Archive for the ‘Goodwood Festival of Speed’ Category

PostHeaderIcon Jaguar F-Type Shows Off at Goodwood, Gets in Trouble Because Of It

The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed had no shortage of memorable moments. On its own, the hill climb event was one of the hottest tickets over the weekend, and at least one vehicle made sure everyone got their money’s worth. For the record, the Jaguar F-Type is a great sports car. It boasts an angry 5.0-liter supercharged V-8 engine that’s lively and relatively fuel-efficient at the same time. It handles like a charm, and it’s poised and responsive on the road. The F-Type is the type of performance model that has few, if any, weaknesses. Unfortunately, one of those weaknesses is getting driven around a course…on two wheels. No sports car should be subjected to such inane gimmickry, and yet, there it was, a Jaguar F-Type, getting driven around the Goodwood hill climb on two wheels. It didn’t take long for something to go wrong, but, hey, at least the F-Type finished the hill climb, even if it was coughing and wheezing in the end.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang EV by Charge Cars

Electrifying older cars is an area with huge potential because the vehicles that result from such conversions have classic style and modern performance, all with zero tailpipe emissions. That’s why projects like this 1967 Ford Mustang that’s been modified by Charge Cars in the UK is so intriguing because it not only (still) looks the part, but it’s also blisteringly fast and packed with cool tech too.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Mustang EV by Charge Cars

Electrifying older cars is an area with huge potential because the vehicles that result from such conversions have classic style and modern performance, all with zero tailpipe emissions. That’s why projects like this 1967 Ford Mustang that’s been modified by Charge Cars in the UK is so intriguing because it not only (still) looks the part, but it’s also blisteringly fast and packed with cool tech too.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Porsche 911 RSR Says “Screw Your Turbo” – There’s No Replacement for Displacement

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The Porsche 911 RSR, the company’s iconic race car for FIA endurance duty, was redesigned for 2019 and introduced at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Improved in all key areas, the new 911 RSR replaces the previous RSR that scored more than 20 class wins in the FIA World Endurance Championship and other long-distance series in North America and Europe.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Porsche 911 RSR Says “Screw Your Turbo” – There’s No Replacement for Displacement

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The Porsche 911 RSR, the company’s iconic race car for FIA endurance duty, was redesigned for 2019 and introduced at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Improved in all key areas, the new 911 RSR replaces the previous RSR that scored more than 20 class wins in the FIA World Endurance Championship and other long-distance series in North America and Europe.

PostHeaderIcon The Volkswagen I.D. R Is The Fastest Car Ever Around The Goodwood Hillclimb Course

Volkswagen continues to impress us with its I.D. R race car, the moving technology lab of the giant from Wolfsburg, one that’s been created to break records and, in the process, prove to the world that Volkswagen’s EVs will knock everybody out of the park. Last weekend, during the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed Romain Dumas driving a revised version of the I.D. R did just that, making every other car that has ever run on Lord March’s Hillclimb course seem pedestrian as he smashed the all-time record set 20 years ago in a full-blown Formula 1 car.

There are still many that will never bring themselves to even accept electric cars as the way forward, let alone try and like them. While this is true, it’s also true that cars like Volkswagen’s I.D. R are surely turning heads among even the most hardcore fans of the old-school internal combustion engine. This car has, in the space of little over 12 months, smashed the all-time record at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb and then did the same around the Nurburgring-Nordschleife with a time fast enough to make it the second fastest car around that track ever. That it also broke the EV record at Goodwood last year seems almost moot given what Dumas did this year with the car.

PostHeaderIcon The Volkswagen I.D. R Is The Fastest Car Ever Around The Goodwood Hillclimb Course

Volkswagen continues to impress us with its I.D. R race car, the moving technology lab of the giant from Wolfsburg, one that’s been created to break records and, in the process, prove to the world that Volkswagen’s EVs will knock everybody out of the park. Last weekend, during the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed Romain Dumas driving a revised version of the I.D. R did just that, making every other car that has ever run on Lord March’s Hillclimb course seem pedestrian as he smashed the all-time record set 20 years ago in a full-blown Formula 1 car.

There are still many that will never bring themselves to even accept electric cars as the way forward, let alone try and like them. While this is true, it’s also true that cars like Volkswagen’s I.D. R are surely turning heads among even the most hardcore fans of the old-school internal combustion engine. This car has, in the space of little over 12 months, smashed the all-time record at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb and then did the same around the Nurburgring-Nordschleife with a time fast enough to make it the second fastest car around that track ever. That it also broke the EV record at Goodwood last year seems almost moot given what Dumas did this year with the car.

