“He had a nose like Alain Prost’s: big and broken,” he said of his hooked Roman muzzle. “I thought it was extremely ugly.” Still, it has served Piquet well, and Reaks certainly likes it. “It had 680 hp back then, but we’re getting 700 hp out of it today,” he said. “You don’t feel like he’s running away from you.” Just as well, considering it’s rated for 200 mph.
Among the few genuine V10 racers was Steve Griffiths in his old Eddie Irvine’s 1995 Canadian GP podium, a Jordan-Peugeot 195. The Welshman bought it in France two and a half years ago.
“It hadn’t worked for 27 years until this weekend,” he said after Sunday’s explosion and a rebuild that only ended at the last minute.
The further you go into the 1990s, the more complex and expensive these cars become. Peugeot engine rebuilds are required after only 600 km (yes, really: not even kilometres). So how much had the weekend cost him?
“I don’t want to think about it. I will look at the bank balance on Monday.”
The demos are muted compared to the full-throttle laps seen during the lockdown (and therefore crowdless) Speedweek one-off of 2020, but Griffiths didn’t hold back too much. The Jordan leapt over the Madgwick bumps releasing a glorious burst of V10s. He has no idea when he will be able to use it again next, because the opportunities for such cars are limited, which is why MM demos are important. Only at Goodwood, as they say.
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