Exclusive: VW Motorsport boss talks ID.R and how it relates to road cars

Volkswagen ID.RThis weekend at Goodwood Festival of Speed, the electric Volkswagen ID.R smashed a McLaren Formula 1 car’s 20-year-old hillclimb record, twice. All after less than two years of development.

For engineers like VW Motorsport director Sven Smeets, EVs are a new and near-unexplored frontier.

We caught up with him at Goodwood to talk ID.R, developing electric power and how this radical racer relates to what we’ll be driving in years to come.

The Goodwood hillclimb record

Just so we’re clear on the ID.R’s performance, that previous record was 41.6 seconds, set in 1999 by Nick Heidfeld driving a McLaren MP4/13. The McLaren was fully prepared for the run, with custom gearing and tyre warmers keeping its rubber toasty for the start.

The ID.R, driven by Romain Dumas, posted a 41.1sec on Friday, a 39.9sec on Saturday and then a 42.3 during Sunday’s official shootout… in the wet.

Last year, the first variant of the ID.R took the Pikes Peak hillclimb record, and it’s since become the second fastest car around the Nurburgring. Let’s learn more from Sven Smeets…Sven Smeets

What were the biggest leaps forward with ID.R?

“If we went back to Pikes Peak, the car would be completely different. The battery could have serious weight reduction – and I’m not talking about 5kg – versus what we have now. Of course, the less weight we have, the less drag on the battery. Everything else follows.

“We already have some idea of how we would get more power. There are plenty of ‘next time’ ideas. If we went back now to the beginning, the car would look completely different.”

What have you learned from running at Goodwood?

“We have much fewer cells here, but we’re still asking for serious performance. We’ve learned about the balance between performance extraction and heat management. It’s interesting, how you regulate to optimise. You look after the battery like it’s your baby.”Volkswagen ID.R

Your thoughts on the ID.R’s record run?

“We were a little bit taken by surprise, to be honest. I spoke to Romain when we were testing and he was not super-optimistic. Because rain was forecast for Sunday, we had Friday and Saturday to give it a go.

“Of course, the record was our target, but we wanted to build up to it. Romain had a bad start, and a bad first corner because he was distracted by the start. Yet he still got 41 seconds. 

Will there be another ID.R?

“We have some ideas for the future, which we will be discussing with marketing and the board from August through September. Hopefully some of them will be taken up, including some that go in different directions from records and hillclimbs like this.

“Things that were not possible in 2017, we can do now. In 2016, the Nurburgring lap wouldn’t have been achieved.”

Romain DumasHow does the ID.R relate to road cars?

“On a certain level, we are interacting with the team behind the ID road cars. There is big work behind the scenes so that by 2022 there will be something properly presented. Many things are asked of us.

“We have a one-to-one connection with the performance people who build Volkswagen ‘R’ cars today. They will get our first electric test car. In terms of what we do, it’s very interesting for them to see what happens.” 

Brawn to be wild: how American V8s ruled Goodwood

Ford Mustang GT500If you’re expecting nothing but muscle cars here, you’re in for a shock. When it comes to performance and racing cars, powerful V8s from the Land of the Free make for a popular choice, used in cars of all shapes and sizes at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019. Here are some highlights.

Nissan GT-R

Nissan GT-R

We begin with the beguiling Irish drifter who goes by the name of ‘Baggsy’. While his wheels of choice resemble the very-Japanese Nissan GT-R, he only needs to fire it up for us to realise it’s had a heart transplant. How does 1,200hp of twin-turbo GM LSX V8 sound to you?

Ford Mustang GT500

Ford Mustang GT500

Now here is some authentic American muscle, albeit with a splash of sophistication. Yes, it has over 750hp from a supercharged V8, but the Mustang GT500 also has a twin-clutch gearbox and clever aerodynamics. It’ll still rip fat elevens, though…

Ultima RSUltima RS

Ultima’s new model is a sharp-looking update for 2019. The famous track supercar manufacturer has always been a fan of GM’s LS V8. This new car gets the latest supercharged LT4 lump from the Chevy Corvette Z06.

