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Toyota Supra

New Toyota Supra to make public driving debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Toyota Supra

The new fifth-generation Toyota Supra hasn’t been quite as long in its rather public gestation as some Japanese flagships (LFA, NSX, GT-R, we’re looking at you) though Toyota have teased us with similar ideas over the years.

Yet perhaps due to the anticipation surrounding this model, it feels just as drawn out as ever. Next weekend we inch just that little bit closer to the model’s official introduction, with a disguised prototype taking to the Hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

This comes on a veritable bow-wave of pride for Toyota as it comes off the back of its first Le Mans 24 Hours win after years of ill-fortune. Fernando Alonso’s race-winning TS050 will also be in attendance at FOS, albeit on static display alongside the GR Racing Supra Concept.

The road-going prototype will be on Hill duties throughout the event with chief engineer Tetsuya Tada and who Toyota calls ‘Master Driver’ Herwig Daenens at the wheel. The car will be wearing a red black and white disguise intended to pay homage to the recent win.

Note also the A90 model generation being sprawled across it too, given this follows the A80 generation MK IV. Think E46 M3 vs E92 M3.

With the weight of expectation for the new model, Toyota is understandably alluding its predecessor and stating the new car will be “faithful to its distinguished heritage as a pure, thoroughbred sports car by using a front-mounted, in-line six-cylinder engine and rear-wheel drive”.

Toyota Supra

Little else is known of the new Supra, with estimated power outputs from the new BMW-sourced six-cylinder engine being between 320 and 340hp.

It seems the way with Japanese performance flagships that they tease and tease with years going by before we finally get the finished product. Granted, that product is almost always exceptional but there’s no sating the rabid impatient masses!

Now we just need the Supra to arrive and, from what Toyota’s saying, it seems like we have at least a six-month wait. For now, we’ll just enjoy seeing what it can do up the Hill at Goodwood.

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Tesla FOS

Tesla Model 3 to make its European debut at Goodwood FOS

Tesla FOS

Anyone with a remote interest in cars will have been closely watching the story of Tesla as it has unfolded.

Controversies aside, Tesla and its high-profile boss, Elon Musk, are arguably the most significant market disruptors the automotive industry has seen in recent years. The U.S. firm is among those leading the charge to make cars and the latest technology and connectivity capabilities collide.

Now, Tesla’s most important new model to date, the Model 3, is set to make its European debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, long before the right-hand drive UK-spec cars are expected to hit driveways.

As it stands, the Model 3 at Goodwood will be a U.S.-spec car, rather than the one we can expect to start seeing silently traversing the roads of Britain around 2020.

Tesla arguably fast-tracked the EV revolution when it brought the Model S to market a few years back. Here was a good looking, cool and, most importantly, viable electric car. Promise of an expansive charging network, along with the fact that it was a genuinely impressive car, made it popular. But the Model S isn’t what you’d call cheap.

Tesla

The significance of the Model 3 is its primary task: putting the Tesla phenomenon within reach of a much larger consumer audience. It’s expected to cost from around £30,000 (after incentives), or around half the price of the cheapest Model S and be good for a range of between 220 and 310 miles, depending on spec.

The car’s first appearance on European soil is an important occasion, then, especially as this comes not long after the factory claimed to hit its 5,000 cars per week production target.

We wonder how many of the Goodwood visitors taking a close look at the Model 3 will have a purchase in mind. How many would-be BMW 3 Series, Audi A4 or Mercedes C-Class buyers are likely to be swayed to add to the circa-500,000 Model 3 orders rumoured to have been received by Tesla?

These are questions that have no doubt been asked and over-analysed by supremo Elon Musk. We look forward to getting a closer look for ourselves.

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25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

This year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is celebrating 25 years since the Duke of Richmond threw open the gates to his humble pad in the Sussex countryside. The event has gone from zero to global extravaganza in no time at all, which is why we’re marking the jubilee with 25 photos from a quarter of century of fast cars going very fast up a hill.

The first Goodwood Festival of Speed

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

It all began in 1993, when the Goodwood Festival of Speed was held on a single day. The British Automobile Racing Club (BARC) told the team to expect 5,000 people to attend the inaugural day, but such was the appetite for an event of this kind, around five times that number actually turned up. Things have certainly changed – this year, the Roborace will be attempting the first fully autonomous race car hillclimb.

