In the final of our three 2016 Festival of Speed galleries, we’ve covered the all-important action of cars tackling the hillclimb course. Don’t forget to check out our two previous galleries – the first covering the best bits from the race car paddocks, and the second made up of new road cars on show.
Road cars on the hill
Lord March takes a cruise up his drive in the Bugatti Chiron.
Turbocharged Ferrari 488 Spider – you don’t need to wear helmets on the road, honest.
Bespoke Ferrari 458 MM Speciale – looking a little bit Lotus Evora like here.
Yellow peril – Ferrari F12 TDF
Track-only Ferrari 599XX Evo
Low-flying Aston Martin Vulcan
Green Hell-inspired Mercedes-AMG GT R
Why the long… tail? McLaren 675LT
Shelby Mustang Super Snake winds up the hill
BMW M4 GTS with all the orange bits.
Alfa Romeo’s new Giulia Quadrifoligo
Chevrolet Corvette ZL1 can be had with a ten-speed auto’ gearbox
The original 1990 Honda NSX
A 911 “reimagined by Singer”
Crazy Ferrari FXX-K spins up the rears
Beauty of Goodwood is if you don’t catch something on the way up, you’ll see it again on the way back down. Like the 675LT, again.
Audi R8 V10 Plus from the Audi Driving Experience
Aston Martin V12 Vantage S Coupe.
Mental Lotus 3-Eleven
Burbling Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
Tesla Model X shows off those falcon rear doors.
Koenigsegg One:1 chased by Marc Gene in Ferrari F10
Ok, officially Thursday is the Moving Motor Show at the Festival of Speed. But, there are so many elaborate manufacturer stands there, that the entire weekend has become the de facto British motor show.
We featured part one – our highlights from the race car paddocks – yesterday. In this section we’ve also included the road cars featured in the Michelin Supercar Run, First Glance paddock, and the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ Concours display. It goes without saying that there was a lot of new metal on display!
Bespoke Aston Martin GT12 Roadster
Looking strong in orange – the new Aston Martin DB11
Aston Martin Vulcan channels Pontiac Trans Am with bonnet decals. Maybe
Staring into the abyss – the 7.0-litre naturally aspirated V12.
Beautiful attention to detail beneath the bonnet of the Vulcan
Pure race car inside, however.
More details abound at the rear of the Vulcan
Mercedes-AMG GT R. Hard car to photograph, not least because Mercedes put it in a cage…
That, and the constant crowds it drew. Unsurprising really.
Entry-level in the McLaren world means the 570S
One fast hatchback – 570GT features opening glass rear window for luggage and stuff.
Bonus double-F1 World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi content!
Think a modern Rolls-Royce Phantom is huge? So is the pre-war Phantom III.
1969 Lamborghini Espada 400 GT, owned by Harry Metcalfe – founder of Evo magazine.
More Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ Lambo action with the 1975 Jarama S.
One of only twelve Lamborghini Silhouette models made in RHD.
Legendary 1975 Countach Periscopo.
Original pure lines of Marcello Gandini’s design are, arguably, the best.
Later models gained wings and flared wheel arches – a symbol of 1980’s automotive excess.
‘Periscopo’ name came from rear-view mirror that looked out periscope-style through hole in the roof.
Scissor doors = classic Lamborghini.
From bedroom wall poster to reality – 1990 Diablo.
Lexus LFA never ceases to amaze.
We’ve seen this LFA at Goodwood before. Doesn’t get boring.
All-new LC 500 Coupe has a front grille that doubles as a cheese grater.
Very new, and very orange, 2017 Nissan GT-R.
R34 Skyline GT-R in epic Nür specification.
TV’s Kevin McCloud checking out the Tesla chassis.
Some guy called Kenneth Block drives this, apparently.
Modified ex-police interceptor Ford Crown Victoria – cool AF
Lowered on air-bags, exterior looks remarkably stealthy.
Trunk holds subwoofer and carbon fibre air tanks. No shotguns in here.
Despite weather that threatened to make Goodwood seem more like Glastonbury at times, the 2016 Festival of Speed proved to be as impressive as ever. ESM was there, for two days this time, getting up close and personal with as much of the machinery as possible. We could write 1,000s of words but, instead, we’ll give you the pictures first. Trying to pick which photos to feature isn’t easy given the ridiculous selection of race and road cars on offer at the Festival of Speed. To try and keep things simple, we’ve broken it down into three galleries: the highlights from the paddock, what the manufacturers brought to the motor show, and cars in action tackling the hill climb. In this first gallery we’ve covered our favourites from the various paddocks at Goodwood, where it’s possible to be inches away from priceless racers and motorsport icons. We’ve also included what we found after the (long) trek to the rally stage at the top of the hill, and a special feature on BMW.
