Volkswagen May Be The Fastest Up That Hill, But You Won’t Believe About Some Other Entries At This Years GFOS

This year we saw a celebration of motoring, the automotive industry, and pure driving bliss at the Lord March’s Goodwood Estate. With hundreds of thousands of attendees, Lord March’s Estate hosted a mandatory hill climb event, rally-stage event, several motoring venues, and other exhibition events. However, 39.9 seconds of the show will remain the most important part of the whole game. That was the time electric ID R racecar needed to cover 1.16 miles of the Goodwood estate Hillclimb, thus dethroning a 20-year-old record set by Nick Heidfeld and a Formula 1 car. Apart from that, the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed hosted so many incredible vehicles that it would just be impossible to note them all. I give you here 16 coolest cars that appeared at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year.

Volkswagen ID R Racecar

On the wings of success from the Pikes and Nurburgring, the unstoppable electric and razor-sharp Volkswagen ID R formulated a plan to conquer the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb.

Volkswagen engineers removed much of the batteries that were installed in the car for the much longer record braking stints at Pikes Peak, and the Nurburgring, and retuned the suspension to fit the profile of this specific 1.16-mile hill climb with 9 turns.

The Volkswagen ID R went on to take the Goodwood Hillclimb title. It did it even on its first run when it drove a couple of tenths quicker compared to the record set in 1999 by the McLaren F1 car with Nick Heidfeld behind the wheel. However, Romain Dumas, who was behind the wheel of the Volkswagen ID R, later managed to complete the Hillclimb in 39.9 seconds which is, by far, the fastest that Goodwood has ever seen. What is more, after the drive, Dumas said: "if we stay one more week, it’s possible we could find a few more tenths."

Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen ID R Racecar

Porsche 911 RSR 4.2-liter flat-six

I find that this Porsche 911 RSR is one of the most important entries at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Porsche engineers worked on an all-new 911 RSR since May 2017, and now it is finally ready. As commentators at GFOS 2019 noted, this car is 95 percent all-new with only a couple of parts remaining the same as on the previous car (the brakes, seat, and some suspension components).

Apart from the re-engineered transmission setup, lightweight exhaust system, and a completely new aerodynamic setup, the biggest surprise of the new Porsche 911 RSR is the 4.2-liter, naturally aspirated, flat-six. This is the biggest boxer engine ever mated with the Porsche 911 chassis.

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As always, racing drivers have been involved with the development of it from the very beginning, giving a valuable insight to the engineers and the designers.

Apart from making this 911 RSR quicker and lighter, the latest version also received a wholly overhauled cockpit. It is safer and comfier than before. That is something you need in endurance racing. Porsche did a thorough job with its development, having it complete a 6000-kilometer, 30-hour run at Le Castellet track in March.

Check out more details on the 2019 Porsche 911 RSR 4.2-liter flat-six

Audi R8 LMS GT2

As one of the most stunning appearances at this years Goodwood Festival of Speed, the new Audi R8 LMS GT2 showcased Audis’ complete dedication to enter the GT2 racing series. Driven by nine-time Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen, the gorgeous Audi R8 LMS GT2 with neon green details is a 631-horsepower racecar that tips the scales just under 3,000 pounds.

The Audi R8 LMS GT2 is one of the last Audi cars (and racecars) to feature a V-10 engine, as it is unlikely that Audi will reveal its successor.

Nevertheless, with a price tag of $380,000, the Audi R8 LMS GT2 will allow amateur racing drivers and private racing teams to compete in the newly formed GT2 racing class that should actually feature slower cars compared to the GT3 class. Despite massive power and that huge rear wing, the Audi R8 LMS GT2 features far less sophisticated aero setup compared to racecars in the GT3 class of cars.

Read our full review on the 2020 Audi R8 LMS GT2

Extreme E

The Extreme E off-road racing series, the one I wrote about before, debuted its first race electric truck/SUV/car/something at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Yes, it was slow up that hill, but for a good reason. It is not complete yet. Extreme E simply had to showcase the car here and start with the early marketing efforts for the eco-friendly racing series.

