At this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed in southern England (from 4th to 7th of July), Audi Tradition will be on the starting line with three historically important cars. The Ingolstadt-based company will be sending the Audi Rallye quattro A2, the Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO and the Audi 200 quattro TransAm to the Mecca of historic motorsport. The Audi Motorsport icons will be driven by outstanding drivers from Audi's history. World rally champion Stig Blomqvist will drive the car with which he became world champion in 1984. Five-time Le Mans winner Frank Biela will be behind the wheel of the Audi 200 quattro TransAm, while three-time Le Mans winner Benoit Tréluyer will be giving it his all in the Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO.
Rally fans are really looking forward to seeing the 1984 Audi Rallye quattro A2. The car with the long wheelbase was a further development of the previous year's car with which Hannu Mikkola became world champion. Audi opened the 1984 season with a bang when the team with the four rings landed a triple victory at the Monte Carlo Rally. Walter Röhrl, who had just joined Audi Sport, triumphed in his first appearance – but the season was to be shaped by someone else. The Swede Stig Blomqvist already won the next world championship race in Sweden and finished the season as the world champion driver. Audi also became the brand world champion. At Goodwood, Blomqvist will drive the exact same car in which he started in Monte Carlo in 1984, where he finished in second place.
Frank Biela has won Audi's 24 Hours of Le Mans five times, Benoit Tréluyer three times. Both will be guests of Audi Tradition at Goodwood where they will get behind the wheel of two very special racing cars. Both are symbolic of Audi's beginnings in the USA. After the company withdrew from the rally scene, attention turned to circuit racing in North America. In 1988, the Ingolstadt-based manufacturer took an Audi 200 quattro to the starting line of the TransAm series and were unbeatable there. Right from the offset, Audi won in the brand classifications, while driver Hurley Haywood brought home the driver's championship. In the following year, Audi registered for the IMSA-GTO series with an Audi 90 quattro. Hans-Joachim Stuck was the star driver >there, reaching the top spot of the podium a total of seven times. Having missed the two opening races, it was not to be enough for Stuck or the brand to take home an overall victory. The Audi vehicles present at Goodwood will be complemented by a two-wheeler from times gone by: the re-built DKW UL 500 from 1937 will also be among the motorcycles taking part in the event.
Bentley Motors will continue the year-long celebrations of its centenary at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, through a programme of displays and dynamic cars that will bring 100 years of extraordinary history to life.
The centrepiece of Bentley’s presence will be the Centenary Concours, a 30-strong display of the most iconic models from the marque’s past and present which include one of the rarest and most valuable Bentleys in the world - the 4¼-litre 'Embiricos' Special – alongside Bentley’s recently unveiled and all-new Flying Spur. Other rare highlights include a Gurney Nutting Speed Six, a 1948 Pininfarina Mark VI, a Continental GT Zagato and W.O. Bentley’s own 8-Litre from 1930.
Meanwhile, the Cartier Style et Luxe Lawn will feature at least six R-Type Continentals as the centrepiece of this year’s Concours d'Elegance. Only 208 R-Type Continentals were built, and they now exist as one of the most desirable models from Bentley’s past. The three lines that define the R-Type Continental – the power line, rear haunch and sloping fastback roof – remain the inspiration behind the styling of today’s Continental GT.
The Goodwood Hillclimb will feature more Bentleys than ever before. Four cars that define the chapters of Bentley’s motorsport history will underpin the Bentley Racing Class – a selection of cars curated by Goodwood to tell the history of the marque in a dynamic way. Travelling from Crewe will be:
• EXP2 – the second experimental prototype built by W.O. Bentley and the oldest surviving Bentley in the world. EXP2 was the first Bentley to go racing, throughout 1921 and 1922, and will make its Goodwood dynamic debut this year.
• The 1929 Birkin Blower, one of four Team race cars built for Tim Birkin’s racing career and raced at Le Mans in 1930. “No.2” is one of the most campaigned and valuable Bentleys in the world, now insured for £25m. It will be driven up the Hillclimb by Katarina Kyvalova, the founder of the Bentley Belles – a group of talented female drivers that race historic Bentleys around the world.
• 2003 Speed 8 #7 – the very car that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003. The culmination of a three-year campaign, the Speed 8 scored an historic 1-2 finish to claim Bentley’s sixth Le Mans title and it’s first since 1930. Returning for driving duty will be Bentley Boy Guy Smith, who took the chequered flag.
• The 2018 Continental GT3 – the second generation of GT3 racer, now built from the current Continental GT road car. Racing around the world, the Continental GT3 visits the Festival fresh from winning the 1000km Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Race at Paul Ricard in the hands of Steven Kane, who will also take the wheel at Goodwood.
The racing Bentleys will be joined on the Hillclimb by four powerful Grand Tourers from the current model range. The Continental GT and new Continental GT Convertible will appear in the Supercar class, with the latter being piloted by rising British female racing driver Abbie Eaton. The very latest additions to Bentley’s range – the Bentayga Speed and all-new Flying Spur – will make their UK dynamic debuts as part of the First Glance class.
