The times are changing. In 2018, first two places at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill Climb belonged to electric vehicles. The all-time record on the track, set all way back in 1999 by Nick Heidfeld in the McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13 F1 car, remains untouched, but the runs of the race-only Volkswagen I.D. R and the road legal Nio EP9 demonstrate evolution.
Although the first two places were taken by the latest tech, the third on the Goodwood hill is actually a well known hill-climb monster - the BMW E36 M3 V8 Judd. With a Formula V-8 engine inside, it was possibly the best sounding thing on that hill. This is one hell of a praise as all sorts of amazing cars made an appearance.
Live Streaming the event was a major win for the Goodwood as people from all around the world witnessed the rumble and thunder of the best internal combustion engines ever envisioned. This is exactly what the extremely precise and scarly silent electric cars lack - the sound and the emotion surrounding cars with an ICE. Despite looking really good and mean, electric cars simply lack the drama of the monstrous vehicles preceding them. Nevertheless, they are the fastest, and they are, probably, the future.
Witness five drivers who had the courage to make the five fastest runs at the 2018 FOS Hill Climb by torturing their cars to the absolute limits.
A BMW 507 Brought in More Than $5 Million at the 2018 Goodwood Auction!
A 1957 BMW 507 Roadster sold for more than $5 million at the recent Bonham auction at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The final price not only doubled the car’s pre-auction estimate — it was expected to fetch around $2.5 million — it also blew past the highest price ever paid for a BMW 507 by more than $2 million.
The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed proved to be a pure celebration of automobilia and, altogether, the best automotive related event in all of Britain. It seemed like the entire automotive world huddled there just to have some pure, raw fun. It was cool.
Yet, among thousands of new cars, young-timers and old-timers alike, some drives up that Goodwood Hillclimb simply have to be singled out. I have chosen six of them, but, honestly, I could have picked 50 and there would still be some more to add to the list.
Among the eminence of the automotive celebutante of the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, a number of strange cars and unusual record-breaking efforts took place.
Porsche, Land Rover, Volkswagen, and McLaren took the show by a storm, but that hill climb, and the estate as a whole, saw so many oddities and extremes. I had to pick at least five of the best.
The Biggest Crashes of the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed
With so many cars running up that awesome Hillclimb at the Goodwood Estate, one would expect to see a number of epic crashes. Well, not so much this year, but out of 8 or nine crashes, I have singled out 5 of the most amazing. We are lucky to have such a fantastically organized event where drivers can unwind their wheels and actually enjoy themselves.
Not crashing is actually a big thing here as a majority of the cars are, basically priceless. Imagine crashing a Rally Repsol Ford Escort from before. Or the Pre-war Silver-Arrow. This goes to show all the commitment and risks the drivers are prepared to take to be the best at Goodwood.
After all, we can see all the racers hitting the apexes and definitely following the famed words of Mario Andretti - "If everything seems under control, you’re just not going fast enough."
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.
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.