2016 Festival of Speed – Main Paddock
World Rally Champion for the past three seasons, and still looking unstoppable.
VW Polo WRC’s latest livery does look good.
Drift racers at rest
Distinctive wedge-shape of the Lancia Stratos
What’s the plural of Stratos? This one won the 1976 European Rallycross Championship
Lancia Delta bodywork, on top of a spaceframe chassis and a 900hp Toyota Supra engine?!
Fastest car up the hill – Olly Clark’s 780hp ‘Gobstopper II’ Subaru Impreza
Jason Plato’s 2016 Subaru Levorg BTCC car.
Fresh from setting a record-breaking lap on the Isle of Man TT course.
Genuinely good to see Subaru properly back in motorsport.
Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 – proving big power and huge wings aren’t a new thing
Audi V8 quattro DTM racer took titles in 1990 and ’91.
If only there was a road-going Audi S1 rallycross machine with 560hp…
629lb-ft of torque – in 1936!
Not so streamlined with the bodywork removed.
It’s for sale. We wondering if they’ll do PCP on a 20-year old DTM car
Gullwing doors will always be cool.
New Mercedes-AMG GT3 racer looks monstrous.
Fresh from another Le Mans win – Porsche 919 Hybrid
Static display only for the 1996 Porsche 911 GT1. Looks more road car-influenced than later GT1s.
Something quite weird about an epic racer left largely ignored in the paddock.
Two-time IMSA winning Nissan NPT-90. So much wing.
Supercharged BRM V16 made 600hp from 1.5 litres. Not reliable, however.
Long nose? Bit rude. Good enough for 6th place at Le Mans in 1956.
Never used in anger – 1966 Jaguar XJ13
Ford was celebrating the 50th anniversary of winning Le Mans in 1966.
This MkII GT40 used a 7.0-litre engine, like the Le Mans winner.
Lengthened MkIII GT40 was built for road use.
Achingly-gorgeous Ferrari Dino 166P/206P from 1965
Ferrari tried to crack the Indy 500 in 1952 but this 375 ‘Piston Ring Special’ failed to qualify.
Honda RA300 F1 car had a 400hp V12 and 48 valves – in 1967!
A multitude of turbocharged Renault F1 cars.
A very special Lotus-Renault 97T. The car driven by Ayrton Senna to his first ever F1 win in 1985.
Property of Billy Gibson from ZZ Top – Whiskeyrunner hot rod.
Wheels of a King – The King – Richard Petty, in fact. 1972 Dodge Charger driven by him to victory that season.
NASCAR seems to grow in popularity every year at Goodwood.
Still using those pushrods…
Oh dear. Ash Sutton makes a mess of the MG6 BTCC racer on Sunday morning.
New Ford F-150 Raptor, driven by “that guy who used to the Stig” Ben Collins.
BMW Paddock Highlights
BMW was the featured marque at the Festival of Speed, so the brand accounted for a lot of the cars on display. Including one particular car that’s very dear to ESM’s heart. (more…)
After parts one and two of our 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed gallery bonanza, comes this final one.
It sometimes seems hard to believe that car manufacturers have for a number of years expressed no real interest in a real British motor show, yet are willing to have huge stands like the ones seen at Goodwood. With the Moving Motor Show especially, the Festival of Speed is now the UK’s de facto motoring extravaganza. These pics are what we found when wandering amongst those giant stands:
Audi TT Cup racer basks in the morning sun
An ESM favourite – the cheeky Audi S1
Audi represented virtually every car in the range, including the S8
RS 7 also made an appearance
Audi RS 3 seen on blog in rare unprompted content
R8 V10 Plus in the metal. Nardo Grey looks great.
With orange bits you could almost think this was made especially for ESM.
Whilst the Festival of Speed has grown to become the de facto British motor show, it’s still all about the epic racing cars that tackle the hill climb course. Our second 2015 gallery features some of the exotic and expensive machinery found in the paddock.
A whole class was dedicated to the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR this year. An awful lot of money under one tent.
Driven by legends such as Sir Stirling Moss and Juan Fangio, it’s easy to see why the 300 SLR is such a big deal.
One of only two 300 SLR ‘Uhlenhaut Coupe’ models ever built. Top speed of almost 177mph in 1955!
All the best cars have tartan seats
World-beating 1954 W196 Formula 1 car was the basis for the 300 SLR
Gorgeous Mercedes W196 Streamliner added curvy bodywork for high speed circuits.
ESM has been to the Goodwood Festival of Speed before – the last time back in 2012 – but this year was a little different.
It started with a letter from the Earl of March inviting ESM to the Festival of Speed as a fully fledged member of the media. It ended with driving almost 700 miles in 30 hours in order to spend just one day there but, when the Earl of March invites you, it’d be rude not to make an appearance.