Ahead of this year’s Festival, and to highlight Bentley’s long-standing partnership with the event, Goodwood and Bentley have produced a joint film featuring some of Bentley’s most important cars from the last century being used across the Goodwood Estate. With a cameo from His Grace The Duke of Richmond and starring his personal butler, Monty, the film is a celebration of the first 100 extraordinary years of Bentley.
The BMW M8 Competition will be seen for first time in the UK at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. The new high-performance sports car, fitted with M Performance Accessories, will take to the hill along with another exciting offering from BMW - the BMW X4 M Competition – BMW M’s all-new Sports Activity Coupé. A trio of cars from BMW’s past will also steer their way up Goodwood’s famous 1.9km course to celebrate the theme for this year’s festival: ‘Speed Kings – Motorsport’s Record Breakers’.
Featuring the most powerful engine ever developed for a BMW M GmbH car, a high-revving V8 unit with M TwinPower Turbo technology developing 625hp, the BMW M8 Competition Coupé sprints from zero to 100km/h in 3.2 seconds and from zero to 200km/h in 10.6 seconds. Visitors to the festival will see the car roar up the hill in the ‘Supercar’ category whilst its BMW M sibling, BMW X4 M Competition, will be seen and heard in the ‘First Glance’ category. Powered by the latest M TwinPower Turbo technology, with its cylinder head core manufactured using 3D printing, the 3.0-litre in-line petrol engine generates 510hp and a peak torque of 600Nm – with a dual-branch exhaust system to help to deliver an intoxicating soundtrack.
Goodwood’s hill climb will witness runs from three famous cars from BMW Group Classic. The BMW V12 LMR with a 580hp 12-cylinder engine, that celebrated overall victory at the 1999 Le Mans, will be driven by one of the UK’s best ever international racing drivers – Steve Soper. Alongside the V12 will be the BMW M3 E30, the most successful touring car ever fielded by BMW Motorsport, and the BMW 328 Mille Miglia Touring Coupé. In 1940, this car took overall victory at the Mille Miglia in a then record time.
Festival goers will not only be able to see BMW models in action but also on display in the ‘BMW Boulevard’, a unique area at Goodwood the Stable Yard once again dedicated to BMW. It will showcase the latest expressions of luxury from the BMW brand including the new BMW M8 Competition Convertible, the BMW X7 M50i and BMW M850i Gran Coupé. The cars will also be presented on a curated runway, whilst visitors will be able to enjoy refreshments in the ‘Behind the Boulevard’ hospitality area.
Giving valuable insight into the new design language of the BMW Group will be Matthias Junghanns, Head of BMW i Interior Design, and responsible for the BMW iX, Vision iNext and Vision M Next design concepts. Junghanns, who managed the debut of the BMW X7 and other luxury models within the BMW Group, will be able to share his philosophy and design direction in a series of interviews at the ‘BMW Boulevard’ on Friday (10.00am, 2.00pm and 4.30pm) and Saturday (11.30am, 2.00pm and 3.30pm).
The home of the marque during the festival will be ‘BMW M Town’ – offering an unparalleled array of BMW product and experiences and epitomising the festival’s ‘Speed Kings – Motorsport’s Record Breakers’ theme. The stars of the stand will be the historic BMW M1, the exciting new BMW M135i , BMW M340i and BMW X3 M Competition – BMW M’s new midsize SUV – along with an out-of-this-world BMW M850i Night Sky.
Visitors to the stand will be able to experience the thrill of the BMW Motorrad Rolling Road and pre-invited guests can also relax in the exclusive trackside ‘VIP ROAR Club’. The latest BMW Motorsport collection will be available, along with a chance to see the new BMW M Bike and a BMW M2 Competition Taxi fitted with carbon accessories. Drivers and guest stars will make appearances throughout the festival, with live interviews and autograph sessions running every day - with a series of live performances that will bring ‘BMW M Town’ to life.
Lotus is following this year’s 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed theme ‘Speed Kings – Motorsport's Record Breakers’ with a celebration of some of the most successful, pioneering and record-setting cars ever made, and the drivers that steered them.
Goodwood is the perfect setting for Lotus to follow up on last year’s 70th anniversary celebrations with an even greater presence in 2019.
The Lotus stand will house the current Lotus range of Elise, Exige and Evora, plus the recently unveiled Lotus Evora GT4 Concept race car which will be campaigning in the global GT series in 2020.
Alongside the Evora GT4 Concept will be a very special Lotus Type 25 F1 car – the almost mythical 25/R6 – which is the actual car in which Jim Clark set the best ever time of 1 minute 20.4 seconds for a lap of the Goodwood circuit in 1965.
