It’s that time of year again: The 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed is well underway, and our reporters are down there in sunny Sussex sampling the best the year’s biggest motoring event has to offer. The action from the 2015 Goodwood FoS should be thrilling, and we’re on hand to get the lowdown on the biggest new cars and the jaw-dropping classics.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed kicked off with the Moving Motor Show where the public enjoyed seeing, hearing and even driving a choice selection of the latest new production cars. Now the Goodwood FoS proper is go! The event is full of exotic metal from frisky hot hatches to full-blown hypercars, as well as one-off racing prototypes and brand new concepts all taking their turns on the hill. The event will run through until Sunday the 28th of June, with static displays and other attractions adding to the spectacle.
As always, we’re bringing you the pick of the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed action right here on this page. Bookmark us now and call back for all the action of the festival whether you’ve got tickets or not…
Latest news from Goodwood 2015
Goodwood Festival of Speed: live gallery
Click through the gallery below for a flavour of the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed…
The Goodwood FoS sculpture
For 18 years we’ve seen dramatic sculptures from designer Gerry Judah grace the front lawn of Goodwood house, and this year he’s collaborated with show sponsors Mazda to create a centrepiece inspired by the Japanese firm’s ‘Soul in Motion’ tagline.
The 2015 Goodwood sculpture is based around the theme of “Flat Out and Fearless: Racing on the Edge”. The towering design features 720 metal beams twirling 40 metres upwards, not entirely dissimilar to the double-helix structure of DNA. At the top is Mazda’s legendary rotary-engined 787B Le Mans racer, and the LM55 Gran Turismo Vision concept. The whole feature is said to weigh 120 tonnes. Read more here…
The key cars to see at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015
• Ford Focus RS – a dynamic debut for Ford’s new hyper hatch
• Aston Martin Vulcan: Stunning £1.8million, 800bhp+ track-only hypercar
• Lexus GS-F – New M5 worrier from Lexus
• Ferrari 488 GTB – Ferrari’s 458 Italia successor is somehow even better
• Mazda MX5 – Everyone’s favourite roadster is tackling the hillclimb
• Mclaren P1 GTR – McLaren’s track focused hypercar will scream up the hill
• Ferrari LaFerrari FXXK – Ultimate version of the LaFerrari hypercar
• New Audi R8 – 602bhp V10 supercar will make dramatic first UK debut
• Honda Civic Type R – Honda’s new hot hatch is guaranteed to be a hit with fans
Goodwood Festival of Speed: live video stream
The official Goodwood FoS video stream runs from 6pm on Thursday 25th until the Festival closes on Sunday night, enjoy the show…
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015: manufacturers A to Z
Below is a full summary of all the production models that either tackle the hillclimb, appear in the Moving Motor Show or debut as static displays on the manufactuer stands…
Aston is delivering the goods with the first moving debut of its Vantage GT12 supercar, and is being driven up the hillclimb by CEO Andy Palmer himself. Tipped as the ultimate version of the current Vantage breed, the 592bhp GT12 is road-legal but track prepared, with 100 units sold out already. We have also seen the dramatic Vulcan hypercar concept, a track-only and completely rebodied rendition of the One-77 with over 800bhp and a £1.8million pricetag. As for production models, the new DB9 GT special edition takes a bow.
The German firm’s stand is potentially the best sounding of the bunch at Goodwood this year. The all-new R8 V10 is firing its engine up and hitting the track in its first UK debut, as is the new 362bhp RS3 Sportback mega-hatch. The new Q7 SUV is also available to drive on an off-road course, while the R10 Le Mans car is there too.
Starring at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is Bentley’s updated Continental GT, challenging its more powerful 6.0-litre W12 twin turbo engine on the hillclimb. With a maximum speed of 197mph and increased output from 567 bhp to 582bhp, the Continental GT’s cylinder deactivation technology even improves its fuel economy by 5%.
For the first time at Goodwood there are two separate stands run by Citroen. The newly launched ‘DS’ marque begins its new solo career as a premium brand, and is showcasing its new models, including the facelifted DS 3 and new DS 5. The chic DS Divine concept also on the stands, a design study that previews styling for the next generation of DS models.
The 488 GTB is Ferrari’s turbocharged 458 successor, with a mid-mounted 3.9-litre forced induction V8 producing 660bhp with a top speed of 205mph. At the other end of the scale is Ferrari’s €2.5m track monster. The FXX K has a V12 engine with an output of 1,036bhp and and F1-inspired hybrid powertrain maximizing its track performance.
The Blue Oval is aiming to impress this year with the first UK introduction of both the new Ford Focus RS and Europe-spec Ford Mustang, and even the Ford GT supercar. The 316bhp, four-wheel drive hot hatch monster will be using its new ‘Drift’ mode to full advantage up the hillclimb, while Ford’s latest generation of iconic muscle car ismaking its first UK hillclimb debut.
The Japanese firm is exciting hot hatch enthusiasts with the hillclimb debut of its new 306bhp Civic Type R hatch. The bonkers hatchback is also joined by the hotly anticipated new NSX supercar. The Type R is on sale now, but we’ll have to wait until the end of the year to get hold of the 550bhp hybrid NSX. The all-new Honda Jazz and HR-V small crossover are on the stands, too.
Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti has brought along not one, but three showstopping concepts to Goodwood. We doubt they’ll make any hillclimb debut, but on the stands are the Q60 Concept, the stunning Q80 Inspiration coupe, and the QX30 crossover concept that will hit showrooms at the start of 2016.
