What is the Goodwood Festival Of Speed and Why Does it Matter?
As one of the best organized automotive manifestations in the U.K., the Goodwood Festival of Speed reached international fame really fast after its debut year in 1993. New car exhibitions coincide with the fantastic hill-climb course over which cars of all ages and shapes compete over a period of three days. The event gathers hundreds of thousands of people every year at the Duke of Richmond’s Goodwood Estate with some of the attractions including car testing, helicopter pleasure rides, music entertainment, extraordinary dining experiences, and much more.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed made such an impact on the world of cars that it shifted the car exhibition paradigm from something like an Auto Show to a three-day family event. The Goodwood Festival of Speed is like the Disneyland of cars, but there’s a lot of history behind the event, and this is its story.
5 New Supercars Showing up at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed is taking place this week, and there are going to be some fine machinery making an appearance at the four-day long event. We’ve already been clued in on some expected headliners, including the debuts of the Porsche 911 Speedster and McLaren 600LT. But some lesser-known automakers are bringing their prized exotics to the grounds of Goodwood House. Whether it’s the Brabham BT62 or the Apollo Intensa Emozione, there’s going to be no shortage of supercars that will be in attendance at one of the industry’s most highly anticipated events.
Looking Back at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill Climb
The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed is upon us, and it’s shaping up to be quite the event that will even include the long-awaited debut of the next-gen Toyota Supra. Be that as it may, the Supra’s debut won’t be the most exciting thing happening this weekend. After all, we all know there is all kinds of action that goes down during the Hillclimb. Records could be broken, new cars and entrants could surprise us, and there could be some pretty interesting crashes as each and every driver pushes their car to the limit up that fun and punishing track.
With that in mind, we’ve decided to take a look back at the some of the most exciting videos from last year’s event, including that Ferrari 458 GT2 and Ford RS200 that crashed, the Range Rover Sport SVR that rode on two wheels, and the debut of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, among others. With that said, there’s a whole bunch of amazing videos below to help keep you on the edge of your seat until the event kicks off later this week. Let’s get to it!
2019 Toyota Supra
If there is a car that is included on almost every list of “greatest enthusiasts car,” it’s the Toyota Supra. The little two-door sports car was originally bolted together as a response to the Z cars coming from competitor Datsun (and later Nissan), but it eventually grew into a special machine with a cult-like following. Now after years of rumor, speculation and dreaming, the Supra is set to return. With Toyota having launched the FT-1 concept in 2014, with sporty prototypes spotted on the road since 2016, and a Supra racing concept at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the next-generation coupe turned from rumor to reality and an official debut is expected to happen by the end of the year.
The story of the Supra may start in 1978, but it was in 1987, with the introduction of the first turbocharged model, that it began to truly build its performance legacy. This third-generation Supra was fitted with more than a powerful engine. It featured adjustable suspension and brake systems that helped make it great around a racetrack as well. It became a cult icon in the auto enthusiast world, and everyone has been clamoring for a new model since the old one was pulled from U.S. showrooms in the late 1990s.
But we heard nothing but rumors until September 2016, when the first prototypes hit public roads. The camouflaged cars offered strong hints that Toyota is using a familiar design with some FT-1 cues. We also got more and more reports that the new Supra will share underpinnings and engines with the next-generation BMW Z4, as part of a collaboration between the two companies. But information remained slim until recently, when a couple of leaks brought more data into the spotlight. With the GR Supra Racing concept having already debuted in Geneva, the production model is just a few months away from showing itself in the metal, and we gathered all the existing information in the speculative review below. Check it out and make sure you stay tuned for updates.
Updated 07/09/2018: The Toyota Supra is expected to debut this week at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, so in anticipation of its debut, we’ve decided to update this review with a video of its last testing session on the Nurburgring. Furthermore, Toyota has disclosed some important information about the Supra’s drivetrain. Check it all out in the updated sections below.
Starting on July 12th, the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed promises to be a pure celebration of automobilia, motorsport, and sports cars. The manifestation, which has held ever since 1993 at Goodwood House, West Sussex, England, gathers the best from the world of cars with the central event being a hill climb over a rather tricky 1.16-mile-long track. With three days of pure automotive fun, the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed is expected to draw crowds of over 125,000 individuals each day. Obviously, with major media coverage and such high attendance numbers, manufacturers from all around the world look forward to presenting their vehicles and tackling the hill climb. This year, Porsche is the main sponsor as the company marks 70 years since the unveiling of the first sports car - the 356, at the event. I would not be surprised if they attempt to set a record on the track. Currently, the record is at 0:41.6 seconds and it was set by Formula 1 driver Nick Heidfeld in a McLaren in 1999. Considering the fact that Porsche has already set one astounding record at the Nurburgring, tackling Goodwood is to be expected.