The first F1 cars at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

In 1994, Formula One cars featured at the Festival of Speed for the first time, with McLaren-Peugeot sending its then-current F1 car for Martin Brundle to drive. The event was hugely successful for both Goodwood and McLaren, but not before team boss Ron Dennis threatened to leave for being parked alongside the public toilets.

The Silver Arrows

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

“Having a Silver Arrow at the Festival of Speed was obviously something very, very high on our wishlist,” said the Duke of Richmond. In the second year, the organisers managed to convince Mercedes-Benz to send a W125, one of the most powerful F1 cars in history. This, combined with the appearance of a current F1 car, was instrumental in putting the Festival on the automotive map.

The first Cartier Style et Luxe

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

For one weekend every year, the lawn outside Goodwood House plays host to some of the rarest and most expensive classic cars in the world. The Cartier Style et Luxe allows visitors to get up close and personal with the exhibits, which are judged by a panel of automotive experts and celebrities.

Mille Miglia celebration

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

To mark the 40th anniversary of their success at the Mille Miglia, Stirling Moss and Denis Jenkinson were invited to the 1995 Festival of Speed to tackle the Goodwood hillclimb in the Mercedes-Benz SLR number 722. Seeing the pair at the wheel of the famous Mercedes was one of the most emotional spectacles of the event.

Ferrari F1

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

In 1996, the organisers convinced the Ferrari F1 team to take part in the Goodwood Festival of Speed, with Eddie Irvine on hand to wow the crowds. Head to YouTube to see the Ferrari F1 car twitching as it gets off the line, leaving a trail of tyre smoke as it heads up the track.

The Silver Arrows and Auto Union

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Duke of Richmond said he and his team were “on it all of the time” to get an Auto Union to the Festival of Speed, and he finally got his wish in 1997. The six-wheeled, supercharged V16 Auto Union was a big deal for the organisers. The car had so much torque, it could lap the Monaco Grand Prix circuit in one gear.

Dan Gurney makes his debut

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

American legend Dan Gurney made his Festival of Speed in debut in 1997, taking to the Hill in the Eagle Weslake Grand Prix car. To mark the occasion, motorsport historian Doug Nye arranged to have ‘Viva Gurney’ painted on the track, a reference to the BARC painting the same thing on the Brands Hatch circuit in the late 60s.

Nick Heidfeld sets the fastest time

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

Nick Heidfeld holds the Goodwood hillclimb record after finishing in 41.6 seconds in 1999. Since then, the rules have changed to prevent F1 cars from setting official times, so the McLaren MP4/13 is likely hold the record for a little while longer yet.

Other quick times

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

Nick Heidfeld’s time was blisteringly quick, but other drivers have come close to breaking the German’s record. In 2003, Graeme Wright Jr crossed the line in 42.9 seconds, while Justin Law finished with a 44.19 in 2004 and 44.4 in 2005, both at the wheel of a Jaguar XJR8/9 (pictured). Sebastien Loeb was similarly quick, but more on this later.

Honda

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

Honda was one of the first sponsors of the Festival of Speed in 1993, and six years later the Japanese company put on a magnificent display. To mark its 50th anniversary in 1998, Honda had started restoring its historic collection, which presented the ideal opportunity for a display at the 1999 Festival of Speed. The line-up of motorcycles and cars was said to be worth between £30 million and £50 million.

Rod Millen in a Toyota Celica

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Toyota Celica Pikes Peak would be more at home on gravel than the smooth surfaces of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but when Rod Millen is at the wheel, you should expect the unexpected. The Kiwi recorded the fastest time in 2002, finishing in 47.4 seconds. Between 1994 and 1997, Rod Millen won the Pikes Peak hillclimb three times in the Celica.

Richard Petty

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

After many failed attempts to get Richard Petty to attend the Festival of Speed, the Duke of Richmond finally got his man in 2006. Nine years later, Richard Petty took to the hill in the iconic Superbird.

Dougie Lampkin rides through Goodwood House

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

In 2008, Dougie Lampkin emerged from the back of a van, rode up the gravel driveway and in through the front door of Goodwood House. He rode through pretty much every room in the house, up and down the stairs, before finishing on the roof to enjoy a glass of champagne. As publicity stunts go, this one was pretty special.

Moving Motor Show

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

In 2010, Goodwood launched the Moving Motor Show, giving car buyers the opportunity to test-drive new cars on the famous hillclimb. “It’s a moving motor show, a preview day where manufacturers show off their latest and most exceptional products. We will be putting their guests into these cars and they will experience the hill for themselves. It’s a dynamic experience: we are keen to be the British motor show and we believe the Festival of Speed can take that position,” said the Duke of Richmond at the time.

