The revamped Goodwood Festival of Speed is open for business, with a host of new attractions and a new theme
The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed is on. This year’s theme is “Speed Kings – Motorsport’s Record Breakers” and celebrates all areas of outstanding achievement in racing, taking-in everything from land speed record cars to the fastest racetrack monsters.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 event marks 20 years since Nick Heidfeld claimed the outright hillclimb record at the wheel of the McLaren MP4/13, covering the 1.16-mile course in 41.6 seconds. His record, however, has now been beaten this year by Volkswagen’s all-electric I.D. R Pikes Peak racer with a time of 39.9s
• Nurburgring lap record holders
As usual, the 2019 Festival of Speed runs through until Sunday (July 7), culminating in the famous Goodwood Hillclimb shootout. This year, however, the festival site itself has been revamped, with the highlight being a new ‘Arena’ area that will host a range of action-packed displays throughout today, Saturday and Sunday. Michelin’s Supercar Paddock will also return, but will be relocated from the Cathedral Paddock to the hillclimb start-line to make room for the Arena.
Goodwood’s recently-added Future Lab has also returned for 2019. This, together with the First Glance Paddock, shows off the most innovative technologies from the worlds of aerospace, robotics and autonomous transport, along with the latest offerings from the world’s automotive manufacturers.
We’ve already seen a number of new cars revealed at the Goodwood FoS with the Mercedes-AMG A 45 mega hatch, the Radical Rapture and the BAC Mono R going on show for the first time. Beyond that there are all kinds of UK production car debuts going up the hill alongsite the glittering array of iconic race cars.
Many of the major car manufacturers are also be in attendance with stands showcasing their latest models. It’s a particularly big year for Bentley, Citroen, MINI and Pagani who are celebrating their 100th, 100th, 60th and 20th anniversaries respectively with special displays while Aston Martin is the subject of the main Goodwood sculpture. If you’re lucky enough to have tickets, there’ll be a whole lot to see.
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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019: A–Z of manufacturers
Plenty of cars are making their debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, with many taking to the hill climb for the crowd’s enjoyment. Here’s a rundown of what you can expect from this year’s event:
Alfa Romeo is displaying a suite of cars to this year’s festival, with the brand’s recently revealed compact SUV, the Tonale, acting as the headliner. It’s joined by the firm’s special-edition Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio Racing editions, as well as the standard Giulia Quadrifoglio and the Stelvio Quadrifoglio. The latter two models will both set times up Goodwood’s hillclimb.
Goodwood’s central feature always follows a particular theme, and this year Aston Martin is the subject: there’s a collection of the brand’s finest models – old and new – on show. Back on solid ground, the recently launched DBS Superleggera Volante is present. It’s fitted with a 715bhp twin-turbocharged V12, producing 715bhp and 900Nm of torque. As such, it’s the fastest convertible in the British brand’s history, with a top speed of 211mph and a 0–62mph time of 3.6 seconds.
• BAC Mono R
BAC has upgraded its Mono single seater track car and the resulting Mono R is making its first appearance at Goodwood. With 340bhp and a 555kg kerb weight, it’s going to be fast.
Bentley is showing off the new Flying Spur at this year’s Festival of Speed. It stars as a static display together with 30 iconic Bentleys, assembled to celebrate the brand’s 100th year in business. When it reaches the UK market this autumn, it promises to be the most tech-laden Flying Spur yet, lifting its infotainment system and rear-wheel steering setup from the latest Continental GT.
BMW’s recently released M8 Competition has made its UK debut at Goodwood this year. The German firm also has several of its cars running up the hill, from both its contemporary and heritage fleets. Highlights include a BMW M3 E30, a BMW X4 M Competition and the BMW V12 LMR, which celebrated an overall victory at Le Mans in 1999. Finally, festival goers can visit ‘BMW Boulevard’ and ‘BMW M Town;’ a pair of static displays which respectively showcase the firm’s luxury and performance models.
Like Bentley, Citroen is also celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, Citroen’s celebratory 19_19 Concept and Ami One Concept have made their UK debut, featuring on the firm’s stand alongside the new C5 Aircross and a classic 2CV. Citroen Racing is also attending the event, with the C3 WRC participating in a variety of events across the weekend.
• De Tomaso P72 GT
Under new ownership and gearing up to launch a series of new models, De Tomaso is celebrating its 60th anniversary at Goodwood with a limited edition P72 GT hypercar. The striking V12 machine harks back to the De Tomaso P70 and is a sign of what’s to come in the future from the marque.
Ferrari is showing three one-off models to the Festival of Speed. A pair of V12 specials; the 812 Superfast-based SP2 speedster and the F12 TDF-derived SP3JC roadster, has joined the P80/C: a track-only special which shares much with the brand’s 488 GT3 racer. Beyond the unique, multi-million pound creations, Ferrari also has examples of the 488 Pista, 812 Superfast, FXX K Evo, the GTC4Lusso and the Portofino.