This lap time has never been and never will be bettered due to changes in the original configuration of the circuit, and Lotus is grateful to the Museum Tinguely for the loan of this unique race car.
Another Jim Clark record still standing is his eight “Grand Slams”: pole position, fastest lap, leading every lap and victory all in the same race, two of which he achieved in 25/R6 at the 1964 British GP and the 1965 French GP. Jim Clark is still way ahead of the next best three who are on five “Grand Slams” each.
There will be two Evora GT4 Concept race cars at Goodwood this year – both in identical colour schemes mimicking the Lotus Type 25 livery. One will be on the Lotus stand, while the other will be driven up the Goodwood Hill Climb course by Lotus’ Director of Vehicle Attributes, Gavan Kershaw, a former winner of the British GT Championships in a Lotus Evora.
Win a unique Lotus Evora
Lotus is a committed supporter of the Jim Clark Trust, the Scotland-based charity that celebrates the life of one of the greatest racing drivers of all time, and who first entered the world stage driving a Lotus.
Goodwood visitors have a chance to win a unique Jim Clark Lotus Evora special edition, a tribute to Jim’s 1960’s famous red and silver Elan, through a prize draw. This special Evora GT410 Sport is officially designated the 100,000th Lotus road car ever built.
With it comes a spare tailgate signed by all 20 F1 Drivers from the 2019 season. This shows the global support for this worthwhile charity, and Jim Clark’s legacy 51 years after his untimely death.
Each ticket costs £20/€20 (or SGD$34 accurate as of 28th July 2019) and the money raised goes towards supporting the Trust’s new museum in Duns, Scotland. The draw to win the Lotus Evora Jim Clark special edition will take place in mid-August 2019, so this is one of the last opportunities to win this unique and valuable car.
Phil Popham, CEO, Lotus Cars, said: “Lotus’ connection to Goodwood is long and strong, and this year, with the theme being Record Breakers, it is fitting that we remember the remarkable and unbeatable lap by Jim Clark, This heritage is our bloodline, but our focus is on the future and this will be reinforced by something new and extra special during the Festival.”
Up the Hill
Eight legendary Lotus cars prepared by Lotus Cars and Classic Team Lotus will head up the 2019 Goodwood Hill Climb at the Festival of Speed:
Lotus 18 – chassis 912
This famous Lotus Type 18 in Rob Walker Racing colours was driven by Stirling Moss to arguably his greatest victory at the Monaco Grand Prix in 1961. It’s a race where the temperature at the circuit was so high that the side panels of this particular car were removed to allow cooler air to circulate around the cockpit, helping Moss to a spectacular win. This Lotus 18/912 will be driven by Clive Chapman, the son of Lotus founder, Colin Chapman.
Lotus 38 – chassis R7
Following a painstaking restoration, this Lotus Type 38 was driven by Al Unser in 1966 and Jim Clark at the 1967 Indy 500 races. It is liveried in the striking ‘Dayglo-Rocket-Red’ STP colour scheme with white high-mounted exhausts. The car will be driven by owner Nick Fennell.
Lotus 49 – Chassis R10
Chassis R10 is the only F1 car to have won the Monaco GP twice - in 1968 and 1969, both times by Graham Hill. R10 will be high-wing 1968 specification and driven by the Graham’s son Damon, the 1997 F1 World Champion. Damon is familiar with his father’s legendary Gold-Leaf red-white-and-gold car, having driven it at the 1,000th F1 World Championship race at Shanghai earlier this year. At that event, this famous Lotus 49 was given pride of place by being the only historic car invited to celebrate the landmark occasion race.
Lotus 72 – Chassis 5
The Lotus Type 72 is the most successful F1 design in the history of motorsport. At Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 it will be united with its legendary driver Emerson Fittipaldi who drove it to the drivers’ and constructors’ World Championship honours in 1972 and again in the 1973 F1 campaign until it was crashed at the Dutch GP. The car has undergone a complete repair and restoration by Classic Team Lotus, using the original design drawings penned by Colin Chapman and chief engineer Maurice Phillipe to ensure it is returned to original specification. Emerson Fittipaldi considers 72/5 to be his favourite, having won his first GP in it, at Watkins Glen in 1970. Multiple Le Mans winner, Jacky Ickx, who raced a Lotus 72 in the 1974 and 1975 seasons, will also be taking the wheel of 72/5.
79/2 is one of the cars that Mario Andretti campaigned and won the F1 Championship in 1978. The Type 79 pioneered the use of ground-effect aerodynamic downforce through its Venturi profiled underbody, and recently won the ‘Innovation Category’ award at the London Concours. This car will be driven by Lee Mowle, a British GT competitor and Classic Team Lotus customer.
Clive Chapman, Director of Classic Team Lotus, said: “This year’s contribution from Classic Team Lotus will be one of the most special for a long time. I am absolutely delighted that Damon, Emerson and Jacky will be reunited with the cars with which they have so much connection. And of course, I will fulfil a lifelong ambition to drive the Stirling Moss’ Lotus 18 – and if the weather is good, we can remove the side panels to recreate Monaco 1961!”