The Extreme E race SUV looks a bit like a futuristic apocalypse-vehicle that could also drive on another planet.

After all, Extreme E team will go to the most remote places in the world to race its electric SUVs. The racing series starts in 2021, and it will be shown on a streaming service in the form of a documentary TV series.

Apart from the not-very-fast-SUV-that-should-have-been-fast, Extreme E team major sponsor, Continental tires, revealed two Continental tire types (winter and summer tires) for the racing series.

Check out more derails on the 2019 Extreme E

De Tomaso P72

In an absolute breeze of automotive bliss, the De Tomaso come to be again. Now in shape inspired by the 1960’s Le Mans racers, the De Tomaso P72 combines the absolute uncompromised performance with the modern interpretation of some older De Tomaso cars - such as the P70.

With an Apollo IE chassis, the De Tomaso P72 received a manual transmission packed with, probably, a super-powerful V-12.

The one with no less than 700 horsepower. I say this because the Apollo IE, on whose basis De Tomaso based the P72, live under the same roof. That car comes with a 6.3-liter borrowed from the Ferrari and dialed to791 horsepower. I have no doubt that De Tomaso shares the same engine. At the GFOS, the De Tomaso P72 looked rather amazing. It proudly shouted that well-known Ferrari growl.

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The car did stir some emotion as James Glickenhaus actually accused the P72 designers that they basically carbon-copied design of his own Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina one-off. I will leave it to you to be the judge of that.

Check out more details on the 2019 De Tomaso P72

Aston Martin DBX

Although some called it the biggest no-go of this years GFOS, the Aston Martin DBX debuted at this years event in prototype form. Honestly, we did not learn much about it except the fact that Aston Martin has a bit more to work on its exterior design. The sounds of its propulsion system and much of the front-end design seems to be complete and ready for the production.

Interestingly enough, the vehicle itself was not the main focus for Aston Martin at GFOS

. Instead, the company wanted to attract new investors, and the GFOS seems to be a perfect venue for such an endeavor.

"We have a number of important people in the financial community coming, including bankers and investors," Andy Palmer, Aston Martin CEO said before the event. Palmer added that the company looks to unveil seven new models over seven years and double its production to 14,000 cars yearly.

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"The narrative of the plan, the DBX, de-risking and the luxury market is not a story you can tell through newspaper headlines, so we will take every opportunity, every touchpoint with investors," said Palmer at the event.

As far as the DBX goes, Aston Martin actually made extensive tests with the Porsche Cayenne Turbo, and the BMW X5M. The company wants to make the new DBX handle and cope with high speed better than any of them.

Read our full review on the 2020 Aston Martin DBX.

Bac Mono R

For the first time in the history of the company, BAC offers two product - Mono and the new Mono R. Unveiled at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, BAC revealed the new, heavily redesigned Mono R.

It is lighter (from 580 kg to 555 kilograms), more powerful (from 305 hp to 340 horsepower), far more capable in the corners, and faster.

"Today marks a monumental step in the history of Briggs Automotive Company. Not only have we become a multi-product brand for the first time, but we’ve done so with a truly remarkable feat of engineering, design, and innovation in the Mono R," said Ian Briggs, Design Director at BAC.

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The car itself is a testament to precision engineering and an absolute uncompromised attitude toward speed. By that, I mean that BAC worked basically on every part of the vehicle to make it even faster and fiercer around any track imaginable. Their work with the graphene integration into the overall structure, 3D printing of some parts, and the addition of the Ramair intake (that thing on the left side of the cockpit) launched the Mono R in a whole another level of performance. Thanks to 612horsepower per ton, the BAC Mono R can accelerate to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds, and achieve about 170 mph. With new Pirelli Trofeo R tires, lower center of gravity, and somewhat different aerodynamics, the new BAC Mono R should be capable of far quicker lap times compared with the Mono.

BAC plans to produce only 30 units. They have already sold all of them.