Penske PC22Penske PC22

What powers this Penske CART couldn’t be further from the LT4, but it’s still a Chevy V8. This turbocharged 2.6-litre unit screams to 14,000rpm. Famous drivers include Emerson Fittipaldi and Nigel Mansell. Even Ayrton Senna tested one.

Ford Mustang GTS 1Ford Mustang GTS 1

Mustangs are a common sight at the Festival of Speed, but no two are the same. This GTS 1 is a case in point. No, it’s not a NASCAR. It’s an IMSA racer in GTS 1, the successor to the famous GTO class. The road-going variants of the fourth-generation Mustang aren’t best-loved, but this is an absolute weapon.

Jeep Cherokee TrackhawkJeep Cherokee Trackhawk

The Jeep Trackhawk is one of the most powerful SUVs you can buy. This Cherokee truck features the supercharged 710hp V8 from the Challenger Hellcat. Because that’s exactly what a family 4×4 needed.

March-Chevrolet 707March-Chevrolet 707

Can-Am racing no longer exists. The cars were too powerful (a Porsche reached 1,500hp), too fast and it was cancelled over safety fears. This is a March-Chevrolet 707 Can-Am car uses a big-block Chevy V8.

Holden Commodore VL SSHolden Commodore VL SS

The Aussies are well-known V8 lovers and Holdens have been putting Chevy V8s to good work for years. This one is a 1980s Commodore racer and doesn’t it just look the business?

De Tomaso PanteraDe Tomaso Pantera

Back in the supercar-sphere, a timeless model from a name that’s only now coming back from the dead. The De Tomaso Pantera pairs a meaty American V8 with Italian supercar wedge design. It’s still the pinnacle pin-up for some.

McLaren M8DMcLaren M8D

The McLaren M8D is perhaps the most famous of the Chevy V8-powered Can-Am cars, not least because Bruce McLaren sadly died in an M8D just a few miles up the road at the Goodwood motor circuit in 1970.

Buick Regal NASCARBuick Regal NASCAR

It wouldn’t be an American V8 list if there wasn’t some NASCAR goodness, would it? And they don’t get much cooler than an ex-Richard Petty Buick Regal, driven by Petty himself at the Festival of Speed.

Twisted Land Rover DefenderTwisted Land Rover Defender

Another V8 hiding in plain sight is this Defender, modified by Twisted. Under the bonnet, in place of an old Ford Transit diesel engine, is a Chevrolet LS V8.

March-Chevrolet 717March-Chevrolet 717

Because Can-Am. Here’s another big block monster and the successor to the 707. These things never fail to drop jaws when roaring up the hill at Goodwood.

Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCARChevrolet Monte Carlo NASCAR

In the NASCAR class, the Monte Carlo comes second only to Petty’s Regal for coolness. It’s an awesome throwback to the 1990s – this car is now 20 years old.

Ford Mustang RTRFord Mustang RTR

We end as we began, with a rip-snorting drift car. The Mustang RTR takes the pony’s V8 to roaring new levels. Vaughn Gittin Jr, your car is absolutely terrifying, but we love it.

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

In the same way you’d always find Jona Lewie in the kitchen at parties, you’ll always find Motoring Research’s Richard Aucock in the car park at motoring events. The man who never sleeps is at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, from where he has supplied these photos. Brace yourself, because we’re going in. But not until Richard has finished wandering around the car park.

Ferrari 458 Italia

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

We start with the Goodwood Fezza of Speed: a 2011 Ferrari 458 Italia. Powered by a 4.5-litre V8 producing 570hp at a dizzying 9,000rpm, we suspect it lives up to its number plate.

Ford Focus RS

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

Not one but two Ford Focus RS, one of them equipped with the Mountune pack for even more punch. There are many more RS Foci here at Goodwood too: it’s a bit of an emerging cult car, this fast Ford…

Lotus Evora GT430

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

Lotus will reveal the Evija electric hypercar at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, but in the meantime, here’s a car Hethel made earlier. The Evora GT430 was a watershed moment for the brand, being the first road-going Lotus to sell for more than £100,000.

Ford Fiesta Zetec

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

Forget the Festival of Speed, we want to see the Fiesta of Speed. A Fiesta ST would be preferable, but a 1.2-litre Fiesta Zetec is a lot of fun.