Apart from the multitude Porsche plans to exhibit, I gathered five other exceptional vehicles to look out for at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Watch The 10 Fastest Runs Ever At the Goodwood Festival Of Speed: Video
Later next month, speed addicts the world over will descend on Goodwood House in the U.K., each vying to strut their stuff in the annual Goodwood Festival Of Speed Hillclimb event. However, they’ll really need to bring their A-game if they hope to make it into the top 10 fastest times ever recorded at the event, as evidenced in this 9-minute, 16-second video.
The vid shows each of the top runs in its entirety, ranging between 45.08 seconds for the number 10 spot, to 41.6 seconds for the number one spot. The breadth and variety of cars competing here is staggering, including standouts like the squirrelly Toyota Tacoma driven by Rod Millen, the no-holds-barred Subaru Impreza WRX “Gobstopper II” driven by Olly Clark, the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak-record holder driven by Sebastien Loeb, and the Formula 1 McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 driven by Nick Heidfeld.
Watching these machines tackle the climb is a true delight, and hearing each wind it out is enough to give any gearhead some goosebumps. Hit play, crank the volume, and get stoked.
The Most Exciting Goodwood HIll Climb Videos From Over The Weekend
Just as we’re coming back to earth after a festive 4th of July weekend, it’s a good time to sit back and enjoy what took place at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. As always, the FOS lived up to the hype in bringing in a trove of vehicles from different generations. There were classic cars from the halcyon days of the auto industry. There were world debuts of new cars, public unveilings of future cars, and let’s not forget all those Ferraris in attendance that were there to celebrate Maranello’s 70th anniversary.
One of the really cool things about the Goodwood Festival of Speed is, that unlike any other auto show in the calendar, a lot of the cars that show up there aren’t just showcase models that sit idly on platforms as the world looks at them. The cars that attend Goodwood are far more active, some of them even partaking in the Hill Climb event that has come to be one of the most identifiable events of the weekend-long festivities. So as we dig into all that happened at Lord March’s estate over the weekend, might as well spend some time enjoying some of the most memorable cars that partook in the Hill Climb. Not all of them were successful in completing the short course, but these cars still found ways to get a lot of people to talk about them.
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Ford RS200 Evolution has a Bad Day at Goodwood
I have to admit that it can be fun to watch cars crash, at least when nobody gets hurt, anyway. Every now and then, however, it’s actually painful to watch, especially when the car is rare and has an important history. And, such is the case with Pat Doran’s beast of a Ford RS200 EVO. If the RS200 name sounds familiar, that’s because Ford built it between 1984 and 1986. It was a homologation special that was produced in just 200 examples and was powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that was good for around 250 horsepower. It was built by Ford of Great Britain, but that’s not the car you’re about to see get literally ripped to pieces – no; this is an RS200 Evolution, a Group B rally car that was built in just 24 examples.
Unfortunately, this is one of those cars that you don’t want to see crash, but as Doran was attempting to negotiate a rather tight turn on the hill, he went off the road just a bit and ended up losing control. At first, it looked as if he was going to save it, but the momentum was just a little too much and his rear quarter nailed a bale of hay, practically ripping the rear end right apart. The car didn’t exactly fare well, be Doran survived the incident without injury and even took a bow before stepping away from what was left of his treasured RS200. Whether or not the car is repairable or not remains to be seen, but with any luck, it’s salvageable. Keep reading to see the crash and to learn a little more about the RS200 Evolution.
A Historical Look At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed’s Center Feature Sculptures
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is a lot of things to a lot of people. For some, it’s the one auto event in the calendar year that really celebrates the history of the auto industry. For others, it’s a spectacle of some of the finest race cars and performance cars in history. Then there are those who go to the event just to see what the vibe is like. No matter where you fall in any of these groups, there’s an underlying agreement that nothing encapsulates the Goodwood Festival of Speed more than the event’s central feature, which traditionally takes the form of massive sculptures commissioned by automakers that are chosen by event organizers. More often than not, these companies are chosen if they’re celebrating a particular milestone that year.
