New Singer Porsche, A Ludicrously Expensive EV Mustang, and The First Pagani Ever Will All Be Displayed at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed
We’ve written quite a bit already about what you’ll see at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed but here’s moreby Michael Fira, on
The Goodwood Festival of Speed, an annual motorsports gathering that’s regarded as one of the top hillclimb-style events in the world right now, is just around the corner. Among the many amazing cars that you’ll see tackle Lord March’s quite tricky driveway, there’s your fair share of F1 cars, sports car, hypercars, and the obligatory oddities. Among the oddities there’ll be an Eleanor-looking Mustang debuting at Goodwood and Singer will also bring a new model to unveil at the event. Pagani, meanwhile, delves back to its origins and will have the first Zonda ever made on display.
Trying to explain the Goodwood Festival of Speed to someone that’s yet to attend the event is hard. You could start by mentioning the wild cacophony of sounds coming from the exhausts of just about any dream car you could have, from a mid-’60s Ferrari V-12 to a shouting V-10-era F1 car and from a turbocharged Group B four-pot to some menacing American V-8. You really can’t go wrong if you buy tickets to attend the event and we’ll let you in on some more of the incredible (moving) exhibits you’ll be able to see and hear there - either in person (if you’re there you can add smelling and maybe even touching to the list) or via the weekend-long live stream available on the Goodwood Road & Racing YouTube channel.
The 2019 Goodwood FoS lives up to its fame with large array of crazy machinery
The grounds at Goodwood are hallowed, within them laying the marks of the footsteps and the rubber of so many legends of the automotive world - both human and mechanical. Senna’s McLaren-Honda MP4/4 from 1988? It’s been there and it’ll be there again this year. Richard Burns’ Subaru Impreza?
It's been there too and you can expect a few ex-Works Prodrive-built Imprezas to tackle the Goodwood Rally Stage (yes, there's a rally stage on the estate as well).
What about Richard Petty’s famed 1970 Plymouth Superbird with that oversized wing? Been to Goodwood as well just like The King himself.
And that’s without mentioning the hundreds of drivers who have raced in period (and nowadays) on the 2.36-mile long road course whose history blends in a unique mix of glory and tragedy. If you want proper racing, you’ll have to attend the Members’ Meeting or the Goodwood Revival that’s using the road course. If you want to see the world’s top four-wheeled and two-wheeled icons as well as the pretty hair-raising hill climb shootout because while most of the cars you’ll see going up and down Lord March’s driveway won’t necessarily be pushed to their limits, some will. Just as we saw last year when Romain Dumas almost lost it in the Volkswagen I.D.R which he manhandled to a new EV course record.
Among the things you may not necessarily expect to see at Goodwood is the electric Mustang replica built by the British startup company Charge Cars. Built starting from fully licensed Mustang shells, this retro-looking electric muscle car blends a body kit inspired by the Mustang in ’Gone In 60 Seconds’ with the clever features you’d expect to find inside a Tesla.
"Our fully electric Mustang is built not only on cutting edge technology and expertise but immense passion – from our love of preserving iconic design to our belief in an emission-free future,” says Vadim Shagaleev, CEO of Charge Cars, quoted by Yahoo News. The company itself boasts that some of its staff have a storied history having worked for the likes of Williams F1 and McLaren Automotive although its current main technology partner is Arrival, a company that builds the Royal Mail’s boxy electric delivery van.
Arrival is supplying Charge Cars with much of the drivetrain components like the 64 kWh battery and the pair of electric motors, one sitting on the front axle and one on the rear axle.
Combined, the two motors put out 536 horsepower and 885 pound-feet of torque. This translates to a 0-60 mph time of under four seconds and a top speed of 150 mph, about as fast as your average German sedan. The company claims that you can go about 200 miles on a charge aboard its Mustang, not bad when you consider the much less potent Nissan Leaf-E can only carry you for 226 miles on a charge and the Jaguar I-Pace and Chevrolet Bolt both won’t surpass 240 miles before running out of juice. What is more, you can charge this EV at 50 kW DC fast charging stations.
To put everything into context, if you want to burn some gas and go for a fully licensed Eleanor replica, the cheapest version comes packing a 5.0-liter V-8 unit tuned by Roush that produces 430 horsepower.
