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.


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.


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.

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.”

Polestar 1

See the Polestar 1 in action at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018

Polestar 1Polestar, the new premium electric car brand from Volvo, is going to run in public for the first time at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The firm will drive its #004 hybrid-electric two-door coupe up the hill throughout the four-day event, driven by Polestar chief test driver Joakim Ryndholm.

“I am really excited to drive the Polestar 1 prototype up the hill at Goodwood,” he said. “Driving the hill climb has been a long-time ambition for me, and to be able to do it in the same prototype in which we’ve spent so many months of development time is truly special.”

The firm added the hill runs will form part of the new car’s testing regime, as it continues its real-world performance, chassis and suspension proofing programme.

Polestar 1

CEO of Polestar, Thomas Ingenlath, described Goodwood FoS as “everything a big car event should be: full of passion, enthusiasm and a chance to get really close to the cars”. To help with this, Polestar is showing two full production-spec Polestar 1 in the Festival of Speed manufacturer area.

“The response to the Polestar 1 from the UK and northern Europe has been fantastic and we see this event as a vital part of our continued ‘global handshake’ with enthusiasts and our customers around the world,” added Ingenlath. “It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet so many people who share our passion for Polestar and the future of the brand.”

And if you live in the United States, fear not. Your chance to see the Polestar 1 up close will come at Monterey Car Week in California from 23-26 August.

The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed will from 12-15 July. First deliveries of the Polestar 1 are expected mid-2019.

MINI John Cooper Works Challenge 2016

MINI has built a hot 153mph track-ready JCW just for Brits

MINI John Cooper Works Challenge 2016MINI will launch a limited-edition track-focused John Cooper Works Challenge model at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed – which is being produced just for the UK market.

Just 100 Brits-only JCW Challenge models will be produced, each costing £32,000 and boasting a specification that’s trackday-ready but still road-legal.

2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed on Motoring Research

Drawing from kit fitted to the MINI Challenge racing car, the JCW Challenge boasts a limited slip differential, adjustable suspension and semi-slick Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres (as featured on the Nürburgring track record-grabbing Volkswagen Golf Clubsport S).

It also has lightweight alloy wheels and uprated brakes, all of which have been tested and tuned on a range of racetracks throughout the UK.

MINI John Cooper Works Challenge 2016

Indeed, MINI says the car’s been created by a small group of employees who “had a dream to create a MINI that was specifically designed and developed to excel on a racing circuit, while maintaining perfectly useable manners on the public road.

“They collected their ideas outside of work time, fuelled by the desire to create a car that truly unlocked the performance potential of the latest MINI Hatch on a racing circuit.” All work on the ‘after hours’ MINI was done in Building 71 at MINI Plant Oxford – and the firm says this qualifies it as a genuine ‘works’ car for the road.

What is the MINI John Cooper Works Challenge?

MINI John Cooper Works Challenge 2016

The MINI John Cooper Works Challenge is based on the regular MINI JCW, using the same 231hp 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine (actually taken from the BMW 3 Series and tuned up). It thus can do 153mph and 0-62mph in 6.3 seconds; it’s only offered with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Brilliantly, MINI has fitted bespoke coilover springs and dampers from UK suspension supplier Nitron – adjustable for bump, rebound and overall ride height. Owners can even get the spanners out and adjust suspension camber and caster, making it very different indeed from any other road-going MINI.

MINI John Cooper Works Challenge 2016

A Quaife limited slip differential improved front-end traction, as do the sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres: these are fitted to 17-inch wheels half an inch wider than the regular MINI JCW, using Team Dynamics Pro Race 1.2 rims that save 1.5kg of unsprung weight per corner. As the tyres themselves are also lighter, total saving per corner is a significant 2.5kg.

MINI hasn’t forgotten the brakes either: 330mm grooved and part-drilled front discs are grabbed by four-pot Brembo calipers with unique Mintex pads – and MINI says they’re fine for road use even when cold (so don’t need warming up, unlike the racers’ brakes).

MINI John Cooper Works Challenge 2016

How do you spot a MINI JCW Challenge? From its bigger front air intakes, beefier wheelarch extensions (to cover those wider wheels) and large rear spoiler. There’s also a brace of MINI JCW Pro accessories, including the aero kit and carbon fibre details including door mirror covers and exhaust tailpipes.

All MINI John Cooper Works Challenge are painted White Silver, have unique graphics, black alloys and a black roof. They also have LED headlights, a carbon black interior and the £32,000 price is all-in: no options can be added on.

MINI John Cooper Works Challenge 2016

2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed visitors will see it in the metal for the first time from 23-26 June, although enthusiasts eager to get one of the 100 models can place an order for the MINI John Cooper Works Challenge from now.

Mercedes GP at Festival of Speed

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