Jaguar E-Type central feature

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

Gerry Judah has been creating the central feature for the Goodwood Festival of Speed since 1997, with each one erected on the lawn outside Goodwood House. In 2011, this sculpture honoured 50 years of the Jaguar E-Type.

The Goodwood hillclimb in Gran Turismo 6

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

From looking back to moving forward… In 2013, Goodwood’s famous hillclimb was immortalised in Gran Turismo 6, with gamers given the opportunity to beat Nick Heidfeld’s record time. Kazunori Yamauchi, creator of Gran Turismo, said: “Goodwood represents every type of motoring and motor sport, which very much mirrors what we aim to achieve with Gran Turismo and so it is very special that we have forged this partnership.”

Return of the Soapbox

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

Following a nine-year hiatus, Soapbox racing returned to the Festival of Speed in 2013, with the gravity racers making their way down the hillclimb.

Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

In 2014, Sebastien Loeb set the fastest time of the decade, with his Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak crossing the line in 44.6 seconds. A year earlier, the 3.2-litre twin-turbocharged 208 set the fastest time at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

The Beast of Turin

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed was the first public outing of the Fiat S76 ‘Beast of Turin’ since its restoration. The flame-spitting land speed record breaker made its Festival debut in 2015, which marked its first public appearance in over 100 years.

Aston Martin Vulcan

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

As Britain’s unofficial motor show, many manufacturers have wised up to the potential of launching a new car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Polestar 1 will make its first dynamic appearance at this year’s event, while the Aston Martin Vulcan did the same in 2015.

McLaren P1 GTR Bruno Senna

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

Not one, but two McLaren P1 GTRs took to the track in 2016. The first was finished in a special livery inspired by James Hunt’s race helmet, in honour of the 40th anniversary of his F1 championship win. The second was an extensively modified version of the original created by McLaren Street Operations (MSO), with the aim of setting a fastest time. It was unsuccessful, with Olly Clark finishing top in ‘Gobstopper II’.

The Brawn GP car

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

This was a big moment for the Festival of Speed, Ross Brawn and Martin Brundle. The Brawn GP car hadn’t been run in any form since the end of the 2009 season, so this was the first opportunity for Ross to put his title-winning car on public display. Sadly, Jenson Button was unable to drive car, so that honour was left to Martin Brundle.

Bernie Ecclestone display

25 years of Goodwood Festival of Speed

In 2017, the central feature honoured an individual and not a manufacturer, with the sculpture celebrating the life of Bernie Ecclestone. Needless to say, it wasn’t a giant statue of the former F1 supremo. This year, the central feature will celebrate 70 years of Porsche.

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Michelin Showstopper Trophy

How we helped decide the most showstopping supercar of 2016

Michelin Showstopper TrophyThe Goodwood Festival of Speed is, by its very nature, a mecca for supercar fans. It’s more noteworthy if you spot a machine that isn’t a supercar; they pack out Lord March’s garden for four days a year in all shapes, sizes, ages and provenances.

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016

The Michelin Supercar Paddock is a particular hotspot for supercar lovers. This is where car manufactures show off their latest and most super supercars. Like some sort of decadent urban sprawl, it grows every year. And the 2016 FOS Supercar Paddock was no exception.

But Michelin didn’t want to just show them all off. It wanted to create a bit of competition among all the supercars. Enter, for the first time, the new Michelin Showstopper Trophy, celebrating the best of all the supercars on show.

The first bit is simple: each day, a crowd ‘cheerometer’ picks out the best car of the day across Goodwood’s three days. Those who can’t visit can vote via Facebook. This creates a shortlist of six cars, which is presented to six judges who, on the Sunday afternoon of the FOS, have to decide the overall Showstopper winner.

I was one of those judges. And so, onto the cars.

Car 1: Koenigsegg One:1

Koenigsegg One1

First up was the ridiculous Koenigsegg One:1. That’s one horsepower for every kilogram of weight. It has a megawatt of power in total and only six were built and sold to customers (this car, the seventh, is Koenigsegg’s own development car). Rare as hen’s teeth isn’t the half of it.

Total power is 1,361hp and the ultra-mean styling leaves you in no doubt this thing is viciously, wickedly fast. It’s an exciting car to look at, given its function-over-form visuals, and the sheer fact it’s so rare and powerful adds serious kudos.

