This weekend sees the 25th annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, one of the biggest gatherings of motorcars, new and old alike and a hot date on every motor enthusiasts calendar.
The festival runs for four days from Thursday 25th through to Sunday 28th June on the historic Goodwood estate in West Sussex, with this year’s theme entitled “Flatout and Fearless: Racing on the Edge”. With an estimated attendance of over 200,000 motoring fans, this year’s festival is set to be one of the most action packed yet, with the infamous hillclimb course, rally stage, supercar paddock, Goodwood Action Sports arena as well as appearances from five of the top Formula One racing teams, who will be showcasing their latest championship race cars: Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari, Mclaren and Williams. Other guest appearances include, current F1 racers Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen, MotoGP racing legend Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner and Stirling Moss will be there to celebrate the 60th anniversary of his landmark victory at Mille Miglia in 1955.
The key cars being showcased at this year’s event include:
- Ford Focus RS – a debut for Ford’s new 4wd, 316bhp hatch, look out for it’s new ‘Drift’ mode as Monster Energy Athlete Ken Block tries it out on the hillclimb.
- Ferrari 488 GTB – Also tackling the 1.6 mile hillclimb, the Ferrari 488 GTB is the turbocharged 458 successor, with a mid-mounted 3.9-litre forced induction V8 producing 660bhp and a top speed of 205 mph.
- Mazda MX5 – as the world’s best selling two seater car, this is the fourth generation model, which is shorter, lower, wider and lighter and will be making it’s UK debut during the Moving Motor Show.
- Honda Civic Type R – Honda’s new 306bhp hatch will be taking on the hillclimb and you can also see the new Honda Jazz and HR-V crossover on the stands.
- Renault Clio – the new Clio 220 Trophy will be making its first UK appearance, showing off its higher rev limit, faster steering and dual clutch gearbox.
- Volkswagen – making several UK debuts at this year’s festival with the Sport Coupe GTE concept, the new Passat, the Ducati-engined XL Sport and the Golf R400 concept.