If you can guarantee one thing about the Goodwood Festival of Speed, it’s a plentiful supply of supercars. We’ve been mooching about in the mud to bring you the most exotic cars on display. We’ll be updating this gallery throughout the weekend.
Storms are forecast over the coming days, but the Bugatti Chiron has enough power and presence to create its own thunder and lightning. Indeed, this 1,500hp, 8-litre supermegahypercar is likely to be one of the stars of this year’s event. Move over, Thor, this is the new god of thunder.
From a supercar of the future to what is arguably the definitive supercar of the 70s and 80s. This early Countach LP400 showcases the iconic styling as Marcello Gandini and Nuccio Bertone intended. It all got a bit Dallas and Dynasty in later life, but it remains the poster child of the supercar world.
From an early Countach to an early Diablo. Following an icon was always going to be tough, but the Diablo will go down in history as the first Lamborghini road car to top 200mph. The Diablo (purple) reigned supreme throughout the 1990s.
Porsche 918 Spyder
If the Countach and Diablo are the ghosts of supercar past, the Porsche 918 Spyder represents the present and the future. The plug-in hybrid can sprint to 62mph in just 2.6 seconds before reaching a top speed of 214mph. Even in electric mode, the top speed is 93mph. Electric shock!
McLaren F1 GTR
This is the actual McLaren F1 GTR that finished ninth at the 1996 Le Mans 24 Hours race. The Gulf Racing Macca was driven by Ray Bellm, James Weaver and JJ Lehto. Sadly, the authentic flies and other assorted insects were washed away years ago.
Wait, Vauxhall doesn’t build supercars, does it? Well, no, but back in 1970s, while Vauxhall was churning out the likes of the Viva, Cresta and Victor, the company turned to Wayne Cherry and Chris Field to raise its profile. The result was the Le Mans-like SRV (Styling Research Vehicle). Paint it pink and it might suit the Pink Panther.
Perhaps not a supercar in the purest sense, but it has all the necessary ingredients. The Lancia Stratos was designed by Marcello Gandini, produced in small numbers and was a bit lacking in creature comforts. But it won the World Rally Championship on three occasions and deep pockets are required if you fancy owning one.
Porsche 911 Turbo S
And speaking of deep pockets – just the small matter of £145,773 is required for the Porsche 911 Turbo S. In return for lacing its palm with coins, Porsche will deliver a firecracker of a 911, with 580hp, a top speed of 205mph and 0-62mph in just 2.9 seconds (with a little help from launch control).
Audi R8 V10
Alternatively, you could own the 911’s arch nemesis. The new Audi R8 V10 costs from £119,520 in ‘standard’ guise, or £134,520 in the more powerful ‘Plus’ trim. For your extra £15,000, help yourself to 610hp from the 5.2-litre engine, which is 70hp more than the ‘peasant’ version.
Lamborghini Huracan Spyder
Fancy hearing the full force of that Audi 5.2-litre V10 engine with the wind in your hair? The Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Spyder is the car for you. This topless Italian will rock you like a Huracan all the way to a top speed of 201mph.
You’ll have seen Chris Harris thoroughly enjoying himself behind the wheel of the Ferrari F12tdf on Top Gear. The Fezza pays homage to the the Tour de France road race and the 1956 250 GT Berlinetta. Just 499 will be built.
Aston Martin Rapide S
If the F12tdf is a little too hardcore, the Aston Martin Rapide S is anything but. Can a four-door family car be classed as a sports car? If the 203mph Rapide S is anything to go by, the answer is a resounding ‘probably’.
We wind the clock back to the early 70s to bring you this rarity – the sublime Lamborghini Jarama. Once again, you can thank the pen of Marcello Gandini for what is essentially a Mk2 Islero. A mere 328 units were built, 152 of which were the more powerful Jarama S. The upgraded S offered 365hp – 15hp more than the original car of 1970.
Renaultsport R.S. 01
The Renaultsport R.S. 01 features a carbon monocoque for a weight of less than 1,100kg, can develop 500hp and reach a top speed of 186mph. Sadly, it’s a one-off. We’ll just have to console ourselves with the Twingo GT.
Nissan GT-R Nismo
You might not recognise this without a cloud of tyre smoke. The Nissan GT-R Nismo broke the Guinness World Record for the fastest drift, achieving a top speed of 189.49mph at Fujairah International Airport.
The 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed represents the first time the public can get up close and personal with the new Honda NSX. It has a lot to live up to, as the original is an iconic and much-loved supercar.
The Honda NSX was given a facelift at the end of 2001, with the pop-up headlights replaced with fixed xenon units. This 2005 car is owned by Honda UK and is finished in Imola Orange. The question is: do you prefer the pop-ups or the fixed headlights?
Porsche 718 Boxster S
We think somebody has parked this Porsche 718 Boxster S in the wrong space. It most certainly isn’t a 911 R. If you happen to see the missing £136,901 rarity, do let Porsche GB know of its whereabouts…
Aston Martin Vantage GT8
So this is it: the lightest and most powerful V8 Vantage ever produced. Aston Martin has squeezed an extra 10hp from the 4.7-litre V8 engine to provide a total output of 446hp, shedding weight in the process. The result is a top speed of 190mph and a price tag of £165,000.
Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4 Avio
You’ve gotta love an aeronautical-inspired livery. A mere 250 Huracan LP610-4 Avios will be produced and customers can choose from five new colours – Grigio Falco, Blu Grifo, Grigio Nibbio, Grigio Vulcano and Verde Turbine. Note the L63 decal, which stands for Lamborghini and the year the company was founded (1963).
Ferrari 458 MM Speciale
Feast your eyes on the one-off Ferrari 458 MM Speciale. As the name suggests, it’s based on the 458 Speciale, but it was created for a British owner, who just happened to fancy a ‘visor’ effect for the glasshouse. The black A-pillar is said to be reminiscent of the 1984 Ferrari GTO.
KTM X-Bow GT4
When the majority of carmakers go racing, they strip their cars to the bare bones. Not KTM. To create the GT4 version of its X-Box track car, it needed to add bodywork. It’s designed to go head-to-head with the likes of the BMW M3 and Lotus Evora in GT4 racing.
Ferrari California T
This is a 2016 Ferrari California T with added Handling Speciale pack. It’s a £5,568 option and features stiffer springs, revised adaptive dampers, tweaks to the traction control and a louder exhaust. Power remains the same as the standard car, with its 3.9-litre V8 developing 560hp and 557lb ft of torque.
It never gets old, does it? Jeremy Clarkson, formerly of the parish of Top Gear, claims it is the best car he has driven. Which makes it superior to a Vauxhall Vectra. Praise indeed. We’ll bring you more supercars over the coming days.