A flying drone car, a one-off Ferrari, a new McLaren supercar and much more can be expected to be seen at 2019’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
It’s that beautiful time again where we get to witness the greatest and most interesting car event of the year – Goodwood Festival of Speed. This year there’s a flying car, a fantastic new centre monument and of course, countless supercars and luxury cars including a new one-off Ferrari, the new Bentley Flying Spur and the most extreme Ford GT ever.
The flying car
The Airspeeder, built by an Australian start-up called Alauda, is a vision of the future of Motorsport. It’s a manned, battery-powered quadcopter built for a Motorsport that doesn’t yet exist and it all sounds very exciting. We’re sure it’ll be the talk of the town at the event and we’re looking forward to seeing just how real and operational this concept is.
Ferrari’s are exciting enough as it is, but this one-off open-top model will have people talking even more than usual. The Ferrari P80/C is based on the 488 GT3 and features bespoke bodywork including a huge and instantly-iconic rear carbon spoiler. The car is a bespoke order and Ferrari have worked very closely with the client to deliver a completely unique offering for a, presumably, very wealthy customer.
“The Ferrari Styling Centre’s goal was to create a resolutely modern car that made no major concessions to the past, apart from attempting to recreate the sensual shape of those iconic models (1966 Dino 206 S and 330 P3/P4) through more muscular wings formed by the intersection of concave and convex surfaces.”
It’ll make its debut at Goodwood and all eyes will be fixed on the gleaming red machine as it climbs up the famous Goodwood hill.
Motorsport record breakers
According to the official website, we can expect to see celebrations of “drivers, riders, cars, motorcycles and teams that have gone further than their contemporaries in pursuit of glory”. This part of the show is rather elusive at the moment and we’ll just have to wait and see what unfolds.
Limited Edition Ford GT Mk II
Created by Ford Performance and Multimatic, this GT is for track use only and is tuned for competitive racing. The 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine produces 700 horsepower and the aerodynamics are optimised even further to generate over 400% more downforce than the standard Ford GT. The car is 90kg lighter, the transmission is specially-calibrated for racing and the engine features new cooling technology including a water sprayer, allowing for high power performance at high temperatures.
Hau Thai-Tang, Ford chief product development and purchasing officer, had this to say about the extreme hypercar:
“The GT Mk II unleashes the full performance potential of the Ford GT without any artificial performance limitations dictated by racing sanctioning bodies,”
“It’s the closest GT owners can get to the Le Mans-winning performance and exhilarating feeling of crossing the finish line in the Ford GT race car.”
There will only be 45 models made and the starting MSRP is an eye-watering $1.2 million. This Ford GT is the real deal and you can expect to see it at Goodwood.
Many new cars being shown off
Ford’s new Puma (which is NOT the sports coupe it used to be), as well as their Focus ST, will be able to be seen in the flesh this weekend. The upcoming Honda e will also be making its UK debut at Goodwood, showing off its unusual retro-futuristic style and digital wing mirrors, along with it’s older, faster sibling, the new 2019 Honda NSX.
Speaking of electric cars, one interesting piece you can expect to see is the Lightyear One. This EV differentiates itself from the competition by offering solar charging using panels on the top of the car.
Once again, we can expect to see an ‘electrified’ classic Ford Mustang, this one being from Charge Automotive, a London-based electric car manufacturer specialising in making electric Mustangs. Charge’s electric Mustang offers buyers a brand new, AWD 60’s Fastback Eleanor body Mustang that’s capable of 0-60 mph in just 3.99 seconds and has 200 miles of range. Starting at £300,000, only 499 will be made and each offers luxury bespoke interiors and state-of-the-art components. We won’t be able to appreciate the sound, but we sure can appreciate this brilliant modernisation of a timeless classic.
Special edition racing variants of the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio will be making an appearance this Goodwood, showing off their red and white livery along with their Sparco carbon fibre-shell bucket seats making two already-cool cars that extra bit cooler.
McLaren’s new GT
This is McLaren’s first ever grand tourer. Designed for long, cross-country journeys rather than short sprints, the GT will be luxurious, comfortable and still very engaging to drive. It’s capable of 0-124mph in just 9 seconds, so the performance is still very clearly present and practicality is also present with a huge luggage capacity of 570 litres.
“The new McLaren GT combines competition levels of performance with continent-crossing capability, wrapped in a beautiful body and true to McLaren’s ethos of designing superlight cars with a clear weight advantage over rivals. Designed for distance, it provides the comfort and space expected of a Grand Tourer, but with a level of agility never experienced before in this segment. In short, this is a car that redefines the notion of a Grand Tourer in a way that only a McLaren could.” – Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer, McLaren Automotive
In any case, it’s a new McLaren supercar so why wouldn’t you be excited?
Bentley Flying Spur
The Flying Spur was only announced the other week and we’re already being treated to a real-life demo of the new luxury super saloon. Bentley’s new Continental GT was making all the right moves in terms of design and the same stunning cosmetic upgrade can be expected to be enjoyed on the new Flying Spur as well. Seeing it in the flesh this weekend will be a very enjoyable experience for anyone lucky enough to be attending.
Those are just some of the many marvellous motors that will be on show at Goodwood with many more amazing sights to be seen.
Tell us, what are you most looking forward to seeing at Goodwood? Let us know in the comments!
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