Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016: preview

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016: preview

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is the world’s largest automotive garden party; the event where the motoring public can stand shoulder to shoulder with F1 stars and walk amongst some of the finest cars ever created. This year’s theme is ‘Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power’, a celebration of the most powerful competition cars and motorcycles, along with the drivers and riders who tamed them. But what else can you expect to see at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed?

Lord March in a BMW 507

Reach your 100th birthday and you might get a few balloons, a cake and — if you’re lucky — a card from the Queen. If you happen to be BMW, you can expect to be named Honoured Marque at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, along with adding your name to the list of carmakers celebrated via the Central Feature. Lord March himself will open the event by driving this 1957 BMW 507 up the Goodwood Hill. Go steady now, it’s estimated to be worth a cool £1 million.

Moving Motor Show

As is traditional for the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the event kicks off with the Moving Motor Show on Thursday 23 June. Now in its seventh year, the Moving Motor Show gives carmakers the chance to showcase their latest models and visitors the opportunity to get behind the wheel on a specially-constructed course. Last year, some 35,000 people attended the event.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Following wins in Monaco and Canada, Mercedes-AMG F1 driver Lewis Hamilton will be hoping to make it three in a row with victory at the Grand Prix of Europe in Baku. He can then head to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in good spirits, possibly ahead of his closest rival, Nico Rosberg.

Nico Rosberg

And speaking of Nico Rosberg, the German joins Hamilton in headlining the line-up of F1 drivers at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The pair will take to the famous Goodwood Hill in a 2014 Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid – Hamilton on Saturday 25 June, Rosberg on Sunday 26 June. It promises to be a feast for the ears and eyes.

Seven 2016 F1 teams

But that’s not all, because joining Mercedes-AMG on the Goodwood Hill will be Ferrari, Force India, McLaren, Red Bull, Renault and Williams. Aside from the British Grand Prix, this is the only event where British fans can see so many F1 cars in action in one place.

Brawn BGP 001

Brawn BGP 001

But that’s not all, because Martin Brundle will be taking Jenson Button’s 2009 F1 championship-winning Brawn BGP 001 up the 1.16-mile hillclimb course. This will be the first time the car has been running since 2009.

Foggy returns to Goodwood

Carl ‘Foggy’ Fogarty returns to the Goodwood Festival of Speed for the first time in eight years, as he celebrates Triumph’s heritage. Foggy will ride a Bonneville and Trident, along with two bikes from Triumph’s current range – a Speed Triple and a Thruxton R. As the most successful World Superbike racer of all time, he’s sure to be a major attraction.

Celebrating the life of James Hunt

It’s 40 years since James Hunt beat Niki Lauda to the 1976 F1 World Championship, with the British playboy edging the Austrian by a single point. Visitors can expect to see examples of every significant car Hunt raced, including the Surtees, Hesketh, McLaren and Wolf F1 cars, along with his beloved A35 road car.

BTCC timed shootout

BTCC timed shootout

This promises to be a real treat for BTCC fans. Six of the top cars in the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship with take part in a timed shootout over the 1.16-mile Goodwood Hill. You can expect to see Jason Plato, Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal, Andrew Jordan, Sam Tordoff and Adam Morgan.

Electric dreams: Formula E

The FIA Formula E Championship will make its very first appearance at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Renault E.Dams, the reigning champs, will be sending its Spark-Renault Z.E.15 up the Goodwood Hill. The timing is perfect, with the season finale taking place a week after the Festival.

The Red Arrows

The Goodwood Festival of Speed wouldn’t be complete without an air display, so you’ll be pleased to know the Red Arrows will once again take to the skies above the Sussex countryside. Look out for them on the Thursday and Friday.

Central Features of Gerry Judah

Central Features of Gerry Judah

The Goodwood Festival of Speed gets underway as soon as Gerry Judah unveils his iconic sculpture. This year, the Central Feature focuses on 100 years of BMW, but its design is a closely guarded secret. According to Judah: “the sculpture, displaying three iconic BMW race cars, will stretch well outside its boundaries, soaring over us and into the sky”.

Bonhams: Bentley Continental GT V8 S Convertible

The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale is a highlight of the weekend, with some of the world’s rarest and most exotic cars going under the hammer. One of this year’s star lots is the striking Sir Peter Blake Pop Art Bentley, which is being sold to raise money for Care2Save Charitable Trust. Dig deep…

Abarth 124 Spider

In keeping with the ‘endless pursuit of power’ theme, the hot Abarth 124 Spider will be making its UK debut at Goodwood. Powered from its turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol engine has been boosted to 170hp, meaning it’ll cover the 0-62mph sprint in 6.8 seconds. It’ll no doubt sound fantastic going up the hill.

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Alfa Romeo Giulia

Could this finally be the Alfa to take on the BMW 3 Series? We’ve been promised it so many times before – but first impressions of the Giulia are good. It’ll be running up the hillclimb in hot Quadrifoglio form, natch.

Audi R8 Spyder

The V10 droptop Audi R8 Spyder made its world debut at this year’s New York Auto Show, but you’ll be able to see it in the metal at Goodwood.

Audi S5 Coupe

If you want to see an Audi A5 being driven aggressively, you won’t have to go all the way to Goodwood. But to see the hot new S5 being driven by a pro, you’re unlikely to find that in the outside lane of the M25. Not until UK sales start, anyway.

Audi TT RS

Audi TT RS

The hottest Audi TT ever, the 400hp Audi TT RS covers 0-62mph in 3.7 seconds in coupe form. That’s just 0.2 seconds off R8 territory. Watch out for it at Goodwood – but blink and you’ll miss it.