• Ford GT MkII
The Ford GT is getting even more hardcore, and the new ‘mk2’ model is making its debut on the lawn of the Duke of Richmond’s gardens. It gains a roof scoop and a huge rear wind, aping the GTE race car which won its class at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans. Also on the Ford stand is the new Ford Focus ST, Ford Puma SUV and the Shelby GT500.
The main buzz on Honda’s stand has centred around its new all-electric city vehicle. The Honda e will offer a WLTP range of 125 miles, and through a CCS charger can replenish 80 percent of its charge in just 30 minutes. But arguably more important than any of that is the way it looks: the e could be the first small electric car that’s truly desirable.
Lotus has brought its recently announced Evora GT4 Concept to this year’s Festival of Speed, as well as a range of its historical, record-breaking race cars. The most famous Lotus on display is the Type 25 F1 racer which, in 1965 at the hands of Jim Clark, set the Goodwood circuit lap record with a time of 1:20.4 minutes. The record remains unbeaten to this day following a change in the track’s configuration.
• Mercedes-AMG A 45
• Mercedes-AMG CLA 45
Mercedes has used the Festival of Speed to publicly reveal the new Mercedes-AMG A 45 and CLA 45. With a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol, the new A 45 S can hit 168mph making it one of the fastest and most powerful hot hatches around.
Morgan’s recently released Plus Six sports car has made its way up Goodwood’s hillclimb. Underpinned by the firm’s latest bonded aluminium CX architecture, it features a new suspension set-up, a redesigned cabin and a new twin-turbocharged 335bhp 3.0-litre straight-six engine, courtesy of BMW.
2019 is a big year for MINI, as it marks the 60th anniversary since the first example of Issigonis-designed motoring icon rolled off the production line. Among the likely celebrations is the UK debut of the latest John Cooper Works GP: revealed at the 2019 Nurburgring 24 Hour race, the extreme hot hatch that managed to lap The Green Hell in eight minutes, 23 seconds.
It’s Pagani’s 20th anniversary this year so, to celebrate, the Italian supercar manufacturer will bring a fleet of 30 Zondas and Huyaras to Goodwood, valued at more than £100 million. Highlights include the 2005 Zonda F, the 2010 Zonda Tricolore, the Huyara Roadster and a display of the first Zonda ever built; a 1999 C25. Pagani will also run a recently-restored Zonda R up Goodwood’s hill climb twice each day.
Porsche will use the Festival of Speed to launch a new motorsport challenger. The next generation of its 911 GTE racer will be on display, featuring aerodynamic updates that include an enlarged rear diffuser made possible by new side-exit exhausts. Beyond its motorsport links, expect to see all of the brand’s latest road car hits, too.
Volvo’s electric performance car offshoot, will give Goodwood fans a UK debut to savour. The Polestar 2 made its debut at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, and will be available to view at the Polestar Pavillion. Out on the hill, the Polestar 1 will take part in the Michelin Supercar Run.
• Radical Rapture
British track car manufacturer Radical has unveiled its new roadgoing Rapture sports car at Goodwood. Following its public unveiling, the Rapture will be sent up the Festival’s famed hillclimb course. Little has been revealed about the new car’s design or performance, but Radical claims it will incorporate the firm’s latest powertrain, electronics and aerodynamic technology, offering an “unapologetic attack on the senses”.
No prizes for guessing Toyota’s focus at Goodwood this year, the new Supra takes centre stage and Toyota Gazoo Racing has even wheeled out a never-seen-before version. The Toyota GR Supra GT4 is a race-ready Supra that can be bought and raced by teams around the world. Toyota’s Le Mans winning Toyota TS050 Hybrid is at the show too.
• VW ID. 3
Volkswagen has taken the overall Goodwood hillclimb record with its I.D.R this year, ultimately beating Nick Heidfeld’s McLaren run from 1999 almost out of sight. Following on from smashing the electric car lap record at the Nurburgring Nordschleife earlier this year, the I.D. R, driven by former Le Mans winner Romain Dumas, managed a 39.9s time. Also, the all-electric ID.3 hatchback has made its Goodwood debut this year, although still wearing its blue and pink camouflage.
Motorsport stars of the show
Motorsport legends past and present will be in attendance this year. At least four current Formula 1 drivers taking a trip up the hill: Daniel Ricciardo, Lando Norris, Carlos Sainz Jr. and Alex Albon will all feature. From elsewhere in the world of four-wheel racing, the likes of ex-WRC and WRX champion Petter Solberg, three-time Indy 500 winner Dario Franchitti and NASCAR legend Richard Petty will all be at the show.
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