Exige Sport 410 and Evora GT410 Sport
In the supercar runs, a Lotus Exige Sport 410 and a Lotus Evora GT410 Sport, both in the iconic Lotus yellow colour scheme, will be driven by two of Lotus’ leading Vehicle Dynamics Engineers, Dan Peck and James Hazlehurst.
Finally, there will be one last surprise at the Goodwood Festival of Speed for Lotus fans. Further details on this will be communicated nearer the event.
AC Schnitzer BMW 8 Series
The 8 series by AC Schnitzer in Goodwood at the Festival of Speed with new sound and carbon rear spoiler
AC Schnitzer performance upgrades
for 840d with 235 kW/320 HP to 279 kW/380 HP
for M 850i with 390 kW/530 HP to 456 kW/620 HP
AC Schnitzer rear silencer for BMW M850i with 2 exhaust flaps and two carbon “Sport” tail pipes in right/left combination each side (4 pieces)
AC Schnitzer rear silencer with sound pipe for BMW M850i 2 exhaust flaps and two carbon “Sport” tail pipes in right/left combination each side (4 pieces)
AC Schnitzer spring kit,
lowering: front / rear: each approx. 20mm
compared to the standard suspension
- AC Schnitzer carbon front spoiler elements
- AC Schnitzer front splitter in connection with front spoiler elements
(2 versions: homologated and use for racing purposes)
- AC Schnitzer carbon front side wings
- AC Schnitzer bonnet vents with carbon inserts (use for racing purposes)
- AC Schnitzer carbon side skirts
- AC Schnitzer carbon rear diffuser
- AC Schnitzer brake light with frame for carbon rear diffuser
(use for racing purposes)
- AC Schnitzer carbon “Racing“ rear wing (use for racing purposes)
- AC Schnitzer carbon rear spoiler
- AC Schnitzer emblems 160mm, left - right
- AC Schnitzer aluminium pedals, set
- AC Schnitzer aluminium foot rest
- AC Schnitzer aluminium key holder
AC3 Lightweight Forged Wheels BiColor silver/anthracite or anthracite/silver
front: 9.0J x 20-inch with tyres 245/35 R 20
rear: 10.0Jx 20-inch with tyres 275/30 R 20
Founded on a love for motorsport, Aston Martin’s racing history is as old as the company itself. In 2019, the marque celebrates two significant anniversaries – 60 years since its iconic 1-2 win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 70 years since the company first raced at the Goodwood Motor Circuit. It is fitting then that the Central Feature at Festival of Speed this year celebrates the famous British marque and even more poignantly, the brand’s long-term love affair with motorsport.
Designed by Gerry Judah, the Central Feature is a 30-metre-high swoop of steel with the Le Mans winning Aston Martin DBR1 racing towards the sky on a never-ending race track. To complement the Central Feature, ‘Q by Aston Martin’ - the luxury brand’s bespoke personalisation service - has designed six unique Vantages, each honoring a famous race car from the company’s long and prestigious history. Vantage was an obvious starting point for the project as Aston Martin’s modern race car.
Aston Martin will only make 60 ‘Vantage Heritage Racing Editions’ with customers able to choose one of the six liveries. The collection also introduces a new aero kit adding a staggering 194kg of downforce at 305.8km/h. Now available on all Vantages, the aero kit has been developed by Aston Martin’s aerodynamics team to ensure that the already impressive performance of the two-seater sportscar remains unchanged.
The addition of a carbon fibre rear wing, dive planes and extended front splitter increase downforce while maintaining the balance of the original design. All six Vantage specifications also feature light-weight wheels, the sports plus pack and carbon fibre interior details to further aide weight reduction.
The oldest racing car to provide inspiration for the series is Razor Blade. ‘The Record Breaker’, Razor Blade set two class records in the 1500CC light car class at Brooklands in 1923. To create the design, ‘Q by Aston Martin’ colour matched the green on ‘The Record Breaker’ to be the exact same pantone of the original chassis. The silver acknowledges the aluminum streamlined body constructed by aircraft manufacturer De Havilland.
‘The Italian Progettista’ pays homage to Aston Martin’s most iconic pre-war racing model, the Ulster. An Ulster finished third overall at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1935, winning its class and placing fourth in the RAC Tourist Trophy Race. The red of the bodywork perfectly matches the original team colour scheme and the ‘Aston Martin’ lettering on the side gill nods to the distinctive script that was hand painted on the bonnets of the team cars.
The DB3S has inspired the ’The David Brown Era’ Vantage. Aston Martin used different colours on individual race cars to help with identification during racing. The yellow and green DB3S has become one of the most iconic liveries making it the perfect choice for the project.
