped with 380mm race-inspired brakes, the 308 GTi had the capability to arrest its speed at anytime. The Peugeot 308 GTi reigned supreme versus the Powerboat!
Weight: 1205kg kerbweight
Power: 270hp at 6,000rpm
Engine: 1.6-liter petrol
Acceleration, 0 – 100km/h: 6.0 seconds
Top Speed: Limited to 249 km/h (155mph)
Drive: Two-wheel-drive with TORSEN
F2 GP Powerboat
Power: 210-225hp at 9,300rpm 250hp
Engine: 2.0- / 2.5-liter
Acceleration (0- 100km/h): 5.0 seconds
Top speed 202 km/h (126mph)
Drive S ingle 4-blade propeller