The central feature has become a prominent fixture at the Goodwood Festival of Speed since 1997 when Ferrari was invited to serve as the marque of the event. Over the next two decades, a who’s who of the world’s top automakers have taken center stage with their own central features. Companies like Jaguar, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Renault have been featured more than twice, while other companies like BMW, Mazda, Honda, Toyota, Ford, Lotus, and Alfa Romeo have had their turns as well. In fact, since 1997, this year marks the very first time that the event’s central feature will be about a person, not an automaker. Former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone is going to be given that honor, a fitting nod to the man who brought the glitz and glamor back to Formula One.
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Honda Shows up to Goodwood with a Unique interpretation of the Civic Type R
We all know that human and machine are becoming one. People can’t put down their smartphones for two seconds, Grandpa is walking around with a pacemaker to keep his heart going, and it’s only a matter of time before we’re able to replace our limbs with full-fledged robotic counterparts. Elon Musk is even doubling down on his notion of connecting the human brain directly to computers with his newest company, Neuralink. It’s only a matter of time before we can transfer human consciousness and become a race of sentient cyborg beings hellbent on spreading our archaic ideals across the galaxy and conquering the universe. Okay, so, that’s a bit too much, but there’s no denying that the gap between human and machine is getting increasingly smaller, and Honda has taken this idea into its own hands by creating a Honda Civic Type R and the Fireblade bike out of humans. That’s right; Humans.
It’s all a big show to celebrate the kicking off of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, and you have to admit, it’s one of the most creative ways to do so. All told, 12 performance artists manage to intertwine themselves enough to generate the basic silhouette of the Civic Type R and the Fireblade bike. The whole thing has been orchestrated by the Honda Challenge Lab, a self-proclaimed “playground of extraordinary ideas inspiring curiosity and learning.” Needless to say, if you happen to be checking out the festival this year, the Honda booth is one place you certainly want to visit – it’s not very often you see a group of people shaping themselves into vehicles.
Watch The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed Live: Streaming Video
If you like fast cars (and something tells me you do), then an event called the Festival of Speed is probably right up your alley. Since 1993, this annual orgy of horsepower has brought together some of the greatest performance machines in the world to take on a winding strip of pavement 1.16 miles long and lined with obstacles. This hill climb event takes place at the Goodwood Estate, challenging top-notch drivers to wow the crowd in a gratuitous display of velocity and tire smoke. Just hit play to watch it all go down.
No matter what your automotive pleasure may be, the GFoS has it. Sports cars, supercars, muscle cars, rally racers, stock cars, GT racers, formula cars, drifters – if it goes fast, you can bet you’ll find it here. In addition to the racing and exhibition runs, Goodwood also plays host to celebrity appearances, legendary racing drivers, and several vehicle debuts as well. The stream will be going off an on all weekend until the event’s end Sunday evening, so make sure to check in here to watch this year’s event play out in its entirety.
Could Jaguar Have A Mystery Unveiling Planned At Goodwood?
Count Jaguar in as one of the many automakers that will be in attendance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It’s not exactly ground-breaking news though, is it? Well, it appears that Jag isn’t coming to Lord March’s estate empty-handed as rumors are circulating that the company is coming with a new version of its XJ sedan.
Now, this isn’t actually a rumor in the traditional sense because Jaguar itself announced such plans. What’s been left in the dark is what kind of version of the XJ this mysterious model is going to be. The only thing Jag hinted at is that it will be a new “derivative” of the luxury sedan and that it will use the Festival of Speed’s famous Hill Climb event to complete its final testing phase. Other than that, we’re left to our own imaginative devices to speculate on what derivative of the XJ this model is going to be. Could it be a new performance-oriented XJR? Maybe something out of Jag’s SVO division to sit alongside the XE SV Project 8? There’s also the possibility that with the current generation XJ nearing its life cycle, Jag might be developing this mystery XJ as a last hurrah of sorts - like perhaps an ultra luxurious final edition model? There are plenty of different directions that this mysterious XJ could go so predicting what it’s bringing to the table at Goodwood will likely amount to nothing. We’ll know the answer soon enough.