Also celebrated is AMR1, ‘The Group C Monster’. The Nimrod successor was developed in 1989 to participate in the Group C racing series and bristled with radical new technology including a kevlar/carbon-fibre monocoque chassis – a radical development in 1989. Recognised for the distinctive white, blue and red livery, ‘Q by Aston Martin’ have worked tirelessly to colour match the original palette to create the striking design.
A nod to the endurance racing series that Aston Martin has been competing in since 1928 is ‘The Le Mans Winner’ Vantage. The DBR9 was Aston Martin’s challenge to the GT class, winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in both 2007 and 2008 making it back to back class wins for Aston Martin. The ‘Gulf’ livery is one of the best-known designs in motorsport and so it was vital that it matched the original perfectly, to achieve a cohesive and modern design.
Finally, the collection concludes with the ‘The Next Generation’ which honours the modern racing Vantage GTE. Inspired by Aston Martin’s current offering to the world of motorsport, ‘Q by Aston Martin’ matched the Lime Essence and Stirling Green colour displayed on the body panels of the official race car, replicating the racer that currently competes in the world’s toughest endurance series – the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
When Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford formed Aston Martin 106 years ago, it was created to support their joint passion for motorsport. When the company was then taken over by the industrialist David Brown, he pushed the company to create DBR1 and thus the perfect racer was born. Little has changed under the stewardship of Aston Martin’s current President and Group CEO, Andy Palmer, with the Aston Martin hypercar, Aston Martin Valkyrie, destined to compete in the 2020/2021 WEC season.
When speaking about the Central Feature, Andy Palmer, Aston Martin Lagonda President and Group CEO, said: “It is a great honour to be celebrated at Goodwood Festival of Speed this year. Racing is a crucial component in Aston Martin’s DNA and it is something that we have pursued since the inception of the company more than 100 years ago. We have raced all around the world but the core passion and commitment that we’ve displayed has remained the same since our first race on Aston Hill.”
Each of the six Vantages will be displayed under the Central Feature at Goodwood Festival of Speed for every day of the festival. A nod to Aston Martin’s long-standing relationship with racing and its commitment to both beauty and speed.
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will see Alfa Romeo showcasing a range of current production models, including the Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio, alongside a glimpse into the future of the brand with the hybrid Tonale Concept and the pinnacle of motorsport with the Alfa Romeo Racing F1 car.
Alfa Romeo Racing Editions
This year’s Festival of Speed will see the UK debut of the limited edition Alfa Romeo Racing models. Sporting the legendary Quadrifoglio badge, these exclusive models celebrate the return of Alfa Romeo to the F1 grid with a livery that pays tribute to this season’s C32 racing car, driven by former F1 world champion Kimi Raikkonen and Italian Antonio Giovinazzi.
Fans can get up close to the cars on the Alfa Romeo stand and experience the raw emotion as the Giulia Quadrifoglio Alfa Romeo Racing Edition takes to the famous 1.6 mile Goodwood hill climb for its inaugural UK dynamic first glance. Visitors will hear the sonorous sound of the 2.9-litre V6 Bi-Turbo engine as it flies past Goodwood House, enriched by the addition of the titanium Akrapovic exhaust, while the Alfa Romeo engineering team have tuned the engine to increase the power output to 520hp.
Alfa Romeo Tonale Concept
Offering a glimpse into the future of the brand will be the Alfa Romeo Tonale concept car, seen for the first time in the UK at Goodwood Festival of Speed having just been awarded the coveted “Car Design Award 2019”. This Alfa Romeo is the first model from the brand to use the latest plug-in hybrid technology as well as being their first mid-sized utility vehicles. It rewrites the rules of today's fastest growing segment using the Alfa Romeo trademark combination of unique Italian style and unrivalled handling, together with state-of-the-art electrification for the first time.
Alfa Romeo Racing F1
Alfa Romeo’s illustrious history in F1 will be celebrated with the "Alfa Romeo Racing" team running the C32 up the infamous Goodwood Hill on Saturday and Sunday, driven by Italian driver Antonio Giovinazzi. Fresh from winning the Trofeo Bandini trophy and scoring his first point in F1, Antonio will also be making an appearance on the Alfa Romeo stand alongside the team’s C32 F1 showcar.
The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed sees Jeep making its first ever appearance at the UK’s premier motoring event. Showcasing the full breadth of the range, Jeep will be running the 710hp Grand Cherokee Trackhawk up the Goodwood Hill, while visitors can get behind the wheel of the Jeep range on the off-road experience and get up close to the first electrified Jeep, the Renegade PHEV, on the main stand.
The Jeep Off-Road Experience
Visitors to the show will be able to take part in a unique Jeep 4X4 experience, where they will be able to get behind the wheel of the Jeep range and put them through their paces on a challenging off-road course. A fleet of 4x4 models including everything from the compact Renegade, to the mid-sized Compass, large Grand Cherokee and the iconic Wrangler, will allow customers to take on the obstacles themselves and see what the legendary 4X4s can do in their own hands.