But is it a true beauty that will stop people in their tracks and make them gawp? Does it pack the venomous exhaust note that will rattle windows three streets away? Do enough people know what it is to be sufficiently wowed by it? With these questions in mind, it was onto the next car.

Car 2: Singer Porsche 911 recreation

Singer Recreation

A bigger contrast between the so-pretty Singer and the hard-nosed Koenigsegg is hard to imagine. This immaculate car – bought by a customer in Newcastle, and accordingly so named – certainly had people swooning as it sauntered onto stage.

It’s a 4.0-litre car, with around 400hp, which will ensure this lightweight original 911 is not short on performance (we’d be happy with a flat-six half the size). Singer’s also developed the chassis to cope – you can tell that by the stance and attitude it has.

But while everyone loves it, this is perhaps not a conventional show-stopping supercar. It’s pretty and gorgeous, but something you gently fall in love with rather than instantly and passionately lust after. Which takes us onto the next contender.

Car 3: Ferrari 458 MM Speciale

Ferrari 458 MM Speciale

This Ferrari 458 Speciale is a one-off. Dubbed MM, it’s been built for a customer who felt the mighty Speciale wasn’t quiet special enough for him. So he invested an absolute fortune in commissioning Ferrari to create his own bespoke edition.

If I was to tell you this car has unique alloy wheels, whose homologation the customer had to finance and likely cost him a cool half-a-million quid for the privilege, you’ll have an idea of just how much of a one-off this car is. Certainly, it’s money-no-object, like all the best showstopping supercars.

Many in the crowd fell in love with it. Thing is, this is one owner’s personal car, rather than a ‘series’ model. It’s hard to dream enthusiastically about something that you literally wouldn’t be able to buy even if your lottery numbers did come up. The best showstoppers, see, are always seeded with a trace of ‘what if’, no matter now implausible…

Car 4: Noble M600 Speedster

Noble M600 Speedster

The Noble M600 made a welcome entrance onto the stage. Noble has been building the M600 for the past few years, of course, but hasn’t made a big fuss up to now. Rather, it’s been concentrating on getting production methods spot-on and honing the Noble into a viable ‘British Ferrari 488’.

The Leicestershire firm’s now happy with where it’s at, so took the opportunity at Goodwood FOS 2016 of launching a new iteration, the M600 Speedster. Its central open roof section helped show off a very elegant colour combination and this package certainly seemed to impress the crowd.

There might have been a bit of post-Brexit patriotism in this, mind. Can the familiar Noble M600 still genuinely stop the show as a supercar standout? As the judges mused, the next car rolled up…

Car 5: Mercedes-AMG GT R

Mercedes-AMG GT R

We say rolled up. Rather, roared up, loudly and ground-rumblingly. The GT-R revealed by Lewis Hamilton on the Friday of Goodwood FOS 2016 is extraordinarily vocal. And if you somehow miss the noise, you can’t fail to miss the colour. Lurid matte metallic green of the most nuclear shade; be in no doubt, this is a bona fide showstopper contender.

It produces 585hp and will do well over 200mph, but the really clever stuff is beneath the surface. Developed to monster the Nürburgring (hence the colour…), it has exotic tech and developments aplenty to make it a likely driver’s dream.

Things were close. This amazing Mercedes-AMG seemed to have the crowds whipped up and ready to cheer. There was just one more car to come onto stage for the judges to see and the crowd to drool over (OK, and for the judges to drool over).

Car 6: Aston Martin Vulcan

Aston Martin Vulcan

And there it was, the monstrous limited-to-24, track-only Aston Martin Vulcan. All 800hp of seemingly unrestricted V12, humungous width and the sort of aero overload you only normally see on a World Endurance Championship sportscar racer. It looked absolutely brilliant.

And it sounded out of this world. Even with restrictions in place, the Vulcan arks out more than 100dB of exhaust noise. Take them all out and it’s too loud for almost every major racetrack in the country. The test driver revved it as it came onto stage: the crowd was deafened and small boys jumped with joy. Or shock. Or both.

The fact it’s a track-only supercar had some of the judges raising a slight eyebrow. Others wondered about the multi-million-pound price, when cars such as the Singer cost so much less. While bold beyond belief, it’s also not a supercar beauty like the Ferrari. But as the judges cast their votes, the crowd was in no doubt which was the favourite.

The showstopper supercar winner

Michelin Showstopper Trophy

When the votes were totted up, it turned out we had a three-way tie. The Ferrari, Koenigsegg and Aston Martin had all scored two votes apiece (my vote went, of course, for the Vulcan).

