Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015: preview

Calling all petrolheads, the 22nd annual Goodwood Festival of Speed is fast approaching. All the 2015 Goodwood FoS action will be kicking off over the last weekend of June (25th to 28th) and we’ve got a full preview of all the action right here.

Goodwood is a bit different from other classic car festivals or motor shows, because amazing cars both old and new will tackle the iconic Goodwood hillclimb circuit with varying degrees of comitment. Goodwood is not only about the sight of the cars but the sound and the smell too. 

The historic setting of the sprawling Goodwood estate in West Sussex plays host to over 100,000 people at the Festival of Speed every year, making it one of the most popular car events in Britain. Some serious new metal, historic racers and bonkers supercars are taken to the limit on the hillclimb, but there’s also new concepts on display and special guests from the world of motoring.

The Goodwood Moving Motor Show opens its doors on Thursday 25th June giving punters the chance to see but also drive the latest production cars from many top brands. Then it’s Festival of Speed proper from Friday 26th onwards and Goodwood guests have the tricky problem of how to divide their time between the hillclimb course, the rally stage, the supercar paddock, the GAS (Goodwood Action Sports) arena and countless other attractions. 

As always, we’ll be 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 flavour of the festival whether you’ve got tickets or not…

The key cars at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015

• Ford Focus RS – a dynamic debut for Ford’s new hyper hatch 
• Lexus GS-F – New M5 worrier from Lexus will be at the Moving Motor Show
• Ferrari 488 GTB – Ferrari’s 458 Italia successor is somehow even better
• Mazda MX5 – Everyone’s favourite roadster will be in the Moving Motor Show
• Mclaren P1 GTR – McLaren’s track focused hypercar will scream up the hill
• Ferrari LaFerrari FXXK – Ultimate version of the LaFerrari hypercar  
• Bentley Continental GT – Updated Bentley Continental GT to take a bow
• Honda Civic Type R – Honda’s new hot hatch is guaranteed to be a hit with fans

Goodwood Festival of Speed 2015: manufacturers A to Z

Below is a full summary of all the production models that either tackle the hillclimb in the Moving Motor Show, or debut as static displays on the manufactuer stands…

Aston Martin

Aston will be delivering the goods with the first moving debut of its Vantage GT12 supercar. Tipped as the ultimate version of the current Vantage breed, the 592bhp GT12 is road-legal but track prepared, and the full production run of 100 units is already sold out despite the £250,000 pricetag.

Bentley 

Coming to 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%. 

Citroen/DS

For the first time at Goodwood there will be two separate stands run by Citroen. The newly launched ‘DS’ begins its solo career as a premium brand, and will be showcasing its new models, including the facelifted DS 3 and new DS 5. The chic DS Divine concept will also be on the stands, a design study that previews styling for the next generation of DS models.

Ferrari

The best news for many Goodwood goers this summer is that the Ferrari 488 GTB and the Ferrari FXX K will be tackling the 1.6-mile hillclimb. 

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 205 mph. 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.  

Ford

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 possibly even the Ford GT supercar. The 316bhp, four-wheel drive hot hatch monster will using its new ‘Drift’ mode to full advantage round the hillclimb, while Ford’s latest generation of iconic muscle car will be making its first UK hillclimb debut.

Honda

The Japanese firm will be exciting hot hatch enthusiasts with the hillclimb debut of its new 306bhp Civic Type R hatch. The bonkers hatchback will also be 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. We’ll also see the all-new Honda Jazz and HR-V small crossover on the stands.

Infiniti

Nissan’s luxury brand Infiniti will bring along not one, but three showstopping concepts to Goodwood. We doubt they’ll make any hillclimb debut, but on the stands will be the Q60 Concept, the stunning Q80 Inspiration coupe, and the QX30 crossover concept that will hot showrooms at the start of 2016.

Lexus

Toyota‘s premium division has announced it will be bringing 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.

Mazda

The world’s best-selling two-seater sports car is now in its fourth generation, and the sharp new model wll make 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.

Mclaren

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.

Peugeot

The French firm orginally promised us “something bigger than usual” at Goodwood and it looks like they’re going to deliver, with the debut of the hot new 308 GTi promised. Expected to get 270bhp from a 1.6-litre turbo petrol, the Ford Focus ST rival will go on sale later this year. Also at the show will be the 493bhp 308 R-Hybrid.

SEAT

The Spanish outfit has announced it will be bringing along the facelifted and fettled version of its Ibiza supermini, which will be its first UK debut. Alongside this will be the two new flagships to the Leon estate range: the rugged X-Perience and Cupra ST hot load-lugger.

Toyota

Although we won’t be seeing any new models from Toyota this year, the Japanese outfit will be bringing along the stunning FT-1 sports car concept from 2014, as well as models from its current range.

Vauxhall

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.

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. 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 Kerry Earnhart.

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.

Tell us what you’re looking forward to most at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the comments section below…

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