Lamborghini Urus

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

Last year, Richard drove a Lamborghini Urus up the famous Goodwood hillclimb course. He said it was “pleasingly responsible” and “a lot lighter and tighter on its feet” than he was expecting.

Ferrari GTC4Lusso

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

For Richard, this must have been like meeting up with an old friend, as he drove the Ferrari GTC4Lusso for Motoring Research in 2016. He called the 6.3-litre V12 supercar a “very rewarding ownership proposition”.

Ariel Nomad

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

If the Festival of Speed’s notorious traffic jams become too much, the Ariel Nomad is your passport to arriving and leaving as the crow flies. Just remember to seek permission from the Duke formerly known as Lord March.

BMW i8

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

Fast-forward 20 years, and we reckon the Goodwood Festival of Speed car park will feature a high proportion of electrified vehicles. And cars with internal combustion engines might be a novelty act on the hillclimb.

BMW Z3 M Coupe

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily ‘breadvan’.

Bentley Bentayga

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

Bentley launched the Bentayga diesel in 2016 before dropping it from the European range in 2018. The company blamed “political legislative conditions” and a “shift in attitude towards diesel-powered cars”.

Ford Escort RS Turbo

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

If the sight of the Bentayga is enough to see you reaching for the eye bleach, this Ford Focus RS Turbo should be a welcome tonic. Launched in 1984, the vast majority of S1 cars were finished in 80s-tastic Diamond White, although a few, most notably Lady Di’s black number, were supplied in different colours.

McLaren 720S

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

Our resident wizard wordsmith and good egg Tim Pitt is a fan of the McLaren 720S. He labelled the 720hp supercar “a furious force of nature” and the “epitome of tech-led, wildcard cool”.

Audi S5

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

The Clio Williams and Subaru Impreza WRX are two cars that manage to rock the gold wheels look. Can an Audi S5 with gold Bentley rims pull it off? Answers on a postcard to the usual address.

Porsche 944

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

Displaying some patina – and looking all the better for it – this Porsche 944 refuses to be overshadowed by its neighbours in the Festival of Speed car park.

Jaguar F-Type R

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

Thanks to its 550hp 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine, the Jaguar F-Type R Coupe can sprint to 62mph in 4.1 seconds before hitting a top speed of 186mph. As this photo proves, orange is better than white.

De Tomaso Pantera

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

Few cars pack as much visual punch as the De Tomaso Pantera. Thanks to a mid-mounted Ford-sourced 5.8-litre V8 engine, there’s plenty of performance punch, too.

Lotus Europa

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

Is this the coolest car in the Goodwood car park? We think so. Well done, Richard, with this slice of Europa exotica you’re really spoiling us. Treat yourself to an expensive and sustainably-sourced burger.

McLaren MP4-12C

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

We thought ‘BOSS’ number plates were the preserve of German SUVs, but this McLaren MP14-12C would suggest we were wrong. 

Red cars are faster

The cars petrolheads drive to Goodwood 2019

If this trio of German redheads has whetted your appetite for more Goodwood content, keep an eye on Motoring Research for the latest news and views from Richard, Ethan and Bradley. Also, keep clicking for more car park spots.

 

Aston Martin DBR1: The story of the Goodwood monument star

Aston Martin DBR1 Goodwood FOS

Traditionally, the central feature at the Goodwood Festival of Speed includes several cars. They’re invariably cherry-picked road and or racing icons from a chosen marque’s history.

Not so this year with Aston Martin, as a lone DBR1 takes to the swooping structure.

So it should, too, as it marks 60 years since Aston made its own motorsport history at Goodwood. In 1959, the marque secured the World Sportscar Championship with victory at Goodwood’s RAC Tourist Trophy (following victory at Le Mans).

And it did so with the DBR1.

Aston Martin Goodwood FOSStirling Moss took victory honours, but only after swapping cars due to his first car catching ablaze in the pits.

The DBR1’s domination was undeniable. It secured both first and second places, finishing 25 laps ahead of the closest pursuing Ferrari. The lead car was famously piloted by Carroll Shelby and Roy Salvadori. This was before Caroll got into squeezing big V8s into AC sports cars.

