Ferrari At The 2015 Goodwood Festival Of Speed: Video
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a veritable cornucopia of fast machinery. There’s a little bit of everything on hand, from the classic to the cutting-edge, fun street machines to deadly serious racers, production vehicles to specialized one-offs. Providing a car for each of these given categories was Ferrari, which made its presence known in a big, bold way, as evidenced in the above-featured video.
Most prominently, the prancing horse could be seen taking on the tricky 1.16-mile hill climb course that is Lord March’s driveway. Making the run were models like the 2016 Ferrari 488 GTB, 2015 Ferrari FXX K and 2009 Ferrari 599XX.
Kimi Raikkonen was on hand, taking the wheel of a Formula 1 car pulled from the 2010 season for a blast up the hill, giving all in attendance an earful of the much-loved 2.4-liter naturally aspirated V-8 we’d all prefer over the current turbocharged 1.6-liter V-6.
Derek Bell, a British endurance racing driver and five-time 24 Hours of Le Mans winner, also drove a few Ferraris through the course, including the classic 512 S he brought to Belgium in 1970 for the 1000km of Spa-Francorchamps race.
Ferrari design chief Flavio Manzoni was in attendance as a judge at the concours event, where even more historic Ferraris were on display, including a 330 GT Vignale Shooting Brake.
While seeing all this Italian-awesomeness in person would be ideal, the video does provide a decent substitute. I would have preferred a bit more exhaust noise in the soundtrack, but seeing all that red at speed is a treat nonetheless.
For those of you who didn’t know, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual event in West Sussex, England, at the Goodwood House, a place steeped in British racing history. Included is a soapbox challenge, a forest rally stage, a moving motor show and an air show. The main draw, however, is the hill climb event, which pits a huge variety of cars against the clock in a bid to navigate nine turns and over 300 feet of elevation change in as little time as possible. The current standing record is 41.6 seconds, as set in 1999 by Nick Heidfeld driving a McLaren MP4/13 F1 car.
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