This was a bit awkward. Would we have to do another round? Then the man from Michelin pointed out the rules of the new Showstopper Trophy. In the case of a tie, the Facebook vote would decide things. And which car had racked up more votes than all the others put together? It could only be one car…

And that’s how the Aston Martin Vulcan claimed the inaugural Michelin Showstopper Trophy at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016If 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.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Bugatti Chiron

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.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lamborghini Countach

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.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lamborghini Diablo

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.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Porsche 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!

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016McLaren 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.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Vauxhall SRV

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.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lancia Stratos

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.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Porsche 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).

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Audi 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.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lamborghini 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.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Ferrari F12tdf

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.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Aston 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’.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lamborghini Jarama

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.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Renaultsport 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.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Nissan 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.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Honda NSX

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.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Honda NSX

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?

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Porsche 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…

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Aston 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.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lamborghini 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).

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Ferrari 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.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016KTM 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.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Ferrari 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.

Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016Lexus LFA

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.

Ferrari California Full Throttle

Watch Ferrari deliver a Full Throttle breakfast to Goodwood’s Lord March

Ferrari California Full ThrottleThe 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed theme is ‘Full Throttle: the endless pursuit of power’. And what better way to publicise that than with a breakfast briefing by Lord March?

With the help of Ferrari and a few sets of tyres, that’s exactly what Goodwood has done in a new video that will hopefully plant the theme firmly in the minds of petrolheads.

Because instead of choosing a full English breakfast, Lord March goes full throttle – and the Ferrari California is kicked into action…

Ferrari Full Throttle Goodwood

Behind the wheel is Mauro Calo, who has a Guinness World Record for drifting to his name. With the keys to the Goodwood Estate, the video shows him tearing around Lord March’s empire collecting all the ingredients of a full throttle breakfast.

Of course, it’s all in jest, but it’s a nice way to underline the theme of this year’s FoS, with just a few weeks to go before the spectacle kicks off with Thursday’s Moving Motor Show.

Ferrari will naturally be there, showing off the new California T Handling Speciale along with the 488 Spider, F12tdf, 458 MM Speciale, 488 GT3 plus the odd F1 car (and F1 star) for good measure.

Here’s hoping some of the 250,000 expected visitors to the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed get to sample a full throttle breakfast of their own before the full throttle action kicks off.

Video: watch Ferrari deliver a full throttle breakfast to Lord March

Ferrari California Full Throttle

Watch Ferrari deliver a Full Throttle breakfast to Goodwood's Lord March

Ferrari California Full ThrottleThe 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed theme is ‘Full Throttle: the endless pursuit of power’. And what better way to publicise that than with a breakfast briefing by Lord March?

With the help of Ferrari and a few sets of tyres, that’s exactly what Goodwood has done in a new video that will hopefully plant the theme firmly in the minds of petrolheads.

Because instead of choosing a full English breakfast, Lord March goes full throttle – and the Ferrari California is kicked into action…

Ferrari Full Throttle Goodwood

Behind the wheel is Mauro Calo, who has a Guinness World Record for drifting to his name. With the keys to the Goodwood Estate, the video shows him tearing around Lord March’s empire collecting all the ingredients of a full throttle breakfast.

Of course, it’s all in jest, but it’s a nice way to underline the theme of this year’s FoS, with just a few weeks to go before the spectacle kicks off with Thursday’s Moving Motor Show.

Ferrari will naturally be there, showing off the new California T Handling Speciale along with the 488 Spider, F12tdf, 458 MM Speciale, 488 GT3 plus the odd F1 car (and F1 star) for good measure.

Here’s hoping some of the 250,000 expected visitors to the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed get to sample a full throttle breakfast of their own before the full throttle action kicks off.

Video: watch Ferrari deliver a full throttle breakfast to Lord March

Terry Grant drives a Nissan Juke to a new World Record

Video: Nissan sets new World Record at Goodwood

Terry Grant drives a Nissan Juke to a new World RecordStunt driver Terry Grand set a surprise new World Record at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed – for the fastest mile driving a car on two wheels.

And it was his OWN World Record that Grant broke at FoS!

Driving a Nissan Juke NISMO RS, Grant drove the Goodwood Hillclimb course on two wheels (yes, really) in 2m10s – shattering his 2011 FoS time of 2m55s.