It was 10 years before that, in 1949, that Aston Martin first competed at Goodwood with the DB3S,. The company recently marked the 1959 win with a new DBS 59 edition.

Aston Martin DBR1 Goodwood FOS

This certainly feels like an apt year to be celebrating momentous moments in Aston Martin’s motorsport history. Especially given the breadth of its ambitions for the future.

The new Vantage GTE has had a rocky but promising start, rolling in the tyre tracks of a class-winning predecessor. It’s a sobering irony, though, that Ferrari took class honours at Le Mans this year, following the Aston having its performance slashed by regulators.

Aston Martin Goodwood FOS

Perhaps the most exciting news, however, is that Aston is going to be campaigning Valkyrie V12 hypercars at Le Mans in 2021 under the new rules.

As Aston Martin’s racing history is celebrated this weekend at Goodwood, we all look forward to the marque bringing a V12 – the most traditional and evocative of powerplants – back to Le Mans.

2019 Mercedes-AMG A 45 and CLA 45

Ferocious new Mercedes-AMG A 45 and CLA 45 debut at Goodwood

2019 Mercedes-AMG A 45 and CLA 45If you want a car with the world’s most powerful turbocharged four-cylinder production engine, Mercedes-AMG can help. 

In fact, make that a choice of two, as the performance division of Mercedes-Benz has rolled out a pair of body styles featuring the new ‘45 4Matic+’ powertrain. Both are on display at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Whether you want the A 45 hatchback, or the curvaceous CLA 45 four-door coupe, AMG promises serious performance for both.

One man, one engine 

2019 Mercedes-AMG A 45 and CLA 45The belly of the beast in both A 45 and CLA 45 models is the latest 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine to emerge from AMG in Affalterbach. Each unit is personally signed by the AMG engineer who builds it.

In ‘entry-level’ specification, the AMG 45 twins produce 387 hp (285 kW) with an accompanying 354lb ft (480Nm) of torque. Even this represents a jump of 11hp (8 kW) over the previous generation A 45 AMG. 

However, the biggest gains come with the A 45 S and CLA 45 S versions, which turn the power outputs all the way up. That means 421hp (310 kW) and 369lb ft (500Nm) of torque. Enough to make sports cars like the Porsche 911 feel a little nervous, perhaps. 

All versions use an eight-speed AMG Speedshift DCT paddle-shift gearbox, sending power to all four wheels. 

How fast are we talking?

2019 Mercedes-AMG A 45 and CLA 45Pick the standard A 45 hatchback, and 0-62mph (0-100kph) will arrive in 4.0 seconds, with a limited top speed of 155mph (250kph). 

Opt for the more powerful ‘S’ and the figures become just 3.9 seconds for the 0-62mph dash, whilst the top speed can be extended to 168mph (270kph) with the optional AMG Drivers’ Package. 

Fans of the four-door coupe CLA 45 will have to live with knowing they will always by 0.1sec slower on the equivalent 0-62mph sprints.

Not just for drag racing

2019 Mercedes-AMG A 45 and CLA 45Although the advanced technical details of the new engine in the AMG 45 models could fill whole chapters of books alone, Mercedes has also worked on the suspension and brakes. 

Performance dampers and springs are standard, with a three-mode adaptive system available as an option.  

Standard cars use a four-piston monobloc braking system, with the discs drilled and vented to handle high temperatures. AMG 45 S buyers can opt for an even larger six-piston fixed caliper.

Looking to thrill

2019 Mercedes-AMG A 45 and CLA 45Both the A 45 and CLA 45 wear an AMG bodykit, with looks inspired by the AMG GT four-door supercar. Aggressive bumpers, flared wheelarches, 19-inch wheels and an AMG-specific front grille should let everyone know what you’re driving. 

At the back, regular AMG 45 cars get twin exhaust tailpipes, whilst AMG 45 S versions get even larger exhausts with four tailpipes.  

The exhaust system also features automatically controlled flaps to adjust the noise level. According to AMG, this ranges from ‘harmoniously discreet’ to ‘emotively sporty’ when Sport+ is selected from the six driving mode choices. 

Data-driven performance

2019 Mercedes-AMG A 45 and CLA 45Inside the AMG 45 pair you’ll find performance sports seats up front, finished in a combination of microfibre and man-made leather with red stitching. AMG 45 S models get yellow details throughout the cabin. 