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Goodwood Festival Of Speed Pays Tribute To Seven Decades Of Maranello’s Finest
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is always one of the best events to go to when you’re in the mood to bask in the rich history of the automotive industry. Classic and modern cars alike are a common spectacle at the event. This year, the Festival of Speed is turning its sights to honoring a certain Italian automaker, who just happens to be celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. So, if any of you happen to be going, be on the lookout for 70 of the finest Ferraris in history, all of which will be on display to honor the Prancing Horse’s 70th birthday.
Competition cars. Single-seaters. Classics. Modern supercars. Pretty much every kind of car Ferrari has built in the last seven decades will make an appearance at Lord March’s estate over the weekend. On top of all the Ferraris that will be on display, about 25 more of the company’s racing cars will see action in the 1.16-mile Hill Climb, the highlight event of the Festival of Speed. Ferraris will also be well-represented at Bonhams’ Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale. A 1972 Ferrari 365 GTB/4 “Daytona” Berlinetta will be auctioned off over the weekend, as well as a 1986 Ferrari 328 GTB, a 1989 Ferrari Testarossa, and most prominent of them all, a 1988 Ferrari F40 owned by Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour. If there ever was a time and a place to proudly show your tifosi colors and celebrate Ferrari’s 70th anniversary, it’s going to be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
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Someone Ruined Porsche’s Big Day by Leaking Official Images of the 911 GT2 RS
Porsche has been pretty tight-lipped about its new 911 GT2 RS. Sure; we all saw it at the 2017 Xbox E3 event just a few weeks ago, but once everything was said and done, Porsche tried to pretend that it didn’t exist. This became more than evident when various publications tried to reach out for comment regarding rumors that all 1,000 examples had already been spoken for. With that in mind, the GT2 RS is set to make its “official debut” this weekend at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Before that could happen, however, someone decided to leak some official images, like the ones shown above, on Rennlist early this morning.
Now, it’s pretty clear that nothing has changed since we saw the new GT2 RS at E3, but this time around we get a look at the rear (the only rear shot we had before was from Forza 7 pre-alpha gameplay) and finally get to see what’s going on inside – at least to an extent, anyway. The most notable thing about the interior is the perfect split of red and black coloring. The headlights, A-pillars, B-pillars, central arm rest, seat centers, and steering wheel are all wrapped in red Alcantara, while the dash looks to get a healthy dose of black Alcantara mixed in with some leather and red contrast stitching. There are also red accents on the door trim panels and the gear shifter, while carbon fiber trim adorns the seat chassis, seat side bumpers, and the face trim of the dash. Finally, there is red embroidery on the front of the headrests and a pretty gnarly looking roll cage behind the front seats. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself. But, let’s talk more about what else we can expect.
Porsche 911 GT2 RS is at Goodwood and Ready to Make its Debut
Ever since Porsche discontinued the 911 GT2 RS back in 2012, we’ve been waiting for a replacement. Then, all of the sudden, Porsche blew our minds by unveiling the car at this year’s Xbox E3 event as part of the Forza 7 presentation. It wasn’t the first time Porsche has done such a thing – if you remember back, the Cayman GT4 was also unveiled with Real Racing 3. But, despite the car being on the stage and being showcased within in-game footage of Forza 7 (it was even rocking a Forza plate on the front fascia,) Porsche decided to act like the car didn’t exist. This held true even after rumors began to circulate that the car was already sold out, but now we know why – Porsche was trying to save some hype for a full debut that takes place this Saturday at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
As of now, we know almost nothing about the 911 GT2 RS, outside of what it looks like and a few rumors that have been circulating in regard to its performance. It obviously takes cues from the 911.2-gen update as well as some styling from the GT3 RS. Arguably the best 911 ever built, the GT2 RS is currently sitting at Porsche’s stand with a cover draped over as shown in an Instagram post by race car driver, Leg Keen. Of course, we already have a damn good idea of what the car looks like, but considering Porsche is being so tight-lipped about it, and pretending it didn’t really exist, there could be something fresh lurking under that cover we haven’t seen yet. In light of its upcoming debut, let’s talk a little more about what we can expect.
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2018 Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro
After years of struggle and maintaining a lineup consisting mainly of old designs, Aston Martin unveiled the Vulcan in 2015. Although it wasn’t the first limited-edition model to have a unique styling, the Vulcan was the first supercar to wear the British badge. It was powerful, fast, radically different from any other Aston Martin, and built in limited numbers. It was also a track-only vehicle, which made it even more exotic. Two years later and the Vulcan returns, this time with an AMR Pro upgrade that makes it even more aerodynamic.