The big cat is making four Goodwood debuts this year. The brand-new XF saloon is gracing the stands for the first time in the UK, before deliveries are made in the autumn. The recently revealed Jaguar XJ facelift is also on show, alongside the XJR Bloodhound rapid response car and the limited-run F-Type Project 7 production car.
Lotus is unveiling a new hardcore track-day sports car at Goodwood this year. Expected to be called the 3-Eleven, it will follow the example made of the stripped-out 2-Eleven from 2007, except it should get much more power and even less weight. We’ll have all the details in the coming weeks.
Toyota‘s premium division has brought along the brand new GS-F super saloon to the Goodwood Moving Motor Show. It’ll fire up its 470bhp 5.0-litre V8 and tackle the hillclimb, the first time we’ll have seen the GS-F on the move since it was revealed at this year’s Detroit Motor Show. We’ll also see the LFA supercar, as well as various models from the Japanese firm’s performance range.
The world’s best-selling two-seater sports car is now in its fourth generation, and the sharp new model has made its UK debut during the Festival of Speed. The new Mazda MX-5 is shorter, lower, wider and lighter (by 100kg) than the current model, and is available to order now with prices starting from £18,495. As well as the new roadster, the 2 supermini and new CX-3 crossover are on show.
Mclaren’s loudest display at Goodwood is the track-ready P1 GTR hypercar. For the price of £1.9m the hybrid P1 GTR produces 978bhp and weighs 50kg less than the road-going P1. The GTR pushes the standard P1’s 3.8-litre twin turbo V8 and electric motor powertrain even further, and is also lower and wider than the road car. We will also see debuts from the new ‘entry-level’ 570S, and the 666bhp 675LT ‘Long-Tail’ supercar.
It’s the dawn of the crazy crossover over at Nissan, with the unveiling and hillclimb debut of the bonkers Juke-R 2.0. Like the Juke-R but with the wick turned up even further, the Nismo will get nearly 600bhp from it’s GT-R sourced powertrain and four-wheel drive, all squeezed under the swollen body of a tiny crossover. Like before, a handful will be built by motorsport specialists RML in the UK, but don’t expect to get your hands on one for less that £400,000.
The French firm orginally promised us “something bigger than usual” at Goodwood and the brand has delivered, with the debut of the hot new 308 GTi. With up to 270bhp from a 1.6-litre turbo petrol, the Ford Focus ST rival will go on sale later this year. Also at the show is the 493bhp 308 R-Hybrid and facelifted 208.
Another Gaelic hot hatch making its first UK appearance is the new Clio 220 Trophy. Fettled further than the standard Clio Renaultsport, it’s been lowered, stiffened, sharpened-up and given 20hp extra, while it also gets a higher rev limit and faster steering, while gearchanges from the dual-clutch autobox are said to be up to 50 per cent quicker. The new Alpine coupe concept that we previously saw at Le Mans this year is also on show. It previews the first production Alpine model due sometime in 2016, and is part of a celebration of 60 years of Alpine racing and production cars.
The Spanish outfit is debuting the facelifted and fettled version of its Ibiza supermini for the first time in the UK. Alongside this will be the two new flagships to the Leon estate range: the rugged X-Perience and Cupra ST hot load-lugger.
Toyota is showing a collection of GT 86s with classic racing liveries, as well as a stunning 2000GT on its manufacturer stand.
Luton’s finest new models will be on display and tackling the hillclimb, including the all-new Viva city car. There will be a 1,400bhp VXR ‘roadtrain’ setting the pace, starting with the new Corsa VXR and heading up to the 576bhp VXR8 GTS.
VW is pulling out all the stops and making several UK debuts at Goodwood. The striking Sport Coupe GTE concept (that previews a new Passat CC), the radical Ducati-engined XL Sport and Golf R400 concept are all making an appearance. The new Polo WRC car will also tackle the hill.
Goodwood FoS 2015: The classics, the racers and the special guests
This year’s festival theme is “Flatout and Fearless: Racing on the Edge”. It’s set to be one of the most action-packed Goodwood FoS events yet for motorsport fans, in particular motorbike enthusiasts, as MotoGP racing legend Valentino Rossi will make his debut at Goodwood for the first time, alongside Casey Stoner.
Five of the top Formula One racing teams will be in attendance to showcase their latest championship race cars: Mercedes, Red Bull, Ferrari, Mclaren and Williams. Current F1 racers Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen will also be part of the action.
There will also be four LMP1 Le Mans Endurance prototype models from Audi, Porsche, Nissan and Toyota, along with a huge display for NASCAR including legends Richard Petty and Bobby Labonte.
Stirling Moss will also be in attendance, celebrating the 60th anniversary of his landmark victory at Mille Miglia in 1955. Seven of the historic Mercedes 300 SLR racers will also be brought along and will tackle the hillclimb.
Alongside the hillclimb stage, the Festival of Speed also features the traditional Concours d’elegance, with a celebration of the 80th birthday of Figoni et Falaschi cars, and cars marking the 60th anniversary of Citroen’s DS badge (now a separate brand). An enlarged Michelin Supercar Run and Brooklands supercar paddock will also make a return.
Mazda has been chosen as this year’s featured manufacturer, and will showcase all of its latest production models and heritage vehicles, including its Le Mans-winning 787B racer which will take on the hillclimb. A celebration of historic hypercars right up to the present day will also see the first vehicles to top 200mph making their mark on the famous hill.
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