BMW 2002 Hommage

On display for the first time since its debut at Villa d’Este, the 2002 Hommage pays tribute to the 70s original BMW 2002. It’s powered by the same 3.0-litre turbocharged straight six as the M2, with various performance upgrades including a one-off exhaust and M3 pistons.


If you’d like a BMW M4 GTS in your garage, you’ll need more than £120,000 spare for one of the 30 models coming to the UK. BMW will be taking one along to its stand at the Festival of Speed.

Caterham 620R

Caterham 620R

Caterham says this year’s Festival of Speed theme ‘fits perfectly with the pant-wettingly fast nature of the 620R’. It’s the fastest production Seven ever built, capable of hitting 62mph in less than 2.8 seconds.

Elemental RP1

It’s no coincidence the manufacturer responsible for the RP1 features the word ‘mental’ in its name. The small-time British company is taking on Lotus and Caterham with its RP1 track toy. There’ll be two at Goodwood – one on static display, while the other completes runs up the hillclimb.

Ferrari 488 Spider

Ferrari’s optimistically hoping for sunshine at Goodwood, taking along its 488 Spider with a retractable hardtop. Despite an extra 50kg in weight, it won’t harm its time up the hillclimb – the Spider matches the GTB’s 3.0 second 0-62mph dash.

Ferrari California T Handling Speciale

Ferrari California T Handling Speciale

For those who find the regular Ferrari California a bit soft, the Handling Speciale sharpens things up a notch. With stiffer springs and a new exhaust, the £5,200 upgrade over the regular model is a worthwhile expense if you’ve got the cash to splash.

Ford Fiesta ST200

We’ll let you into a secret – Ford’s slightly hotter Fiesta ST will be putting in appearance at Goodwood, and we’ll be getting behind the wheel for a sprint up the hill.

Honda NSX

It seems to have been a long time coming, but Goodwood will be the first opportunity for fast Honda fans to see the hybrid NSX in action in the UK. Using a twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine and an electric motor, the NSX produces a combined 573hp.

Jaguar F-Type SVR

Jaguar F-Type SVR

For times when the Jaguar F-Type just isn’t fast enough, the SVR packs 575hp from its 5.0-litre V8 engine. It’s good for a whopping 200mph top speed – but it might struggle to reach that sorta speed at Goodwood.

Lexus LC 500

Racing drivers Mike Conway, Scott Pruett and Alex Wurz are set to take the stunning V8 Lexus LC 500 up the hill over the Festival of Speed weekend.

Maserati Levante

The Maserati Levante SUV is definitely one of those cars that look better in the metal than in pictures – so take the time to visit Maserati’s Goodwood stand. You never know, you might like it.

Mazda MX-5 RF

Mazda MX-5 RF

An affordable Porsche 911 Targa? Showing off its new retractable hardtop roof, the MX-5 RF will be on Mazda’s stand alongside the recently-announced Icon special edition.

McLaren 570S Sprint

The track-only McLaren 570S Sprint is set to make its world debut in the supercar paddock at the Festival of Speed. It’ll feature alongside the sold-out 675LT Spider and P1 GTR.

Mercedes-AMG GT R

Mercedes-AMG’s answer to the Porsche 911 GT3 RS, the GT R will make its world debut at Goodwood. It’s expected to produce around 570hp.

MINI John Cooper Works Challenge

MINI John Cooper Works Challenge

Despite offering no power upgrades over the (frankly quick enough) MINI JCW, the limited edition Challenge features stickier rubber and adjustable springs and dampers to make it a demon on track. It gets a limited-slip diff. Just 100 will be sold.

MINI Seven

Perhaps not quite as exciting as the JCW Challenge, but great for retro fans, the MINI Seven is a nod to the 1959 Austin Seven.

Porsche 911 R

Is this the ultimate Porsche 911? Combining the 4.0-litre flat-six engine from the GT3 RS with a manual gearbox, it’s one of the most desirable cars to ever come out of Stuttgart. Even if you’ve got the cash to splash, you’d be very lucky to get your hands on a Porsche 911 R. You might be allowed to touch it at Goodwood though. Maybe.

Renault Megane Sport Tourer

Renault Megane Sport Tourer

Back down to earth with a thump… first revealed at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, the Megane Sport Tourer estate will be making its UK debut at Goodwood.

Renault Twingo GT

It’s not a full RS hot hatch, but it’s near as we’re going to get for now. The Twingo GT is slightly warmer than the model on which it’s based – but don’t expect it to cover 0-62mph in much less than 10.0 seconds.

Tesla Model X

Ah… we expect this could be getting a lot of attention at Goodwood. Proving that electric cars don’t have to be boring, the gullwing-door’d Model X starts at slightly less than £75,000.

Vauxhall GT Concept

Vauxhall GT Concept

We first saw this sporty little number at Geneva. The GT Concept is Vauxhall’s take on an MX-5 rival. It’s definitely just a concept for now, unfortunately.

Vauxhall Maloo LSA

The slightly pointless but rather amusing Maloo LSO is also set to make its UK debut at Goodwood. The V8 pick-up can hit 62mph in 4.6 seconds.

Zenos E10 R

It’s easy to write Zenos off as yet another small-time British sports car manufacturer, but we were seriously impressed with the E10 S when we drove it last year. The E10 R is powered by the same 2.3-litre engine as the Focus RS, and packs 500hp per tonne.

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