Buying an ‘S’ also means the AMG Track Pace data logger comes as standard. Linked to the satellite navigation system, this allows you to monitor and analyse your lap times on a host of race circuits around the world. 

An augmented reality function even allows drivers to get virtual coaching on how best to improve their on-track performance, making use of the head-up display. Not even Lewis Hamilton gets that in his company car.

Waiting to hoon

2019 Mercedes-AMG A 45 and CLA 45Mercedes-AMG has also gifted the A 45 and CLA 45 with a ‘drift mode’ as part of the 4Matic+ all-wheel drive system. Each rear wheel gets its own clutch, letting the car send power to individual wheels for maximum slide. 

Given the controversy that surrounded the Ford Focus RS being fitted with drift mode, we imagine the AMG 45 twins will also provoke road safety campaigners. 

While the cars have been revealed at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, Mercedes-AMG is remaining tight-lipped on pricing and release dates for now. 

New Land Rover Defender is first up the Goodwood FOS hill

Land Rover Defender opens Goodwood FOS

The Duke of Richmond, the man behind the Goodwood Festival of Speed, opened this year’s event in style – at the wheel of a disguised new Land Rover Defender. He was first to drive up the famous Goodwood hill.

The Duke must also be one of the first people outside Land Rover itself to drive the Defender. And although it was effectively camouflaged, there’s no hiding that recognisable Land Rover silhouette.

Land Rover Defender opens Goodwood FOS

“The new Defender will redefine breadth of capability for the 21st century, combining unrivalled off-road ability with assured and engaging on-road dynamics. I am really excited to be putting it to the test on the hill,” said Land Rover chief engineer, Mike Cross.

You’ll able to see the Defender on the hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed every day over the course of the weekend. After today’s (Thursday’s) three runs, it will have a further five runs up the hill over the course of Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The Duke of Richmond actually has the last chapter of the Land Rover story in his collection, in the form of a Works V8 Defender. It’s fitting, then, that he should open this year’s event with the new-generation car.

Land Rover Defender opens Goodwood FOS

“Few vehicles in the world can claim to be an icon, but that’s the only way to describe the Land Rover Defender,” said the Duke of Richmond.

“It’s extremely close to my heart and a vehicle that I’ve had a close connection with over the decades, so to be able to open this year’s Festival of Speed by driving it up the hill was a real privilege.”

Italian brand back from the dead with Goodwood’s most beautiful supercar

De Tomaso P72 Goodwood

Taking the prize for biggest jaw-dropper at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed could be the new De Tomaso P72. It’s a curvaceous supercar with a manual gearbox and looks inspired by 1960s racers.

60 years of De Tomaso

De Tomaso P72 Goodwood

Today, De Tomaso is a relatively unknown marque. Decades ago, it was famous for its monstrous Pantera Supercar – a pretender to Lamborghini lunacy with American V8 power.

This new car almost looks like it could have come from a time before the Pantera, trading sharp edges for rounded curves, and a retro-wedge for a sleek teardrop design. From a styling perspective, it’s not too dissimilar to Ferrari prototype racers of the late 1960s.

The return of De Tomaso

De Tomaso P72 Goodwood

Though the Pantera is a celebrated name in supercar lore, De Tomaso is not famed for its solvency. The name has been dormant for decades, such that tributes to the original Pantera have materialised independently of its original maker.

So De Tomaso’s return is something of a shock. How did it happen? Well, the P72 is a collaborative effort achieved with significant assistance from Apollo. Another relative unknown in the supercarsphere deafened the Festival of Speed last year with the screaming V12 in the Intensa Emozione.

The P72 borrows the IE’s carbon fibre chassis and for Goodwood, its V12. Whether the IE’s V12 engine makes production remains to be seen.

P72 Goodwood

In line with the retro aesthetic, we can report it’ll come with a manual transmission. It will join the Aston Martin Vanquish and GME T.50 in the manual supercar renaissance…

Speaking of the manual transmission – and the cabin in which you use it – the interior resembles an oil baron’s boudoir. Quilted leather, lashings of precious metals and carbon fibre make for cabin bling to rival Pagani.