The Jeep Off-Road Experience will be open from 10am to 6pm, Thursday to Sunday, for drivers aged 21 and over holding a full driving license. Drives will be offered on a first come first served basis.
Grand Cherokee Trackhawk takes to the hill
The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk will be making its inaugural appearance at the event, using all 710hp and 868Nm of torque from its 6.2-litre supercharged V8 engine to take it on its debut first glance up the Goodwood hill. Reaching 62mph in just 3.7 seconds, and going on to a top speed of 180mph, the Trackhawk is set to wow the crowds at the show with its sheer pace, aggressive styling and distinctive supercharged whine.
With its body-coloured flared wheel arches, sculpted bonnet with dual heat extractors and quad exhaust tips the Trackhawk is instantly recognisable. The signature seven-slot front grille is flanked by adaptive, bi-xenon headlights with a gloss black background to highlight its Jeep pedigree.
Its driving dynamics and handling come courtesy of the Selec-Track system with five dynamic modes and Bilstein adaptive dampening suspension. The Quadra-Trac active on-demand four-wheel-drive system, with rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential (ELSD) and a single-speed active transfer case will also ensure that all 710hp makes it to the top of the Goodwood hillclimb.
e-volution on the Jeep stand
The Jeep stand will be hosting the UK debut of the Renegade plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV), the first electric Jeep to join the range, alongside the inaugural showcase of the 1941 Wrangler. Visitors to the stand will also be able to paw over the new Compass Night Eagle and the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk from the current range.
The Jeep Renegade PHEV offers a no-compromise hybrid solution, which integrates with the unmatched technical layout of the Jeep SUV, turning it into a vehicle that provide absolute freedom while taking its capability to the next level through eco-friendly technology.
With a pure electric range of approximately 31miles, with an approximate 80mph full electric top speed, the electric units work in synergy with the new 1.3-litre turbo petrol engine to increase efficiency and power overall. With a power output in the 190hp to 240hp range and a zero to 62mph time of approximately seven seconds, the new Renegade PHEV is even more fun, courtesy of its improved acceleration and fast engine response, while also delivering CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km.
The legendary off-road capability is further enhanced thanks to the greater torque offered by the electric motor and the ability to adjust it with extreme precision while driving on even the most challenging terrain. The new electric all-wheel-drive technology (eAWD) provides traction to the rear axle through a dedicated electric motor, allowing the two axles to be separated and to control the torque independently in a more effective way than a mechanical system.
The Jeep Wrangler 1941, a Mopar® edition of the Wrangler Rubicon enhanced by Jeep Performance Parts that is capable of expressing the undisputed off-road capability of the vehicle, will also make its debut on the Jeep stand. A 2-inch suspension lift kit, “rock rails”, black door sill guards, “black fuel door”, all-weather mats and 1941 sticker set this model apart from the range.
The Wrangler 1941 also features Jeep Authentic Accessories by Mopar, including a Matt Black seven-slot grille, moulded splash guards, off-road lights and wing mirrors caps - all contrasting with the Punk’n metallic orange paintwork. The Mopar customisation continues inside, where a black mesh sun bonnet, front grab handles and tailgate table further enhance the vehicle’s functionality.
Jeep gets personal
The iconic brand will also bring a slice of Americana to this year’s show with the innovative “Ink My Jeep” concept. Fans will be able to create a unique decal for their car from a range of classic Jeep iconography, while kids can get involved with their very own Jeep temporary tattoo.
Later this week Pagani UK will celebrate the 20th anniversary since Horacio Pagani founded Pagani Automobili S.p.A. in grand style at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed (4-7 July).
Pagani’s exclusive official British agent, Pagani UK Ltd, will be gathering a record number of Pagani Zonda and Huayra models together at Goodwood – the largest collection ever seen in Great Britain, with cars and owners coming from as far afield as New Zealand, the USA and Hong Kong specifically for the occasion – with Company founder Horacio Pagani also on hand, plus almost 30 examples of his exceptional hypercars, with a combined value of around £100million+.
An attention-grabbing convoy of Paganis will head down to Goodwood from London on the morning of Thursday 4 July, with a record 20 Zonda hypercars then heading up the Festival of Speed Hillclimb around 3pm that day; one car to mark each year since the first Pagani Zonda was introduced to huge acclaim in 1999.
Five of the most significant Zonda models will then be on static display for all to admire, located outside of the Goodwood Club’s exclusive GRRC Kinrara enclosure. These five Zondas will include the very first Zonda built, the famous Chassis #1 C25 of 1999, plus a 2005 Zonda F, 2009 Zonda Cinque, 2010 Zonda Tricolore and 2018 Zonda Roadster, one of just three sell-out models made, and the world’s most expensive new car at launch at £15million, and now appreciating!
