Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak Breaks Electric Record at Goodwood FOS
This weekend saw the 25th running of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and with it, a host of impressive machinery came out to strut their stuff up the short hillclimb course. While there was certainly no shortage of fast cars on hand, one in particular stood out from the rest, as the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak managed to reset the record books for all-electric racers at the event.
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There’s a Car For Everyone: Some of the Most Interesting Vehicles We Saw at The Goodwood Festival of Speed
Every year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed brings out all sorts of automotive characters, and this year didn’t disappoint. We saw world debuts, concept vehicles, and some of the finest exotic cars in the world. On a more entertaining level, we also saw some interesting rides, some of which captured our hearts in different ways. Whether it’s an autonomous muscle car that had a slow and hilarious run up the hill or a jacked up, NASCAR-spec pickup truck driven by a former professional wrestler, there was no shortage of interesting rides that showed up at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Video: Honda Mean Mower V2 Slices Up Lord March’s Driveway
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but it’s hot out there. Like, “don’t even bother going outside unless you wanna turn into a puddle” kinda hot. Unfortunately, I know there are more than a few out there who must brave the crazy-high temps to perform the usual weekly yard work, so speed is paramount if you don’t wanna turn into a sopping, sweaty mess. Luckily, it looks like Honda has the perfect thing to get that lawn looking trim in no time at all.
It’s called the Honda Mean Mower V2, and it recently climbed the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed over the weekend. Packing a 1.0-liter inline four-cylinder from a Honda CBR 1000 RR Fireblade SP motorcycle, this thing makes upwards of 190 horsepower, which is pretty silly considering how small and lightweight it is. Apparently, Honda is aiming for a top speed in excess of 150 mph. That’ll git ‘er done.
Watching this thing tackle the Goodwood Hillclimb is pretty impressive. The driver is exposed to the elements and must constantly make tiny corrections at the wheel to keep the thing heading in a straight line. However, once the power is properly applied, the mower takes off like it was shot from a cannon, high-flying motorcycle exhaust note trailing behind.
We love it. Look for our full written review soon.
2018 Škoda Kodiaq Scout
The Skoda Kodiaq Scout represents a remarkable achievement for the Czech automaker. Lost in the madness that is the crossover and SUV segments, the Kodiaq Scout manages to create a little niche of its own. It’s not as premium as a BMW X1 or an Audi Q2. It doesn’t even have the status and name recall of volume models like the Honda CR-V and the Mazda CX-5.Instead, the Kodiaq Scout sits in a sweet point that covers the different needs customer have for the segment. Essentially, it’s compact SUV with enough space, functionality, and practicality. It even costs a pittance, at least relative to the other models already mentioned. You may not want to hear from Skoda, but the Kodiaq Scout is making a loud impression.
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Video: Drone Speed World Record Broken at Goodwood FOS
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed plays host to loads of impressive machinery, from the McLaren P1 by Lanzante, to the ItalDesign GT-R50, to an array of Singer Porsche 911’s. But there was something else in attendance for 2018 that may have flown under your radar, namely the record-breaking Wingcopter XBR, a drone that just set a new Guinness World Record for drone top speed.
Flat out, the quad copter managed an impressive 240.06 km/h, or just under 150 mph. The official record is for remote-controlled tilt-rotor aircraft, and the pilot responsible for taking the Wingcopter into the record books was champion drone racer Luke Bannister.
The video is just 1 minute, 20 seconds in length, and shows some high-speed footage taken from the drone, as well as commentary from the record-breaking team. All in all, we’re excited to see just how far racers are willing to push drone technology in the name of speed.
2018 Aston Martin Cygnet V8
A big part of the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s charm is that you never know exactly what to expect when it comes to the cars that take a crack at the Hill climb event. In the first day of the event, we’ve already seen a rainbow-colored Porsche 911, a lawnmower (yes, a lawnmower!), and a tiny city car that somehow found enough room in its body for a V-8 engine. That last car is the Aston Martin Cygnet, the cute little urban transporter that was essentially a rebadged version of the Toyota iQ. Even better, this V-8-powered Cygnet isn’t a hack job built by some loony tuner in some corner of England. Aston Martin actually created it, or to be more specific, Q by Aston Martin created it for a customer, and now it’s turning heads at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Watch the Original 1968 Ford Mustang Bullitt and the Dodge Challenger Battle up Goodwood Hill in the Coolest Movie Car Chase Ever Recreated
You don’t often see cars recreate movie scenes at an event like the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but the event is proving to have something for everyone. The 25th edition of the festival kicked off with a bang yesterday, and one of the most surprising sights was seeing a 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback and a 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum share the track in what can only be described as a loose interpretation of the iconic car chase scene in the move Bullitt.