Launched in early 2017, AMR is the company’s new performance brand that basically brings the technology seen in Aston Martin Racing competition cars to customer vehicles. Essentially a body kit upgrade to the already potent Vulcan, the AMR Pro package makes the supercar more aerodynamic and quicker at the race track. At the same time, it moves Aston Martin closer to the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini, and McLaren, companies that have solid customer racing programs and highly customizable products thanks to bespoke high-performance divisions.
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Goodwood Hill Climb Record-Holder Wants To Etch His Name To A New Lap Record
Eighteen years after setting the hill climb course record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, former F1 driver and current Formula E driver Nick Heidfeld is returning to the scene of one of his greatest accomplishments. This time, the German racer is setting his sights on breaking the lap time record for an all-electric car. His weapon of choice? The Mahindra M4Electro Formula E race car.
The M4Electro will actually make its public debut at the event ahead of the fourth season of Formula E this coming December. What better way, then, for Heidfeld and his car to show off their wares than by besting the lap time record for an electric car at the Goodwood Hill Climb? As it stands, the Lola-Drayson prototype sports car still holds the record in this category after posting a lap time of 47.34 seconds back in 2013. A number of other electric cars have taken shots at the record since, but none of them have come close to breaking the Lola-Drayson’s lap time. Heidfeld hopes to be the one do it and should he be successful, he’d become the first driver to hold two lap time records at Goodwood. High stakes for somebody who has actually had very little preparation with his team’s new Formula E race car. The good news is we won’t have to wait too long to find out if Heidfeld can etch his name a second time in the annals of Goodwood lore. The Goodwood Festival of Speed kicks off tomorrow, June 29, and will run until Sunday, July 1.
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Alpine isn’t exactly a brand that too many people have heard of. This is party due to the fact that French cars aren’t exactly common in the U.S., but also because Alpine hasn’t built a road car in 20 years. But there have been some important developments with this Renault offshoot over the past few years. Renault has been racing LMP2 cars at Le Mans under the Alpine name for a few years now, and we’ve also seen road car concepts, most recently the 2015 Renault Alpine Celebration Concept, which is seen at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in this video.
The concept is inspired, not surprisingly, by the 1961-1973 Renault Alpine A110, Alpine’s most famous car and a highly successful rally car. The car enjoyed a long production run, from 1961 to 1977, reaching the height of its motorsports fame in the early ’70s, with 1973 being a particularly good year. The car was based on the Renault R8, a rather pedestrian rear-engine compact sedan. It started with the same engine as well, but by 1970, horsepower had more than doubled, from 66 to 138. It was given a curvaceous new body as well, and the cues of that body can be seen in the concept.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed came and went over the weekend, and making a strong showing at this year’s event was Rolls Royce, which made its presence known with several iterations of its most popular models. Included was the appearance of the new Wraith, which tackled the hill climb to set a new company record.
As the main attraction at the U.K.-based motoring celebration, the hill climb brings together a wide variety of vehicles, both new and old. The course is 1.16 miles long and features more than 300 feet of elevation change over an average gradient of 4.9 percent. The current official standing record is 41.6 seconds, as set in 1999 by Nick Heidfeld at the helm of a McLaren MP4/13 Formula 1 car.
The Wraith wasn’t quite as quick, netting a still impressive 57.21-second run and crossing the finish line at 106 mph. While nowhere near the overall record, the time was still good enough to best a variety of stout rivals in the Supercar Run, including a 2014 Porsche 918 Spyder “Weissach” (61.37 seconds), 2013 Maserati Grancabrio MC (60.66 seconds), 2016 Bentley Continental GT (60.65 seconds), and 2013 Maserati Granturismo MC Stradale (59.00 seconds).
Wheeling the Wraith was Joerg Weidinger, a professional driver from Germany with extensive experience in rally, touring cars, and of course, hill climbs. The 57.21-second time bested Rolls’ previous record set last year.
While fast, the Wraith was just sixth-fastest overall. Beating Rolls was a 2014 Bentley Continental GT3R (59.91 seconds), a 2016 Porsche Cayman GT4 (56.86 seconds), a 2016 Aston Martin Vantage GT12 (55.06 seconds), and a 2011 Lexus LF-A (52.11 seconds). Quickest to the top was a 2011 Noble M600 (51.33 seconds).
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