The Goodwood Festival plays host to a number of new entrants in the automotive world and we look at the most interesting machines from last weekend’s event.
The 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed has been nothing short of a brilliant weekend. Let’s take a closer look at some of the cars that were on display at the festival and those that made the run. We shall start with the god father of them all, the mighty Bugatti Chiron. Boasting 1500 HP and soon to be the world’s fastest production, the Chiron grabbed eye balls both in the Michelin supercar paddock and on its hill run.
Next up, is the very mean and green Mercedes-AMG GT R that made its debut at the festival itself. Designed and built to specifically target the 911 GT3 RS, the AMG has its work cut out. Powered by the same 4.0-litre V8 as the standard, the GT R boasts more grunt and a lot more aero to make it a properly fast track car.
The McLaren P1 LM was another major highlight at the festival. A road going derivation of the P1 GTR, the LM is an unforgiving, relentless 984 HP monster. Designed to be the ultimate road legal track tool, the LM is McLaren’s pride and joy. The LM is so quick that it even set a new record for the fastest road legal car at the festival’s hill run. Mighty Brit indeed. Along with the LM the latest fleet of McLaren’s road and race cars were present at the paddock including the likes of the 675 LT and the P1 GTR.
Ferrari astonished the crowds with their paddock. Leading the charge for the Italians was the mind bending Ferrari FXXK. It even took a crack at the hill run. Along with the FXXK, the one-off 458 MM Speciale was present at the paddock. The F12tdf and the 488 also made fleeting appearances.
For Aston Martin, the track only Vulcan took charge of the situation. The Vulcan is a demon of a car and represents everything that Aston Martin is capable of in the 21st Century. Aston also featured their rather unique and aggressive looking one-off Vantage cabriolet called the GT12 Roadster. The new DB11 was also present to astonish the public.
Alfa Romeo and Fiat were a part of the event with the Giulia and the 124 Spider respectively. The Giulia is Alfa’s 4 door sport saloon that will also become the marquee’s staple selling car, while the 124 Spider is a direct dig at the Mazda MX-5. The new Porsche 911 turbo S, along with the 918 Spyder and 911 R were representing the Porsche camp. The Porsche Macan GTS made an inspiring hill climb as well. The Americans were present with the latest Ford Mustang in the Shelby tuned GT350R.
Other interesting features at the festival included the new Jaguar F-type SVR and the acrobatic Jaguar F-Pace, the BAC Mono, the BMW M2 and the M4 GTS. Rolls Royce was also present with the Wraith Black Badge and the all-new Dawn. Nissan displayed their new GTR Nismo and also raced it on the hill run. Subaru raced their latest generation WRX STI for the hill climb. Lexus was also present with the RCF GT concept and the LC. Honda had a say with the brand new NSX featuring alongside the original NSX to make a tasteful display of Japanese perfection.