How can I buy one?

De Tomaso P72 Goodwood

De Tomaso is accepting ‘soft deposits’ for the P72. Exactly how far along it is in development is unknown. If it has the investment behind it that Apollo has, though, we don’t doubt the likelihood of the planned 72-car production run being fully realised.

Joe Macari Performance Cars in London will be the soul proprietor of the P72, in the UK at least. The price? It’ll start at around £675,000, though we’re in no doubt that will soon rise if you play fast and loose with customisation options…

The best new cars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019

 

Land Rover DefenderThe Goodwood Festival of Speed is fast becoming the UK’s most important motor show, albeit with a difference. Here, you get to see new cars in action – and driving flat-out.

Read on for our pick of the best new metal at Goodwood 2019.

Ford GT MkII 

The new cars at Goodwood

As if the modern day homologation special that is the Ford GT needed more track-attacking attitude. The be-winged MkII brings it tantalisingly close to the GTE-spec Le Mans racer.

Porsche Cayman GT4

The new cars at Goodwood

The return of what many believe to be the ultimate modern Porsche sports car. The new GT4 uses a 4.0-litre naturally aspirated version of the engine you’ll find in the new 911 Carrera S. It revs to 8,000rpm and, yes, it has a manual gearbox only.

Aston Martin DBX prototype

The new cars at Goodwood

Aston Martin’s SUV has been a long time coming and it’s still not quite ready. However, it’s on show at Goodwood in prototype form (well, something had to balance out the 11,000rpm V12 hypercars). What we’ve seen so far of the DBX looks impressive. It’s a sports utility vehicle with the emphasis on ‘sports’.

McLaren Senna GTR

The new cars at Goodwood

‘Normal’ McLaren Senna not quite enough? Then you need a GTR, which takes track performance to another level. It isn’t road-legal, however, so banish any thoughts of driving one to McDonald’s. We love that mad rear wing.Ford GT MkII track-only supercar at Goodwood

Ferrari P80/C

The new cars at Goodwood

Ferrari’s latest one-off creation is a track-prepped special based on a racing car; underneath that crazy body is the blood and guts of a 488 GT3. In spite of the aggressive aero, it takes inspiration from two classics: the Dino 204 and 330 P3/4. Big tyre-tracks to follow…

Mercedes-AMG A45 S

The new cars at Goodwood

The hyper hatch wars rage on, as Mercedes-AMG debuts the latest, greatest and most monstrously powerful example yet. It’s the A45 S and it packs 421hp: only 24hp short of the new Porsche 911 Carrera S. It’ll chase the new 911 down on a back road, too, with four-wheel-drive to transfer all that grunt to the ground.

Aston Martin Vantage AMR

The new cars at Goodwood

Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer has said he wants to be the last sports car manufacturer to offer a manual transmission. The hardcore Vantage AMR is the first step toward that, swapping the eight-speed auto for a stick and three pedals.

Land Rover Defender prototype

The new cars at Goodwood

To say that this is the most important Land Rover of the decade might be an understatement. The new Defender has big boots to fill. Given this prototype has been around the world testing in the harshest of environments, it’s looking good so far.

Mini JCW GP

The new cars at Goodwood

The coolest modern Minis are always the mad GP versions they make to send off outgoing models with a bang. The new GP should have more power than ever, with upwards of 300hp and meaningful downforce from a new body kit. It’s no family hatch, either: the back seats are whipped out in favour of a brace bar for added stiffness.

Aston Martin Rapide E

The new cars at Goodwood

It’s a brave new world, as Aston Martin ditches its V12 for a bank of batteries. The limited-run Rapide E will serve as a test-bed for electric tech that will eventually find its way into future Lagonda luxury EVs.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ

The new cars at Goodwood

Lamborghini’s Aventador SVJ is the swansong for its flagship V12 supercar. Packing clever aerodynamics and a 760hp V12, we reckon it’s thoroughly deserving of the iconic ‘Jota’ nameplate.

Honda e

The new cars at Goodwood

One of the hottest cars of the moment is a tiny EV from Japan. Honda wants the e to be ‘the iPhone of cars’. If you like what you see at Goodwood, you can reserve one for just £800 (fully refundable).