In Festival of Speed tradition, we’ve broken the galleries down into batches. This first one covers the cars of the Moving Motor Show, while the second and third will include the iconic racers and findings from around the festival respectively. The Moving Motor Show has become a big part of the Festival of Speed, giving the public the change to pilot a wide range of cars up the famous hill climb course. So from the meagre, to the mighty, all the below could be driven.
RAC Rally themed GT86 was also there
The Esso GT86, again.
Peugeot brought along a rather tidy 309 GTI Goodwood. Not to drive, sadly.
New Mazda MX-5 hasn’t even hit the showrooms, but there’s already a racer.
We like the Toyota GT86. We also like retro-racer inspired liveries. So a bundle of six GT86s finished in classic Toyota racing colour schemes sounds like a pretty good deal to us!
Celebrating some 50 years of Toyota motorsport heritage, the six models have been vinyl-wrapped, lowered by 40mm, had stainless steel exhausts fitted and Rota alloy wheels bolted on. They look pretty damn awesome, and it took us a while to pick a favourite. Naturally, for ESM, it was the orange Esso liveried one but the red and yellow striped #98 is a close second.
The cars will be on show at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Moving Motor Show on Thursday 25th June, where members of the public will be able to drive them. Up the hill climb course. At Goodwood. Yeah, we know! So pick your own personal winner, and get yourself along to Goodwood later this month. Although you might have to try to drag ESM from the Esso sponsored car; you have been warned.
Check out that stance!
Certainly not Ove-rrated
Blue sky thinking.
Yellow and green don’t always mean Lotus. Fact.
One of the most iconic liveries ever?
In case you’re wondering just where the inspiration from the above came from, take a look below: (more…)
EngageSportMode wasn’t at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, instead spending last weekend at Croft Circuit for the British Touring Car Championship. But that doesn’t mean we can’t bring you photo highlights from Goodwood. We promise there’s no flamboyant trousers or Red Arrows content contained within.
Drawing in over 200,000 spectators across the four days, this year’s Festival of Speed turned out to be a record breaker. Whether it was Jann Mardenborough setting a winning supercar time in a Nissan GT-R, Sir Chris Hoy making a complete mess of a Nissan GT-R or Sebastien Loeb demonstrating he hasn’t lost any talent on the rally stage, there was action everywhere. As anyone who has been to Goodwood will attest, it’s impossible to see and cover everything. But with the help of the great people at Newspress, we’ve brought you the photo highlights we’ve seen from the weekend. Here’s some of the old and new iconic racers which took to the hill:
Low down Alfa Romeo Tipo 33/3
Aston Martin’s N24 Nurburgring Vantage
Brutally purposeful Audi Sport Quattro
1990’s Super Tourer Audi A4 quattro
Fresh from Le Mans victory, Audi R18 e-tron quattro
At last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Jaguar showed off a lightweight concept version of the F-Type Roadster. Public response was so good that they’ve decided to build it as a limited edition to showcase JLR’s new Special Operations team. Enter the fastest and most powerful production Jaguar.
The overarching aim of the car is to show off that the recently formed Special Operations team is not just about sticking extra bits to regular Jaguars, but is about thoroughly re-engineering them. Project 7 showcases just that, with a fully road-legal roadster that adds power, reduces weight and gains retro touches over the regular F-Type.
Most prominent is, of course, the aerodynamic fairing mounted on the rear boot deck which replicates the shape of the Jaguar D-Type racer. Project 7 celebrates the three Le Mans wins taken by the D-Type, whilst encapsulating the seven total overall wins the marque has had at the 24 hour race. If you’re wondering why the car wasn’t launched at Le Mans this year, it’s probably to do with the fact Jaguar wasn’t competing… (more…)
You know it, we love the Ford Focus ST here at EngageSportMode. So much so that we awarded the ST Mountune Estate the prestigious ESM ‘best car driven in 2013‘ prize earlier this year. So news of a new one has got us understandably excited.
Excited, and in suspense, as so far Ford is keeping tight-lipped about the revised Focus ST. Obviously, the enhancements and changes from the recently facelifted regular Focus should all be present, but that’s about all we know so far. Oh, other than the fact there’s going to be a diesel ST for the first time!
With over 140,000 Focus ST models sold worldwide, it’s pretty big deal for Ford, especially on the back of the success of the mighty Fiesta ST. So expectations are high, and if you’re at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on Friday you’ll get the chance to see the new car in the flesh. Based on the teasing video Ford has released, it sounds pretty naughty:
Most important thing from that video? The fact Tangerine Scream paintwork is still there. Excellent! There’ll also be the chance to see the new Mustang for the first time at Goodwood, along with a real vs. digital challenge on Ford’s special Gran Turismo 6 simulators.
We’ll bring you all the news on the revised Focus ST as we get it, along with updates from Goodwood.