In addition, a Zonda R that has recently been subject to the extensive 'Pagani Rinascimento' programme to restore and upgrade older Pagani models, will be in action twice a day, tackling the Goodwood Hillclimb as part of the Supercar Run, with the car usually to be seen in the re-located Supercar Paddock. A sell-out Pagani Huayra Roadster will also be on display at the Kinrara enclosure. Pagani will also have a retail facility (Stand No. 127) with special 20th anniversary merchandise as part of the Festival’s extensive exhibition zone, located near the Goodwood Cricket Pitch area.
On the Friday evening, Pagani UK will be staging a very exclusive 20th anniversary ‘birthday party’ not far away from Goodwood on the West Sussex coast, with fireworks and few surprises in store for the lucky guests as a fitting celebration of the Modena marque’s first 20 years.
Commenting on its notable 20th anniversary presence at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Christine Clarkin, Pagani UK’s Dealer Principal said, “We were really delighted to be so involved with the Goodwood Festival of Speed once again in such a high-profile way, and I can’t wait to see 20 Paganis parading up the Goodwood Hill on the Thursday afternoon as one of the many amazing attractions at this world-leading, must-attend event. She added “I also can’t wait for what promises to be a very special and memorable 20th anniversary birthday party for our clients and friends on Friday evening. It will be great, and the icing on the cake of the truly excellent weekend at Goodwood”
Radical unleashes race-bred road-legal Rapture
Radical Sportscars has blurred the lines between road and race performance with the introduction of its new flagship road-legal sports car, the Rapture, unveiled in a live-streamed launch today at the world-famous Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The Rapture is the latest road-legal model from one of the world’s most successful racing car manufacturers. It has been designed to bring unparalleled performance to the street by building on the British marque’s extensive experience of top-level motorsport engineering and design.
When simply defined, Rapture essentially means a feeling of intense pleasure or joy. And therein lies both the car’s selling point, and its primary mission: To deliver an emotive driving experience like no other across both road and race track.
No other street-legal car available today offers the same percentage of race-bred DNA as the Rapture, making it the ideal choice for customers seeking a raw, exhilarating driving experience – the Rapture can deliver an unapologetic assault on the senses.
Driven by demand from both its existing customer base and the potential to expand its market boundaries, the Rapture is built in accordance with the UK’s Individual Vehicle Approval framework to ensure its road-legal nature. It is also intended for European markets from launch, with homologation for worldwide territories to follow. The Rapture will also be a timely boost for British industry, being solely built, engineered and designed at the company’s Peterborough (Cambridgeshire) production facility.
True to its format as a race car for the road, the Rapture follows Radical’s ethos of generating extreme performance via lightweight construction combined with aerodynamic efficiency, instead of relying solely on headline-chasing power and top speed figures.
The Rapture boasts a lightweight spaceframe chassis with FIA-compliant safety cell and crash structure, and features high-downforce composite bodywork, complete with bi-plane rear wing and double-tunnel diffuser.
At the heart of the Rapture is a 2261cc turbocharged EcoBoost engine, supplied by Ford and reworked by Radical Performance Engines, featuring an all-new turbo architecture and air induction system. The unit produces 350hp and 433Nm of torque. Drive comes through a six-speed paddle-shift gearbox.
Drawing on Radical’s past experience with both the road-going SR3 SL and RXC Coupe, the Rapture features an enhanced version of the firm’s proven Nik-link suspension system, optimised for both road and track use, and is complete with adjustable dampers.
For driver comfort, the Rapture’s cockpit incorporates two moulded racing seats, with integral headrests and multi-point harnesses. The sculpted dash offers an LCD display with data-logging functions as well as heating and a multi-function digital steering wheel.
While the Rapture is a high-performance product, the car remains accessible to both experienced drivers and novices alike, and each Rapture customer will benefit from a tailored track tuition package to ensure each gets the most out of the new machine.
All of the engineering has been closely assessed for its fitness for purpose, for both regular road and track use. From the bespoke and functional layout of the driver controls, to the level of setup adjustability, or the careful assembly to ensure trackside checks and modifications can be undertaken easily and swiftly. Only a firm with world-class motorsport experience could create a road car offering these unique characteristics.
In a market heavy with diluted track-orientated products, the Rapture stands apart as a credible race-focused machine. The driver input required for peak performance is the same as it would be in the class-leading SR1 or SR3 sports prototypes, putting a Rapture driver firmly in the same league as Radical’s global motorsport community.
Radical Sportscars CEO, Joe Anwyll said: “Radical has always been a business to push the boundaries; in developing Rapture, we listened carefully to our global customer base to ensure that whilst road legal, the Rapture remains an undiluted, out-and-out track car at its core.
“We’ve distilled over two decades of motorsport heritage into the most focused, open sportscar possible. In Rapture, cutting edge direct-injection turbocharged powertrain technology and advanced underbody aerodynamics contribute to a unique package with electrifying performance.”