Onlookers weren’t the only ones surprised by the record run. “I was shocked at how much faster the Juke NISMO RS was,” said Grant. “To take 45 seconds off what was already a quick time, was unbelievable.”

Although he’ been practising for three months, this was actually Grant’s first run at the 2015 Festival – he has five more over the weekend.

And he wants to go faster still…

“To break it by so much on my first attempt was a great way to kick off the weekend and I’m looking forward to seeing if I can go faster.”

It’ll be interesting to see how much faster he could go: perhaps a 600hp Nissan Juke-R 2.0 could help…

Here’s a must-watch video of Grant’s World Record Nissan run.

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Nissan Juke-R 2.0

Juke rocks! Meet the 600hp Nissan GT-R engine’d Juke R 2.0

Nissan Juke-R 2.0

Take one Nissan GT-R Nismo supercar and one Nissan Juke city-friendly crossover. Combine. What do you get? A crossover supercar that’s been revealed at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed‘s Moving Motor Show! Read on to find out more…

Meet the 600hp Nissan GT-R engine’d Juke R 2.0

Nissan Juke-R 2.0

Remember the original Nissan Juke-R – a madcap creation that squeezed a Nissan GT-R engine into the mild-mannered Nissan crossover? Well, Nissan’s at it again – using a GT-R engine this time tuned to a full 600hp…

Juke-R take 2: the Juke-R 2.0

Nissan Juke-R 2.0

Based around the 2014 facelifted Juke, the new Nissan Juke-R 2.0 boast the full-fat engine from the Nissan GT-R Nismo. As you’d expect, squeezing it in has been no mean feat…

100% hungrier for air

Nissan Juke-R 2.0

There’s an all-new front bumper, for example, with cooling slots increased by a full 100%. That’s how hungry the motor is for fresh air.

Juke-R, enhanced

Nissan Juke-R 2.0

Nissan’s fitted full carbon fibre front and rear wheelarch flares and side sills, all better blended into the design than the original Juke-R. Speaking of which…

Nissan Juke-R: old and new

Nissan Juke-R 2.0

Nissan brought the old and new Juke-R together, so we can ring the changes. Subtle, sure, but they are there – and it IS proof that this isn’t just an overhauled version of the original car!

How fast is the Nissan Juke-R 2.0?

Nissan Juke-R 2.0

So how fast is it? Well, Nissan isn’t saying. But we do know the GT-R Nismo is one of the fastest cars around Germany’s Nurburgring, and can do 0-62mph in just 2.6 seconds.

Will the Nissan Juke-R 2.0 drive well?

Nissan Juke-R 2.0

The GT-R Nismo also has a staggeringly advanced four-wheel drive system that lucky drivers of the Juke-R 2.0 get to also enjoy.

What’s the Nissan Juke-R 2.0 like from behind?

Nissan Juke-R 2.0

At the rear, 2015 model year Nissan Juke tail lamps are fitted, but you probably won’t spot these because of those HUGE REAR WINGLETS and MASSIVE EXHAUSTS.

Drift champ

Nissan Juke-R 2.0

Needless to say, we’d imagine the Juke-R 2.0 is a blast to drive. Will it drift? Will it ever!

Detail changes

Nissan Juke-R 2.0

Nissan stresses there have been lots of detail changes over the original 2011 Juke-R. The bonnet is new, for example, as are the headlights, and the carbon fibre air inlets have been repositioned.

Carbon fibre overload

Nissan Juke-R 2.0

The rear winglets are made from one-piece carbon fibre; the rear bumper is carbon fibre, incorporating a carbon fibre diffuser and high temperature carbon exhaust cowlings.

Nissan GT-R wheels

Nissan Juke-R 2.0

Wheels for the new Juke-R 2.0 are taken from the latest Nissan GT-R.

Interior: no change

Nissan Juke-R 2.0

There are no big changes to the interior, mind: Nissan says that, other than a black rooflining, it remains as before.

See it at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Nissan Juke-R 2.0

The Nissan Juke-R 2.0 will make its fire-breathing debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend, displayed in the Supercar Paddock after appearing at the Moving Motor Show on Thursday. And that’s not all…

In action at Goodwood

Nissan Juke-R 2.0

Nissan GT Academy driver, Britain’s Jann Mardenborough, is to also drive the Juke-R 2.0 on the famous Goodwood Hillclimb across all three days of the Festival of Speed. A 600hp crossover supercar? You can bet there’ll be a few double-takes for the wild Nissan Juke-R 2.0…