Of course, there are more powerful engines available like a 600 horsepower supercharged V-8 and also some 7.0-liter V-8s with outputs ranging between 480 horsepower and 750 horsepower.
But as the power goes up, the price follows suit. While a standard licensed Eleanor costs $180,000, the craziest version of the lot will set you back about $100,000 more. And this is the main drawback of Charge Cars’ electric Mustang. It starts (!) at $377,690.
For that supercar-level price tag (an Aventador starts at $400,000 which isn’t far at all) you get all the oomph, a clever interior with a Tesla-like screen on the central console that controls the driving modes, the suspension settings, the way the car runs, if you want it in AWD mode or RWD mode, and the feeling of exclusivity. The latter comes courtesy of the fact that Charge Cars said it’ll only build 499 units of the EV Mustang. If it’s appealing to you and you’ve got the money, you can reserve one now for the (refundable) sum of $6,294.
Moving on, Singer Vehicles is ready to steal your heart with its immaculate Porsche restomods. We’ve talked about this company many times over and we can’t help but do it again. I mean, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a company that puts so much attention into each and every detail that makes up a car. Singer’s partnership with Williams proves that the company is ready to cooperate with the best in the business and the quality of its work will be on display, both stationary and in motion.
The stunning Dynamics and Lightweighting Study (DLS) 964-based model that was unveiled at Goodwood last year will be back and it will tackle the hill climb course.
This $1.8 million creation is the tastiest fruit of the Williams/Singer cooperation. It sports a titanium exhaust system linked to a Mezger-designed 4.0-liter engine (the unit in its original state and displaces just 3.6-liters). This unit, while naturally aspirated, cranks out 500 horsepower, revs all the way to 9,000 rpm, and sports four-valves per cylinder and four camshafts. The car as a whole only weighs 2,182 pounds in a day and age when Ferrari’s F8 Tributo tips the scales at 3,163 pounds.
On top of that, Porsche’s long-time head of engineering in the motorsport department, Norbert Singer (the company’s name is a nod to Singer the man), advised on the car’s aerodynamics as Singer aimed to retain the classic shape of the 1973 Porsche Carrera RS but effectively make it work from an aerodynamic standpoint. It received many ducts, vents, and winglets, and the wing in the back is bigger and the shape of the roof and the rear window is different so that the wing is actually effective and air actually passes over it pushing the back end down. 18-inch forged magnesium BBS-made Fuchs rims are wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 rubber that links the DLS to the ground. You can be sure its Brembo brakes will be pushed close to their limits on its run up the hill - development driver Marino Franchitti may be behind the wheel.
The DLS will show its face again dressed in a new livery and SInger will also bring the 'Sussex' commission, another 964-based build described as "a discreet gentleman’s race car for the road."
Finally, the trifecta will be completed by the newly finished ’Mullholand’ commission. Built by Singer’s very own Special Wishes division, it’s said to offer an "undiluted, visceral experience." The car, based on a 1991 Porsche 911 is painted in blue, gazes at the world via four headlights (two ’Frog’ lights fitted onto the front trunk lid) and rides on oversized Minilites. The livery on top of the blue paint is akin to a topographic map of sorts. It must look amazing in flesh!
Finally, in this "something for everything" piece we’ll also go over Pagani’s decision to bring the first Zonda ever made to the show. You all know the Zonda and we couldn’t blame you if you still rate it among the prettiest cars of the 21st century. Horacio Pagani’s first car has stood the test of time and you can still (sort of) buy a new one today (although production officially ended in 2013).
The C12 with the chassis plate ending in #001 is finished in silver and has recently come out of a full-blown restoration.
It was first unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Auto Show looking better than new and, now, it will be part of a 20-strong fleet of Paganis that will ascend at Goodwood to celebrate Automobili Pagani’s 20th birthday. The C12 is powered by an AMG-developed 6.0-liter V-12 developing 444 horsepower and 472 pound-feet of torque. All the grunt heads to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual transmission, and the whole thing weighs less than 2,800 pounds. To better understand how much the Paganis has evolved through the years, Horacio Pagani’s very own Zonda HP Barchetta puts out 800 horsepower and 627 pound-feet of twist. It also reportedly costs $17 million.
If you want to see priceless exotics, awe-inspiring classic race cars, some of the racing world’s living legends as well as the quirky stuff we’ve talked about above, be sure to follow all of the action at Goodwood that kicks-off in earnest on Friday.