Check out more details on the Bac Mono R

Ford GT Mk II

As an ultimate representation of the GTs racing proves, the Ford GT Mk II debut at Goodwood marked a pivotal moment for the American company. Ford created the new car based on the Ford GT Le Mans racer, but instead of homologating it for some racing series, the company actually decided to throw all the rulebooks out of the window and craft the most extreme car possible. That is why the new Ford GT Mk II features that massive rear wing and a fat front splitter.

In fact, dramatic rearrangement of aerodynamic features increased the downforce of the whole contraption by some 400 pounds.

Developed by Multimatic, Ford plans to produce 45 units and sell them for $1.2 million a pop.

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Interestingly enough, the conservative estimate for the maximum power sits at 700 horsepower, but some already suggested that its EcoBoost actually develops 735 horsepower. Plus, thanks to race-bred suspension without any height adjustment stuff, it is lower compared to any roadgoing GT.

I can safely say that this is the most extreme GT Ford ever produced.

Check out more details on the Ford GT Mk II

Radical Rapture

Called the Rapture, the new Radical is the first all-new Radical in quite some time. The Rupture is basically a multitasker in the world of Radical as it can be used as a road car and a competent track car. Not that we have seen this for the first time, but the Radical always knew to make well-balanced track cars that can easily compete with far more powerful things on the track.

Nevertheless, the 754-kilogram car hid 2.3-liter EcoBoost with 350 horsepower and 320 pound-feet of torque at the back for some serious performance.

Apparently, it will do 100 mph in 6.5 seconds.
0-62 mph? In less than three seconds!

I feel that Radical, with a price of $140,000, represent a bit cheaper alternative to the BAC Mono. Nevertheless, it did not actually tear through the Goodwood Hillclimb course, but it did show its potential under the tent where Radical actually unveiled it.

Samsung remote-controlled 5G car

Vaughn Gittin Jr had one of the most unexpected shows at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. He put on the Samsung Gear VR headset, sat behind the Designated Driver steering wheel drivers rig in a so-called Future Lab tent, and remotely controlled a car that was more than a mile away.

While this was just a marketing ploy to demonstrate the Vodaphone 5G network and Designated Driver software solutions, the idea behind this is kinda bizarre and possibly necessary at the same time.

Vaughn Gittin Jr, who drove the car remotely and managed to make it drift a bit thanks to some special tires, said that the technology should allow remote seated operators to take control of cars with autonomous driving tech. Of course, only if and when needed (when the autonomous car sensors go bad for example).

Samsung, Vodaphone, and Designated Driver actually tried to control this car from 5,000 miles away, and it apparently worked great. While I could write about this for ages, I think you should watch this video and get to know this innovation better. For me, the most fantastic thing about this is the fact that Vaughn used Samsung S10 phone in his VR headset, and he watched the video feed from the Samsung S10 phones that were attached to the roof of the modified Lincoln sedan. You can have that tech in your pocket.

Mercedes-AMG A45 S

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Revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019, the Mercedes-AMG A45 S is the most powerful, the fastest and the most bizarre hatchback that ever was. With 415 horsepower from a 2.0-liter engine and a 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive, the A45 S honestly become a bit too fast. This is a hatchback that can accelerate to 62 mph in 3.9 seconds and probably shame a lot of older supercars on the track. It is strange time we live in to have a car like this.

The A45 S did several really fast stints at the Goodwood Hillclimb, but instead of sharing with you just a short Hillclimb drive, I am actually sharing Shmee150 video.

He bought the car, drove really fast in one at the Goodwood and his video will get you to know the A45 S much better than ever.
All in all, the Mercedes-AMG A45 S is a pure and simple creation that fruition from a powerplay Mercedes plays with its competitors. While it is impressive, I can’t wait to see what Audi is cooking for the new RS3?!

Check out more details on the 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 S

Lexus LC Convertible

In a move, that surprised no one Lexus confirmed the production of the new Lexus LC Convertible.

Camouflaged and beautiful LC convertible appeared at the Goodwood Festival of Speed showing its sexy lines and curves.