Ok, so there’s probably a reason why the 1968 Ford Mustang GT Fastback and the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T 440 Magnum didn’t go balls-to-the-wall at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Those cars aren’t replicas, but the actual vehicles that were used in the film that, coincidentally, is celebrating its 50th anniversary just as the event is celebrating its 25th.
There’s an incredible amount of provenance attached to both models, and that’s especially true for the Mustang GT Fastback because it’s the exact same one that was driven by Steve McQueen himself and was inducted quite recently by the Historic Vehicle Association (HVA) into the National Historic Vehicle Register.
It’s no wonder then that both drivers were taking it easy trying to recreate a car chase scene that does look a lot more exciting than the one we saw at Goodwood. Then again, it’s not often that you’re graced by the presence of what is arguably the most famous movie car of all time. That counts for something, too.
Video: Watch the McLaren P1 By Lanzante Take the Hill at Goodwood
The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed is in full effect, and with it, some of the most exciting sports cars and supercars are coming out to play. That includes the machine you see here - the McLaren P1 GT by Lanzante.
Essentially a modified version of the highly impressive McLaren P1 GTR, the P1 by Lanzante arrives to the party with updated aerodynamics thanks to an extended rear tail section and an enormous fixed rear wing. There’s also an upgraded rear diffuser, a larger front splitter, extra fender vents, and four exhaust tips in the rear.
We’re still waiting on all the exact technical specs, but at the very least, the P1 by Lanzante should be rocking the standard P1 GTR’s 986 horsepower thanks to its hybrid twin-turbo 3.8-liter V-8. And, given the latter half of the video, we know its got enough get-up-and-go to catch the Lexus LC500 up the Hillclimb. As if that was ever in doubt.
Video: McLaren 600LT Makes Some Smoke at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The McLaren 600LT is one of the most awaited debut models at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and the supercar made quite an entrance with a good ‘ol fashioned tire-burning donut session. While some people will scoff at the car and say that it’s just a 570S with a power boost, the 600LT is actually a lot more than what it’s being given credit for.
The Brabham BT62 was Showcased at Goodwood, Symbolizing the Return of an Iconic Brand
The Brabham BT62 finally showed itself in public at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and from the looks of it, the supercar looks to be as good as advertised. A sparkling red version of the track-focused BT62 took its turn driving around the Goodwood hill, and while it didn’t exactly burn the track with a scorching lap time, but it still left enough of an impression on the gathered crowd, effectively showing everyone that its return to the industry is going to turn a lot of heads. As far as first impressions go, it’s presence at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is already a resounding success for the company.
2018 Lotus Exige Type 49 and Type 79
The third-generation Lotus Exige is six years old as of 2018 and a bit long in the tooth. A brand-new model is underway, but the Brits are keeping things interesting for the current model by building all sorts of special editions. At the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Lotus paid tribute to two of its most iconic race cars with the Exige Type 49 and Exige Type 79.
Both cars celebrate the company’s past glory in Formula One. The Exige Type 49 marks 50 years since Graham Hill won both the drivers’ and constructors’ championships in the Type 49, while the Exige Type 49 marks 40 years since Mario Andretti did the same with the Type 79. The former race from 1967 through 1970 and won two championships, while also scoring podiums in each season. The Type 79’s career was a bit shorter, from 1978 through 1979.
Both Exige models were crafted by Lotus Exclusive, the brand’s recently established bespoke division. Let’s find out more about them below.
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Roborace DevBot Completes Goodwood Hillclimb without a Driver (Video)
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed saw many sports cars hit the Hillclimb circuit, but the iconic race track was also lapped by a couple of autonomous cars. WhileSiemens’ first-gen Ford Mustang had issues driving in a straight line, the Roborace DevBot had a more consistent run up the hill.
2018 Ford Eagle Squadron Mustang GT
The Ford Eagle Squadron Mustang GT made landfall at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, proving that even American muscle can make a splash at one of the U.K.’s most esteemed auto events. As surprising as it is to see a Mustang get prime placement at the Goodwood House, the one-off Mustang’s debut at the event makes a lot of sense considering the fact that the muscle car was designed to pay tribute to the famed Eagle Squadron and the Royal Air Force’s 100th anniversary. Following its debut, the Mustang Eagle Squadron Mustang GT is home stateside where it will be auctioned off at the annual Experimental Aircraft Association fundraiser on July 26.