PostHeaderIcon The Limited-Edition Megane R.S. Trophy-R is the King of Pure Hatchbacks and Compact Performance

The Renault Megane has a rich history and purists love this car for its performance-oriented drivetrain and that it can be chucked around corners with ease. The latest iteration is the Megane R.S. Trophy-R. This little pocket-rocket recently added a badge to its accolades by becoming the fastest ever front-wheel-drive production car to have lapped the Mecca of circuits – the Nurburgring – in 7 minutes and 40.1 seconds. For your information, this is a limited-edition car and only 500 of the same will be produced. Need we say anything more?

PostHeaderIcon 2020 Ford GT Mk II Quirks and Facts

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Revealed as a sort of a swan song for the latest generation of the Ford GT family, the newest Ford GT Mk II track edition is the most extreme representation of the ethos created out of sheer necessity for speed. Revealed at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb where it won the Supercar Shootout class by running up the hill in 52.04 seconds, the Ford GT Mk II brings several specific track virtues unknown to its road-going brother.

This Ford GT does not adhere to any rule; it does not look to compete with any established competitors, but it will be faster than any of them. Developed in conjunction with Ford’s race partner Multimatic, the Ford GT Mk II Track Edition is probably the most extreme evolution of this very car we will ever see. This is what you need to know about it.

PostHeaderIcon The 2020 Audi R8 LMS GT2 Is the R8 We Deserve For the Road But Can’t Have

The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed was the stage for many impressive firsts and among them has been the worldwide debut of Audi Sport Customer Racing’s latest product, the ludicrous Audi R8 LMS GT2. With 640 horsepower, it’s faster than its GT3 and GT4 brethren but, somehow, it slots in between the two. Audi Sport says it’s the most potent car to come out of the Customer Racing program, and you’ll be able to see it on track next year as Stephane Ratel Organization (SRO) will allow the GT2 class to compete in series like the GT Sports Club in Europe and the GT World Challenge America across the Atlantic.

Racing has a tendency to become more and more expensive as time goes on. The pattern is as follows: a sanctioning body or a championship organizer proposes a new ruleset for a new category that’s supposed to replace an older, prohibitively expensive one. Everyone involved is happy, the new class is launched, it becomes popular, and as it starts to gain momentum, the cars evolve pushed by factory involvement and, in a matter of years, they become too expensive, and we’re back to square one. This is, broadly, what happened with the (still) highly popular GT3 formula that turned, from one category catering for amateur drivers, to one that comprises the bulk of today’s leading sports car and luxury car manufacturers, many of them pouring serious amounts of money in developing race cars able to win on the world stage. Let’s see how GT2 plans to fix this issue. In a way…

PostHeaderIcon New ExtremeE E-SUV Rocks the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed has been the event of new launches and a prerogative for niche vehicles. First we saw De Tomaso come out with the gorgeous P72, and now, we have the Extreme E electric SUV, the ODYSSEY 21. The ODYSSEY 21 has been built by Spark Racing Technology. The founder of the Formula E Series, Alejandro Agag and chairman Gil de Ferran launched the SUV at the event. The SUV will lead the charge in the new all-terrain motorsport series called Extreme E.

PostHeaderIcon BAC Drops the Mono Hammer at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

It’s been a while since we last heard from Briggs Automotive Company, or as it’s more popularly known in automotive circles, BAC. Eight years after launching the mental Mono road-legal sports car, BAC has kept a relatively low profile. Well, there’s no better time than the present to step out of the shadows and return to the auto scene with a bang. That’s exactly what BAC did with the unveiling of the long-awaited, somewhat already forgotten follow-up to the Mono. It’s called the BAC Mono R, and it’s here to take your soul. The Mono R is lighter, faster, and more potent than the Mono, which is pretty much all you need to know about the car before you dive deep into how it was created. It’s also limited to just 30 units, and worse, all 30 units are already accounted for. Even before we get to know the BAC Mono R, we’re effectively shut out of a chance to see it. Such is life, I suppose. The good news is that if you’re at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, you have an opportunity to check out the BAC Mono R. As for the rest of us? These photos are all that we’re going to get of BAC’s newest four-wheeled ride of insanity.

PostHeaderIcon AMG Is Rewriting Rules Of Compact Cars With the Unbelievably Powerful 2020 AMG CLA 45 & A45

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Created in the Affalterbach pleasure house of AMG, the new 2020 Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 and the 2020 Mercedes-AMG A45 have become the most potent automobiles powered by four-cylinder engines. With a “one man – one engine” philosophy, each Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 and A45 come with a hand-made “M139” 2.0-liter engine capable of delivering 382 horsepower or 416 horsepower (in its S version). Furthermore, both cars feature an eight-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission and a clever 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system.

As far as performance goes, I can tell you that the two cars that stormed up the Goodwood Hill yesterday can achieve 62 mph in 3.9 seconds (A 45 S), 4.0 seconds (CLA 45 S and A 45), and 4.1 seconds (CLA 45). Furthermore, if you pay for the AMG Driver’s Package, you can unlock the maximum speed of 168 mph (instead of a standard 155 mph).

PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Celebrates its Roots with The Vantage Heritage Racing Edition

Aston Martin is rolling out the goods at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed with a new special edition model called the Vantage Heritage Racing Edition. Limited to just 60 units, the Vantage Heritage Racing Edition is a creation of the automaker’s bespoke Q division, honoring Aston Martin’s rich and storied motorsports history. The Vantage Heritage Racing Edition is available with six different liveries that celebrate six of Aston Martin’s most iconic and important race cars, including the mighty DBR9 that conquered the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2007 and 2008 while sporting the iconic “Gulf” livery. Aston Martin hasn’t released details on pricing and availability, though, to be honest, it’s hard to imagine any of the 60 Vantage Heritage Racing Edition models to go unsold once they become available.

PostHeaderIcon New Singer Porsche, A Ludicrously Expensive EV Mustang, and The First Pagani Ever Will All Be Displayed at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed

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.

PostHeaderIcon The 2020 De Tomaso P72 Represents Brand Revival Done Right

At a time when big-mouth designs are taking over the world, De Tomaso has blessed us with perhaps the most beautiful-looking car to have graced the Earth in decades. De Tomaso may not have had the most ideal run, but it is fondly remembered by enthusiasts. The Italian automaker has used the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed as a stepping stone to revive the iconic nameplate and remind you that it has turned 60 this year! DeTomaso did release a few teasers and videos before the launch of its upcoming supercar, but I must admit, this is much better than what I expected. Ladies and Gentlemen, may I present to you, the gorgeous P72!

PostHeaderIcon Ford’s Goodwood surprise is the MK II GT track monster

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Having spawned a successor race car, the Ford GT has been transformed into a track-only customer car. Called the Ford GT Mk II, it broke cover at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed and takes the American supercar to the next level by providing a program similar to those offered by Ferrari and McLaren.

PostHeaderIcon Will Aston Martin Live Up to Its Legacy at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed?

Last year we saw something amazing at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb – a V-8-powered Aston Martin Cygnet (rebadged Toyota iQ). Aside from that astonishing piece of engineering, Aston Martin gave us a look at the Vulcan AMR Pro – basically the most hardcore racing Vulcan there is. So, Aston Martin answered the question of its legacy in the best way possible. This year, however, Aston Martin will do something completely different – show us its first SUV. Dubbed the DBX, the pre-production Aston SUV will roam up that Goodwood hill precisely 70 years after the company appeared at the Goodwood racetrack for the first time.

This is the list of cars Aston Martin will show at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. I think Aston will live up to its legacy despite the DBX SUV thing.

PostHeaderIcon Wheeled Robots Will Race Up The Hill at Goodwood, But They Are Not Transformers

After successfully running the Robocar up the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s hill climb last year, Roborace is returning to the scene of one of its greatest public triumphs, and it’s bringing along a new developmental prototype with it. The Roborace DevBot 2.0 isn’t an entirely different model than the Robocar; it’s more of a second-generation evolution of the model that tackled the run up Lord March’s driveway a year ago. The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed starts tomorrow, July 4, and will run until Sunday, July 7. In the event you see a futuristic, LMP1-inspired race car partaking in the festivities, be sure to give it a shout out. That’s Roborace’s DevBot 2.0.

PostHeaderIcon The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed Will Host AirSpeeder – A Futuristic Airborne Motorsport You Didn’t Realize You Needed

For decades, we’ve been promised that the roads and highways of the world will become obsolete and that four-wheeled transport will follow suit as flying contraptions replace personal cars, buses, trucks, and the rest of the motorized repertoire. We’ve seen them in science-fiction movies and many wannabe visionaries tried to create flying cars that could also be usable on the road. Most of these attempts have failed for one reason or another but now there’s something new and it’s coming to Goodwood FoS: AirSpeeder, a new form of motorsport that proposes an unlikely recipe for success and reminds us of Podracing.

“Let’s take the monocoque of a ’60s Formula 1 car and attach to it four oversized drone propellers. Then let’s get people to jump on board these devil-may-care creations and let them race around a pre-defined track”, said no one ever. Right? Well, actually, wrong. Someone did think of all that and, what is more, made it a soon-to-materialize reality in the form of AirSpeeder. These flying machines that can reach speeds in excess of 124 mph can accelerate faster than many brisk road cars and are touted as a form of motorsport that will carry us into the future. We’ve seen purpose-built racing drones surpassing 100 mph in flight before but the AirSpeeders are something else and a manned version (most tests conducted thus far featured remote-controlled versions) will be part of an exhibition at the Goodwood FoS this weekend.

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