The order books for the Rapture will open imminently, and Radical has already received pre-orders from both France and Germany. Subject to availability, early build slots are now available, with the first deliveries scheduled for the beginning of August.
If you think you’ve felt the pinnacle of race-bred performance on the road before, you’ve yet to experience the Rapture.
Ford and Multimatic today reveal at the Goodwood Festival of Speed the Ford GT Mk II, a limited-edition, track-only GT that represents the next stage in Ford GT performance.
With a 700 horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine, race-proven aerodynamics and competition-oriented handling, the GT Mk II has been co-developed by Ford Performance and Multimatic based on competitive learnings from Ford’s successful FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaigns with the Ford GT race car yet GT Mk II is engineered independent of race series rules, regulations and limitations.
“The GT Mk II unleashes the full performance potential of the Ford GT without any artificial performance limitations dictated by racing sanctioning bodies,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development and purchasing officer. “It’s the closest GT owners can get to the Le Mans-winning performance and exhilarating feeling of crossing the finish line in the Ford GT race car.”
Limited to just 45 vehicles, with a starting MSRP of $1.2 million, the GT Mk II joins the GT race car that won the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Ford GT supercar.
“The true off-the-hook performance capability of the GT hasn’t yet been fully showcased,” said Multimatic’s Chief Technical Officer, Larry Holt. “The road car is obviously limited by the many global homologation requirements that it must comply with, and the race car suffers from the restriction of the dreaded Balance of Performance, resulting in it being 150 horsepower down to the road car. The Mk II answers the regularly asked question of how would the car perform with all the limitations lifted: the answer is spectacularly.”
Built in Markham, Ontario, the Mk II begins life at the main Ford GT plant before being transferred to a specialist facility at Multimatic Motorsports where it is crafted into the Ford GT Mk II.
The Ford GT Mk II is focused around aerodynamic and engine improvements and shares key features with both the street-legal GT supercar as well as the GT race car. Many of its components have been track-proven in the world’s most challenging endurance racing events.
The large dual-element rear wing exceeds what the Ford GT race car offers in terms of downforce. An all-new front racing splitter and diffuser have been incorporated along with new fender louvres and dive planes, which help balance out the extra rear downforce.
These aggressive aerodynamic changes enable the GT Mk II to generate over 400 percent more downforce than the Ford GT while fixed aerodynamic elements along with its race-proven suspension and Michelin Pilot Sport racing tires enable the car to pull more than 2Gs of lateral grip.
GT Mk II is also lighter and more agile. The street car’s adjustable ride height and drive modes have been removed, providing a weight savings of over 200 pounds while 5-way adjustable DSSV shock absorbers work with a lowered and fixed ride height to improve handling and keep the Mk II as aerodynamically efficient as possible.
The Ford GT Mk II features the 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine that powers both the Ford GT race car and the road car but since the Mk II is not limited by any racing sanctioning body it is able to generate 200 horsepower more than the race car, making the Mk II the most powerful version of the Ford GT. The 3.5-liter EcoBoost is paired with the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission from the Ford GT but specially calibrated for this track-exclusive application.
To add stamina to power, the GT Mk II adds innovative engine cooling technology, including a high capacity air-to-air outboard mounted charge air cooler with water spray technology. The water spray automatically activates in high temperature situations to provide cooling by applying atomized water on the charge air cooler allowing the Ford GT Mk II to maintain a consistent level of power at high temperatures.
A roof-mounted intake reminiscent of the race car engine air intake has been added for the Mk II to feed auxiliary engine, clutch and transmission coolers, giving the Mk II optimal cooling for the most extreme track day duty.
Increased engine power is paired with improved stopping power. The Mk II features braking performance beyond that of the GT race car by utilizing the street car’s carbon ceramic brakes, including 15.5-inch front and 14.1-inch rear Brembo brakes. Unique forged aluminum 19-inch wheels cover the massive brakes with race-proven Michelin Pilot Sport GT tires.
The front fascia and hood of the Mk II are similar to the street car as well as the stylized Ford GT headlamps with signature running lights.
Interior changes include a bespoke Sparco racing seat with a six-point racing harness and an optional passenger seat. A full MoTeC data acquisition system has also added to provide vital information for a track racer, which also doubles as a display for the rear camera.
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The Ford GT production car, which made its first Goodwood appearance in 2017, is the most advanced and exclusive Ford road car ever, limited to volumes of no more than 250 a year, globally.
Built for the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, the Ford GT race car has been a great success for Ford, winning the GTE Pro class at Le Mans on its first attempt in 2016, exactly 50 years on from the first of four successive Le Mans victories for the Ford GT40 at Le Mans.
Ford ended its competitive GT racing program in the FIA World Endurance Championship at the 2019 Le Mans in the GTE Pro class. The Ford GTs will continue to race through the remainder of the IMSA season which culminates at Road Atlanta in October.