Ford Mustang GT500

The new cars at Goodwood

Ford’s pony car gets more than 760hp of supercharged muscle for 2020. It’s not all about straight-ahead speed, though. A dual-clutch gearbox adds some sophistication, while aggressive bodywork and a rear wing serve up real downforce.

Morgan Plus Six

The new cars at Goodwood

Morgan is going through a rebirth at the minute. The Plus Six is the beginning of that process, debuting a new aluminium structure and BMW-sourced twin-turbo straight-six engine. If it drives as well as the old Plus 8 sounds, we’ll be able to forgive the loss of the V8…

Porsche 935

The new cars at Goodwood

Porsche pays tribute to the original box-arched 935 racer with this track-only modern interpretation, based on the outgoing 911 GT2 RS. The new 935 specifically references the ‘Moby Dick’ variant, with its elongated rear end that you can peer into.

BMW M8 Competition

The new cars at Goodwood

It’s the 8 Series we’ve all been waiting for. The M8 Competition is finally here, and it’s the most powerful car BMW has ever made, with 625hp from its 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8. It keeps that in check with four-wheel steering and four-wheel drive. No wonder it costs £123,000.

Ferrari Monza SP2

The new cars at Goodwood

One of the more subtle and stylised Ferrari specials, the SP1 and SP2 pay homage to the Barchettas of the 1950s. Sumptuous leather and a tiny windscreen offer the authentic retro racer experience. As the names suggest, the SP2 is the one you want for passenger rides.

Ford Fiesta ST Ford Performance Edition

The new cars at Goodwood

Ford’s award-winning hot hatch gets a splash of orange paint and some hardcore goodies in the new limited edition ‘Ford Performance Edition’ trim. These include coilover suspension and snazzy new wheels.

Bentley Flying Spur

The new cars at Goodwood

Bentley’s more sporting four-door luxury car is the final Continental body style to debut. The Flying Spur has always been a swift and handsome underdog. If an Audi S8 is a bit too German, this could float your yacht.

Ferrari SP3/JC

The new cars at Goodwood

The Ferrari SP3/JC is a one-off that’s as close to an F12 TdF convertible as we’ll ever get. Designed to hark back to the V12-engined Spiders of the 1950s and 60s, there’s nowhere to hide from that screaming V12 under the bonnet.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8 Touring

The new cars at Goodwood

Jaguar’s snarling skunkworks special has been toned down in Touring specification, albeit not much. Without a wing, you might not spot it coming, but you’ll certainly hear it. There’s no taming a near-600hp supercharged V8.

Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography

The new cars at Goodwood

If a new Defender isn’t quite ‘Premier League’ enough, try the Range Rover Velar SVAutobiography Dynamic Edition. V8 power regresses this ultra-modern SUV into a gurgling supercharged super-truck. It’s a ‘yes’ from us.

Maserati Levante Trofeo

The new cars at Goodwood

Ever since the Levante debuted we’ve all been waiting for some classic Maserati V8 power. Finally, the Levante Trofeo delivers it. With a 3.8-litre 580hp twin-turbo V8, it should keep any Land Rover with an ‘SV’ badge honest.

Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro

The new cars at Goodwood

Taking the AMG GT R closer to its GT3 racer cousin is the Pro version. It does so with more downforce, wheel arch vents, lurid stripes and a bit of weight loss. Think Porsche 911 GT3 to GT3 RS and you’re pretty much there. It’s pricey, though, starting from £186,000.

Porsche Cayenne Turbo Coupe 

The new cars at Goodwood

Porsche has come full circle, with a coupe based on the SUV that it started selling alongside its coupes. The Cayenne Turbo Coupe is a V8-engined answer to BMW’s X6M and Mercedes-AMG’s GLE 63 Coupe. 

De Tomaso P72

The new cars at Goodwood

Beloved Italian marque and maker of the Pantera, De Tomaso is back with this stunning retro-styled supercar. The P72 borrows a carbon tub from Apollo and has a manual gearbox. It could be the most beautiful new car at the 2019 Festival of Speed.

