5 New Supercars Showing up at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
Watch out for these exotics because they’re going to make a lot of noiseby Kirby, on
The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed is taking place this week, and there are going to be some fine machinery making an appearance at the four-day long event. We’ve already been clued in on some expected headliners, including the debuts of the Porsche 911 Speedster and McLaren 600LT. But some lesser-known automakers are bringing their prized exotics to the grounds of Goodwood House. Whether it’s the Brabham BT62 or the Apollo Intensa Emozione, there’s going to be no shortage of supercars that will be in attendance at one of the industry’s most highly anticipated events.
The decidedly modern-looking BT62 is dripping in aggressiveness, highlighted by some of the most dramatic stylings you’ll see in a supercar and one of the biggest rear wings you’ll ever see
A dormant automaker with a steeped championship history in Formula One returned in 2014 after a 22-year absence with a goal of developing a track-only supercar. Four years after that comeback, Brabham is bringing the BT62 supercar to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The BT62 is unlike anything Brabham has built in its long and rich history. That’s not really saying a lot considering that it’s never really ventured into production car manufacturing, but still, Lord have mercy. The BT62 looks like the kind of track-day machine you only see in renderings. The decidedly modern-looking BT62 is dripping in aggressiveness, highlighted by some of the most dramatic stylings you’ll see in a supercar and one of the biggest rear wings you’ll ever see…period. Look closer, and you might notice design elements of Ferrari, McLaren, and Lamborghini in the BT62.
In addition, the BT62 also has a bespoke, lightweight design chassis that helps keep its weight down to just 2,143 pounds (972 kilos). That means that the BT62 is lighter by almost 500 pounds when compared to the McLaren Senna. More importantly, the track-day beast is powered by a 5.4-liter, naturally aspirated, V-8 engine that Brabham built itself. The engine has 700 horsepower and 492 pound-feet of torque and is mated to a six-speed sequential transmission that sends all that power to the rear wheels. The result is a car that can breeze through 60 mph in under three seconds on its way to a top speed of more than 200 mph. A generation of auto fans may not know about Brabham, but rest assured, those who remember its exploits in motor racing know of the company’s “legend” status in the sport. This may not be the same Brabham that dominated Formula One in its heyday, but it sure does do a good job in doing its legacy proud.
Read our full review on the 2018 Brabham BT62.
The aggressively styled body is dripping in carbon fiber, and, as a result, the supercar only weighs 2,927 pounds
As if the Lykan Hypersport wasn’t enough to tickle our fancies, Dubai-based automaker W Motors is back with its second offering, the Fenyr Supersport. Named after the massive wolf from Norse mythology — W Motors has a thing for wolves, doesn’t it? — the Fenyr Supersport is what happened when company designers started wondering if the Lykan Hypersport was mental enough in its own right. Sensing that it probably wasn’t, the company proceeded to develop a more extreme follow-up to the Lykan with help, of course, from a number of industry institutions, including Magna Steyr and RUF. Thus, the Fenyr was born.
The supercar’s design and engineering are largely owed to Magna Steyr’s Italian division. The aggressively styled body is dripping in carbon fiber, and, as a result, the supercar only weighs 2,927 pounds. That svelte weight goes a long way in the supercar getting its desired performance results, of which none is more important than the RUF-sourced, 3.8-liter, twin-turbo, flat-six inside it. The specially designed engine is capable of producing 789 horsepower and 723 pound-feet of torque. Lykan hasn’t released performance figures yet, but it did say that the Fenyr Supersport is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in “less than 2.7 seconds” and reach a top speed “exceeding 248 mph.” The supercar is set to make its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, though Lykan also added that it only plans to build 25 models a year, each priced at $1.5 million.
On an unrelated note, now that the Fenyr Supersport is here, does it mean that we get to see it in Fast and Furious 9?
Read our full review on the 2018 W Motors Fenyr Supersport.
The two-seater exotic is arguably one of the most sinister-looking supercars you’ll ever see.
If you thought the Brabham BT62 and the Lykan Fenyr Supersport were wild, get a load of this firecracker. It’s called the Apollo Intensa Emozione, a fitting name for a supercar that channels Apollo’s inner id and transforms it in a design package that’s completely out of this world. The two-seater exotic is arguably one of the most sinister-looking supercars you’ll ever see. It combines an edgy design with a pair of gullwing doors and a rear wing that makes the one on the BT62 look like something you find on a Hot Wheels toy. All told, the supercar weighs just 2,755 pounds, lighter than the Fenyr Supersport, but a tad on the heavy side compared to the BT62.