Siemens’ Self-Driving Mustang Struggles Up the Goodwood Hill (Video)
More and more automakers are entering the autonomous car business in an effort to make traffic safer for both drivers and pedestrians. But, while car makers are developing state-of-the-art vehicles, Siemens added self-driving technology to a first-generation Ford Mustang. And the pony car was just showcased at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
How Much BMW Will we See in the New Toyota Supra?
The brand-new Toyota Supra just made its first dynamic run at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. And even though Toyota showcased a camouflaged prototype instead of the production model, the excitement knob is already turned up to 11 and slowly moving toward 12. The coupe is still shrouded in mystery and what bugs me most is how much BMW it will have under the skin.
While I am writing these words, I am listening to a live stream of enthusiastic commentators commenting on all the amazing cars debuting at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb. Off-road Dakar cars are hitting the track at this point, and they are not that fast on this asphalt. Heck, one rally Peugeot 205 with a V-6 just spun out. Now, the new WRC Fiesta is just showing off by doing donuts in front of the crowds. Amazing. Although the manifestation just started, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has already given us several astonishing cars five of which I am presenting you right now. This is an absolute barrage of cars, sounds, smells, and speed at the Goodwood Estate right now.
These are the first surprises the Goodwood Festival of Speed gave us.
McLaren P1 GT by Lanzante Makes Brief Appearance at Goodwood
Early last week, Lanzante teased us with a silhouette image of its wild new take on McLaren’s finest. You know, as if the standard P1 GTR wasn’t crazy enough. Now, we’re finally getting an eye-full of the bespoke speed machine, as revealed in a series of photos posted to Lanzante’s Instagram account. Infused with go-faster, motorsport-inspired goodness, it’s called the McLaren P1 GT, and it’s an impressive thing to behold.
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The Slightly Underwhelming Debut of the 2019 Toyota Supra at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The 2019 Toyota Supra has made some sort of a debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Toyota sent a camouflaged car to tackle the Hillclimb, definitely quenching our hopes of seeing the production version of the highly-anticipated fifth-generation car. Driven by Chief Engineer, Tetsuya Tada, and Test Driver, Herwig Daenens, the new Toyota Supra did not even tackle the course at its full speed. However, these drivers will drive it up the hill-climb a few more times during the weekend at the Goodwood Estate, so stay tuned.
With drivers waving from the car during the drive, Toyota sent a clear message that this first run definitely does not show the full potential of the new machine. Furthermore, Toyota confirmed that the new 2019 Supra will make a debut in 2018, which means we could be only a few months from the final showcasing of the production car. Maybe in Paris in October?
Video: Watch the ItalDesign GT-R50 in action at Goodwood
The Italdesign GT-R50, essentially a modified Nissan GT-R, just made its public debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The bespoke supercar was driven on the historic race track and, as expected, it looks even better in motion than in the official photos.
McLaren’s Track 25 Plan Includes a P1 Successor, 18 New Models, Much Higher Production, and Lots of Hybrid Tech
With the number of millionaires and billionaires surging in the past decade, the demand for ultra-high-end supercars is also on the rise. As such, manufacturers are scrambling to churn out the best four-wheeled speed machines they can muster. That includes McLaren, which just outlined its £1.2 billion, seven-year business plan.
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To the surprise of the whole car world, Aston Martin revealed a new version of its long-deceased Cygnet at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Billed as “The Ultimate City Car,” the new Aston Martin Cygnet V8 is actually a one-off piece for a customer who commissioned it through the ‘Q by Aston Martin – Commission’ service. With an engine taken from the Vantage S, 19-inch wheels, and a dramatically reimagined drivetrain, the new Cygnet V8 is the most unusual piece of machinery Aston has revealed in a while. This is a 123-inch long car, with a 4.7-liter, V-8 that develops 430 horsepower. It sounds like a joke, but it is not.
Lotus Celebrates F1 Glory with Custom Exige Models at Goodwood FoS
Lotus has yet to redesign any of its aging models, but it keeps coming up with exciting special-edition versions. The latest on the list are the Exige Type 49 and Type 79, which were introduced at the2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed to mark two of the company’s most important Formula One milestones.
Toyota showed up to Goodwood with a camouflaged Supra in hopes of stealing the spotlight, but Aston Martin, Land Rover, Jaguar, Brabham, and others made sure to get their own attention by bringing their latest gear. BMW was particularly eager to show off here, as next to their all-new 8 Series, they will be revealing this - the BMW M Performance Parts Concept M2.
Debuting at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the car will showcase all the breadth of BMW M Performance division who spruced up the M2 to previously unimaginable levels. It is a lighter, meaner, and angrier version of the BMW M2 Coupe. Some of the parts showcased here are destined for the new BMW M2 Competition.