The theme for 2019’s Goodwood Festival of Speed has been announced. ‘Speed Kings – Motorsport’s Record Breakers’ will see the famous motoring event celebrate the extremes of speed and performance in racing’s past, present and future.
Paying homage to record breakers seems fitting, given it’s now 20 years since Nick Heidfeld posted his famous 41.6-second time up the 1.16 mile Festival of Speed hillclimb in a McLaren MP4/13. It’s a record that still stands today.
Last year’s FOS was itself a bumper one for new and exciting records. The electric-powered Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak racer very nearly dethroned the McLaren, with a shootout-winning time of 43.86 seconds.
Even more incredibly, the fastest road car time wasn’t far off the pace. The all-electric Nio EP9 hypercar made an astonishing 44.3-second run.
The Volkswagen should be returning to Goodwood for 2019 and could well take a pop at the record. Given the theme and the anniversary, it would prove very timely indeed.
“We are delighted with this year’s theme, as it offers an opportunity to celebrate the ultimate heroes of motorsport,” said Will Kinsman, head of motorsport content at Goodwood.
“The team are working hard to ensure the paddocks are bursting with the most talented drivers and riders, alongside the most iconic road and race machines in the world.”
As ever, more info on the event will be drip-fed over the coming weeks and months, including the theme of the central feature.
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