Believe it or not, the Intensa Emozione is more than just the sum of its carbon fiber body parts, even if said body parts are to die for. Underneath all that madness is a naturally aspirated, 6.3-liter V-12 that can unleash holy hell to the tune of 780 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque, the latter of which can spin up to an ear-popping 9,000 rpm. Apollo says that the Intense Emozione is capable of sprinting from 0 to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds on its way to a top speed of 208 mph. Ok, so it can’t get to the moon as quickly as BT62 and the Fenyr Supersport, but with a car that looks like this, does it really matter? The Apollo Intensa Emozione is, fittingly, a car that lives up to its name.
Read our full review on the 2018 Apollo Intensa Emozione
DSD Design & Motorsport Boreas
Throw in a seven-speed automated manual transmission and you’re looking at a rocket that can slap down a 0-to-60-mph time of just 2.8 seconds
We’ve seen this song and dance before. The GTA Spano and the Tramontana couldn’t be more different from each other, but they share Spanish roots. Well, now’s as good a time as any to welcome another amigo in the fold, called the Boreas. Named after the mythological Greek god of the north wind, the Boreas is a 1,000-horsepower, two-door hypercar that comes from the twisted minds over at DSD Design and Motorsport. It may not look as aggressive as any of the supercars sitting above it on this list, but don’t be fooled by the Boreas’ relatively muted design. It comes with a carbon fiber monocoque chassis, ensuring that the Boreas is light enough to make serious noise in any race setting. The hypercar also carries a few styling nods that are prevalent to cars in its segment. Just because it doesn’t scream for attention the same way the Intensa Emozione does, it doesn’t mean that the Boreas is an eyesore.
Let’s not get bogged down by this design, though, because the Boreas has something serious to offer under that body. DSD Design and Motorsport hasn’t gone into detail about the car’s powertrain, but it has said that the Boreas will use a proprietary hybrid unit that can generate more than 1,000 horsepower. Throw in a seven-speed automated manual transmission and you’re looking at a rocket that can slap down a 0-to-60-mph time of just 2.8 seconds. Oh, and it can also do a top speed of 236 mph, which, if true, would put it in the conversation of the fastest hybrid cars in the world. Like all the cars on this list, the Boreas has a scheduled appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. For a car that literally took 10 years to come together, this upcoming debut is a long time in the making.
The Agera RSN may technically be an RS, but it is actually a one-off creation based on the record-setting supercar
It’s technically a Koenigsegg Agera RS, but when you’re a company like Koenigsegg, you’ve earned the right to play with your nomenclatures any way you see fit. So here it is, ladies and gentlemen. The Koenigsegg RSN is headed to the Goodwood Festival of Speed with a lot of goodwill in its hands. The Agera RSN may technically be an RS, but it is actually a one-off creation based on the record-setting supercar, joining other Agera-based one-offs like the Agera XS and the Agera RS Naraya in this super exclusive club. It comes with a two-tone blue paint finish that’s complemented with visible carbon parts and white accents, the result of which creates an eye-catching design.
Beyond its stunning looks, the potency of the Agera RSN is its ultimate trump card. It packs a 5.0-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-8 with Koenigsegg’s 1 Megawatt optional package thrown in for good measure. The result is a car that produces 1,360 horsepower and 1,011 pound-feet of torque, good enough to earn Koenigsegg the production car top speed record with an average top speed of 277.9 mph. To be clear, the Agera RSN wasn’t the car that broke the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport’s world record. The good news is that the Agera RSN also knows a thing or two about setting records, specifically the VMax200 top speed record, which it now owns after posting a top speed run of 242 mph. In a roundabout way, the Agera RSN’s record-setting run came at the expense of the previous record holder, the Koenigsegg One:1, which did a 240-mph top speed run at the same event two years ago.
Read more about the 2018 Koenigsegg Agera RSN.
Bonus – Ferrari Portofino
With that much power on tap, the drop-top stallion can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds before going on about its top speed business to the tune of 199 mph
The Ferrari Portofino gets a “bonus” disclaimer on this list because it already made its debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. But it’s on this list because it’s going up to the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Portofino is Ferrari’s follow-up to the California T, taking the reigns from its predecessor as Maranello’s resident drop-top exotic. It takes its name from the holiday seaside town that’s famous for its harbor and historical associations with some the world’s biggest celebrities. Seems like a perfect name for a Ferrari, right?
Names aside, the Ferrari Portofino is more than just a show-and-tell supercar. It can also perform like nobody’s business. At the heart of that acclaim is an evolved version of the California T’s 3.9-liter, twin-turbocharged, V-8 engine, one that produces an impressive 592 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. With that much power on tap, the drop-top stallion can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.5 seconds before going on about its top speed business to the tune of 199 mph. Although it’s technically Ferrari’s entry-level model, the Portofino is priced like a proper supercar. The cost of owning one starts at $215,000.
Read our full review on the 2018 Ferrari Portofino.
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