However, apart from the fact that the LC Convertible will come, rumors suggest that it will feature a whole new propulsion method - a V-8 with at least 600 horsepower. Of course, in an LC F guise!

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While nothing is confirmed, some rumors suggest we may see a new 4.0-liter, turbocharged V-8, or a supercharged 5.0-liter, V-8 under its bonnet. We will just have to wait and see what Lexus has in store for us.

Read our full review on the Lexus LC Convertible

Land Rover Defender

The Land Rover Defender kicked off this year Goodwood Festival of Speed. With Lord March, the founder of the GFOS, behind its wheel, camouflaged Land Rover Defender made the first official Hillclimb at this years venue. The new Defender does celebrate the Land Rover heritage with its basic shape and purpose, but it does evoke certain modernity to the whole off-road segment. It won’t look like the old Defender. After all, it seems to be a bit chubbier, but with a clear boxy look of the rear end.

For a start, you can expect a short-wheelbase version with three doors (one showcased here), long-wheelbase model with four doors, and even a sort of a pickup truck.

The development process took the Land Rover and the new Defender to the most remote places in the world. The company tested it in Kenia, in the Arctic circle, and, of course, at the most remote areas of Great Britain. I can’t wait to see it.

Read our full review on the 2020 Land Rover Defender

Honda E

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Honda E made the global, dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. A gorgeous city electric car even attracted Lord March who drove it at the hill.
During the main event, Toro Rosso driver Alex Albon took it up that 1.16-mile hill climb. The speed was not crucial, of course, but Albon did say that the Honda E felt nimble and agile. That’s more important for the small city car, I guess.

Available in a rear-wheel-drive guise, the Honda E features an asynchronous electric motor with 148 horsepower and 221 pound-feet of torque.

It sources the power for a 35.5 kWh battery pack for a 0 to 60 mph time in about 8 seconds and a range of 124 miles. It, evidently, doesn’t sound like a Tesla Model 3 competitor. It is, in fact, just a fantastic city dweller that should populate the streets of any sufficiently advanced community. I am not sure why Mini or Smart have not done anything like this before. Kudos to you Honda!

Read our full speculative review on the Honda E

McLaren GT

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The McLaren GT is unlike any other long-distance Grand Tourer. It is a mid-engine beast based around the same underpinnings as the hardcore McLaren supercars. To make it, at least, appealing to the people who usually buy Aston Martin DB11s or Continental GTs, McLaren GT become the biggest McLaren ever produced. After all, designers managed to create a large luggage compartment, integrated far more leather than ever before, and ever detuned the engine.

Although, lacking the razor-sharp reflexes of the 720S, the GT, thanks to its underpinnings, seems to be the most dynamic grand tourer in the world. I

would not be surprised if it ends up being the fastest as well.

After all, it is a car that can reach 60 mph in 3.1 seconds and top speed 203 miles per hour despite 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, and 5.3 cubic feet in the frunk. It was not the most significant star at the Goodwood, but it surely left a mark there.

Read our full review on the 2020 McLaren GT

Porsche Bergspyder homage

The Porsche Bergspyder Homage car did not compete at the Goodwood Hillclimb event. Heck, it did not even drove up that hill. I think it should. Hidden somewhere in the Porsche tent at the Goodwood Estate, the Porsche Bergspyder is a one-off prototype that was built as an homage for the lightest Porsche ever - 847 pounds heavy 909 Bergspyder from1968.

Based around the 981 Boxster, the latest Bergspyder was also an exercise in design and a proposed lightweight roadgoing racer envisioned for production.

Unfortunately, it never reached it as Porsche feared it cannot achieve all the safety regulations due to its lack of the roof or windshield structure.

Nevertheless, the Porsche Bergspyder is a fantastic vehicle, powered by a Cayman 3.8-liter, 388 horsepower engine, and with the most hardcore suspension setup. Apparently, it lapped the Nurburgring in 7 minutes and 30 seconds. I wonder how fast it could be at the Goodwood hill!

While I have not seen the new Bergspyder tear up the hill, I give you a remarkable hill climb by the original Porsche 909 Bergspyder.

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