The Goodwood Festival of Speed is like a more exciting auto show as you have the opportunity to check out the cars in action while being driven up the hill, not just sitting pretty under the glamorous spotlight. It’s gaining traction with each passing year and more and more automakers are beginning to pay special attention to the event. Take for example Porsche. It had two dynamic debuts at the event, the 911 Turbo S Exclusive Series and the mighty 911 GT2 RS.
Another relevant example would have to be Jaguar, also with two cars: the slightly more powerful XJR and the XE SV Project 8 – the brand’s most powerful road-going production model ever. Aston Martin was also there to show off the previously unseen track-only Vulcan AMR Pro while Maserati unveiled the GranTurismo Convertible / GranCabrio.
The star-studded list of supercars included just about everything you’d ever want to see being pushed hard between the hay bales, including the Bugatti Chiron, Nissan GT-R Nismo, and the hardcore Pagani Zonda 760RS. A lovely blue duo consisting of a Lexus LFA and an Acura NSX also visited Goodwood, along with some special stuff like the Zenvo TSR, Rimac Concept_S, Noble M600 Speedster, and the McLaren P1 LM.
But it wasn’t all about cars with a ridiculous amount of horsepower as the Festival of Speed was also the venue where the BMW i8 made an appearance, as well as the new Range Rover Velar, the humble Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer, the gorgeous Alpine A110, and the oddball Nissan BladeGlider. And, of course, who can forget about the Rolls-Royce Sweptail? Likely the most expensive new car ever made.
Some cars didn’t make it up the hill in one place as the Ferrari 458 GT2 and the rare Ford RS200 Evolution crashed, but both will live to see another day, much like a Chevy NASCAR car.
Lastly, the Range Rover Sport SVR and the McLaren 720S both made an impression at the festival as the former completed a section of the run on just two wheels while the latter was immortalized in 267,300 Lego bricks.