Five Reasons Why This Years Goodwood Festival of Speed is Good

The Goodwood Festival of Speed should be on everyone's bucket list. Here's why the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed is better than last year.

Pagani Zonda R EVO

Five Reasons Why This Years Goodwood Festival of Speed is Good

Our favorite track day special is getting an update. The never ending onslaught of special edition and one-of-one Zondas continues. This time its an updated version of the illegal-everywhere Pagani Zonda R. Tweaks and improvements to the 6.0-liter AMG F V-12 pushes output to 760 horsepower; the same as in the Zonda 760RS. Changes warranting the EVO label  include an even more aggressive front splitter, front winglets , and a new rear decklid that incorporates a twin spoiler setup. All this should help the EVO's stability when it attacks the Nürburgring sometime later this year. With more power, probably less weight and improved aero, the Pagani Zonda R EVO should have no problem besting the "regular" Zonda R's 'Ring time of 6:47. In the meantime, we can't wait for the unfiltered V-12 to rocket up the hill,  shattering the ear drums of all in attendance.  
Five Reasons Why This Years Goodwood Festival of Speed is Good
As always,  Pagani's attention to detail is impeccable.
AC 378 GT
Five Reasons Why This Years Goodwood Festival of Speed is Good
The AC name is still alive, and is having a big coming-out party for its all new production car, the AC 378 GT. The Zagato design made a first appearance as it showed at Geneva earlier this year, but its arrival at Goodwood almost guarantees spectators will get to see it in action for the first time.  The 378 is most recent car, in a long line of cars, designed by Zagato for the small British manfucaturer. Staying true to a proven formula , the 378 GT is powered by a 6.2L GM-sourced LS motor making 438 horsepower. It  hits 60 mph in under 4 seconds and  powers to a top speed of 185 mph.  We love how the underdog British automotive cottage industry refuses to die, and keeps putting out really cool cars for enthusiasts to enjoy. We'll be cheering for AC from our side of the pond. 2013 Mclaren MP4-12C
Five Reasons Why This Years Goodwood Festival of Speed is Good
You know Darth Vader was British right?
The everyday supercar, the MP4-12C gets a generous 23 horsepower increase for 2013. The grand total? 613 hp. What's not to like about that?  We should expect to see the 2013 model make at least one run up the hill with Formula one driver Jenson Button behind the wheel. The MP4-12C  GT3 should also be making an appearance as well. With its flame spitting V-8 and raucous sound, the McLaren cars should be an exciting part of the weekend's festivities. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Glp0Scj6GM&feature=player_detailpage#t=31s Jaguar XF Sport Brake
Five Reasons Why This Years Goodwood Festival of Speed is Good
We like a pussy cat with junk in the trunk
We make no secret of the fact that we love wagons. We also love Jaguars, so when the Coventry-based automaker  annoucnced it would be unveiling a wagon version of the sexy XF sedan we got a little excited. Unfortunately for us, Jaguar plans to only unveil two new engines that we will get, instead of giving us the sexy XF Sport Brake. Bummer. We were looking forward to a third addition to the standing burnout crew at the local elementary school this fall. 2012 Chevrolet Camaro 45th Anniversary Edition
Five Reasons Why This Years Goodwood Festival of Speed is Good
Nice stripes bro?
Interestingly, Cheverolet is debuting a special version of the Camaro at GoodWood...which is in the U.K.  The special edition comes with some style updates and a bump in horsepower...to the V-6. Yes, Cheverolet is celebrating the 45th anniversary of one of its most iconic cars by sexying up the base model. Not to say that the V-6 isn't powerful, but lets be honest it's no ZL1. Nevertheless, the V-6 Camaro will make 323 hp (up from 313 hp) , thanks to some modifications that also make the engine lighter as well. Everything said done, it will still get an impressive 30 mpg. With the six-speed transmission, it could be a fun way to get up the hill at Goodwood, and may actually get some Europeans to buy the Camaro. The jury is still out on the stripes though. See more coverage of the Goodwood Festival of Speed here.

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