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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.

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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.

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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

Image Of The Day 3 July 2014: Mercedes classic F1 and FoS

Mercedes GP at Festival of SpeedA beautiful vintage Mercedes Grand Prix car passing under the iconic Goodwood Festival of Speed bridge – but what’s that? The passenger pointing at the tricky, unsighted and fast-looming Molecomb corner? Surely he’s not saying to the driver, “that’s where Sir Chris Hoy went off”..?

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200,000 gate for ‘biggest ever’ Goodwood Festival of Speed

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Goodwood FoS 2014 Hawker Hunter

Hawker Hunter Jet sets new Goodwood FoS Hill Climb record

Goodwood FoS 2014 Hawker HunterA Midair Squadron Hawker Hunter XL577 established a new Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill Climb record last weekend with an astonishing 9.98-second run to the top. Read more

Real vs Virtual Ford Gran Turismo Goodwood FoS

Real Stig beats gamer in Ford ‘Virtual vs Real’ race

Real vs Virtual Ford Gran Turismo Goodwood FoSThe world’s first ‘Virtual vs Real’ race to be held at the Goodwood Festival Hill Climb was won last weekend by Ben ‘the former (real?) Stig’ Collins driving a ‘real’ Ford Focus ST. Read more

Goodwood FoS Jaguar E-type Group 44

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014: Not driving up the hill

Goodwood FoS Jaguar E-type Group 44The Jaguar E-type Group 44 racer is a 450hp racer that competed in the 1974 Group B production car championship of the Sports Car Club of America. And on Saturday, I was driving it up the hill. Read more

Bentley Continental GT3-R Goodwood FoS

Bentley Continental GT3-R: £237,500 (but training from the Bentley Boys is free)

Bentley Continental GT3-R Goodwood FoSBentley revealed its 580hp Continental GT3-R limited edition model at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014 – and announced it is estimated to cost an astonishing £237,500. Read more

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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2014: Supercar Car Park – in pictures

The Goodwood Festival of Speed supercar car park is back for 2014: here, we walk it.

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Aston Martin DP-100 Vision Gran Turismo Concept revealed at Goodwood FoS

Aston Martin DP-100Aston Martin has launched the latest Vision Gran Turismo racer – and the virtual-only Design Prototype 100 will be ‘launched’ for in-game play on Gran Turismo 6 next month.

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