Incredible new Ford GT MkII is a no-limits Le Mans racer

Ford GT MkII track-only supercar at Goodwood

It seems Ford isn’t quite done with the GT just yet. The MkII, which debuts at Goodwood Festival of Speed today, is a track-only version of the supercar that outguns the GTE racing version Think of it as Ford’s McLaren Senna GTR.

Costing from £950,000, it’s a lot more expensive than a ‘standard’ GT. So what makes the MkII special?

Best of both worlds

Ford GT MkII track-only supercar at Goodwood

Ford’s goal with the MkII is to combine the best of both worlds: the GTE racer and the road car. The GTE, while fully competition-prepared, is hamstrung by power limitations and other regulations.

The road car, while unrestricted in terms of performance, needs to comply with occupant and pedestrian safety regulations. It needs to get over speed humps and meet emissions regulations. And it needs to have road tyres.

Ford GT MkII track-only supercar at Goodwood

“The true off-the-hook performance capability of the GT hasn’t yet been fully showcased,” said Larry Holt, chief technical officer at Multimatic, which builds the MkII. 

“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 150hp down on the road car. The MkII answers the regularly asked question of ‘How would the car perform with all the limitations lifted?’. The answer is ‘spectacularly.’”

So, while the GTE produces well short of the road car’s 650hp, the MkII gets 700hp from its 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6. Unlike the road version however, the MkII has slick tyres, race-spec fixed suspension and more wing than any GT yet seen. It’s also significantly lighter than the road car, having shed 90kg.

The dual-element wing is joined at the back by a large diffuser, while a new splitter, wing louvres and dive planes balance out the front. All in, there’s up to 400 percent more downforce than the road car, and it’s capable of pulling up to 2g in corners.

Ford GT MkII track-only supercar at Goodwood

Carried over from the road car are the ceramic brakes and distinctive headlights.

Cooling has also been significantly improved, with the addition of a high-capacity charge air cooler with water spray tech. 

Ford GT track-only supercar at Goodwood

On the inside, it’s very ‘race car’. You get a bespoke Sparco race seat with a six-point harness. A passenger seat is optional, although a Motec data system is standard. 

The Ford GT MkII is limited to just 45 units. To get hold of one, you’ll need to go straight to Multimatic. We suspect they won’t be available for long.

Lotus Evija: British electric hypercar named at Goodwood

Lotus Evija hypercar name revealed at Goodwood FOS

Lotus has revealed the name of its forthcoming electric hypercar, previously known as ‘Type 130’, at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Hethel’s very own 130-off hypercar will be called Evija

Lotus Evija – what’s in a name?

The name reveal is a big moment for Lotus. This is to be the first all-new car Lotus brings to market under new owners Geely, and a hypercar really sets the tone for what else we can expect going forward.

Even the name itself hints that Lotus is only just getting started with this new lease of life. Translated, Evija means ‘the first in existence’ or  ‘the living one’.

That first meaning in particular hints at the big plans Geely has for Lotus, beginning with Evija. More electric sports cars to come?

Lotus Evija

“As the first major Lotus model launch under the stewardship of Geely – the world’s fastest growing automotive group – its significance cannot be overstated.”

Quite. We look forward to more where that came from, Lotus.

As for how you say it? Apparently, it’s pronounced ‘Ev-eye-ja’. If only we’d had such help from the horses mouth when the Pagani Huayra came out…

Revealing the Lotus Evija design

Lotus isn’t quite ready to show the Evija in full, but it’s eager, as evidenced by the tease it’s set up at Goodwood. Anyone can go and see a ‘light show’ over the course of the weekend, revealing more about the design of the car.

We don’t have long to wait, though. Lotus intends on unveiling the car in full in London later this month. Just 130 Evijas will be built, hence the Type-130 code name.

As for whether Lotus founder Colin Chapman would approve? Well, electrification simplifies, but does it add lightness? We’ll be intrigued to hear more details upon the car’s full reveal.

Lotus Evija

“Evija is the perfect name for our new car because it’s the first hypercar from Lotus, our first electric offering and is the first new model under the stewardship of Geely,” said Lotus Cars CEO Phil Popham.

“The Evija is a Lotus like no other, yet a true Lotus in every sense. It will re-establish our brand on the global automotive stage and pave the way for further visionary models.”