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|Goodwood Festival of Speed This Weekend!||
The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed is to be held this weekend in West Sussex, England. And in honour of the great festival, we are taking a look at the hottest new supercars making their debut at Goodwood this year.
This years festival is set to be something quite spectacular because it is the 20th anniversary of this popular festival. And it is obvious that the public knows that this year will be something special, as the tickets to the festival has already been sold out!
With an expected attendance of 185 000+ spectators, the organizers have made sure that the festival will not disappoint and that the spectators definitely get their money’s worth.
One of the main attractions at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, is the Supercar Run and the First Glance classes. These events gather the latest and most exciting new, high performance models from around the world.
The Supercar Run and the First Glance classes not only attract the public, but many high profile names in the racing world. Formula One racers, car manufacturers and even celebrities queue to see the latest on offer in the world of supercars.
This year’s festival boasts a wonderful list of amazing cars making their debut at the festival. From dynamics debuts to first UK sightings – it sure to be super exciting! Some of the most notable ones include:
The much anticipated McLaren P1. The Alfa Romeo 4C. The Rolls-Royce Wraith. The Bertone Aston Martin Jet 2+2. The Maserati Ghibli and, of course, the futuristic Peugeot Onyx. See them all in the gallery below.
Over all, more than 75 new supercars and first glance cars will be showing off at the festival!
It’s times like these that we start praying for a festival like Goodwood to happen right here in South Africa… now wouldn’t that be exciting?!
Source: Goodwood Festival of Speed
|Spitfire Fighter Plane vs New Range Rover Sport||
Range Rover sure knows how to get people talking about their brand, if this video is anything to go by!
Range Rover recently organized a rather unique, yet terribly thrilling, off-road challenge featuring their all new Range Rover Sport.
The latest Range Rover is set to make it’s official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next week.
Surely to create some hype around it’s debut, the new Range Rover took part in a duel with a classic, 1945 Vickers Supermarine Spitfire, to see which one is “the real off-road master”
The race was a straight drag run up and down a grass airstrip at the Goodwood Aerodrome. The race was also punctuated by a nasty and quite difficult, U-turn.
Gallery: Ready for action – The Spitfire and The Range Rover
It might seem like a futile attempt for the Range Rover, as the Spitfire boasts a 1750-hp V12 Merlin engine. This of course ensures the Spitfire a take-off speed of 130km/h and a whopping 643km/h airspeed!
The Range Rover Sport, on the other hand, has a 510-hp, supercharged V8 engine. Range Rover’s latest creation clocked in at an amazing 209km/h at the turn, which actually made the race pretty close.
The race was head-to-head right down to the finish line…
Check out the video below to see who eventually took top honours:
|Jaguar Shows Off The New F-Type At Goodwood: Video||
Jaguar’s history is tied to sports cars, something the British automaker hasn’t really built in the past few decades. That’s about to change with the introduction of the new F-Type, scheduled to hit the market in the middle of next year. Designed as a driver’s car and coming first in roadster form, the F-Type will be powered by a supercharged 3.0-liter V-6 good for 380 horsepower, and there’s even talk of a V-8 for range-topping models.
As you can hear in the video above, no audio system will be necessary (although we’re sure Jaguar will include one). When wound out, the forced-induction six sounds impressive, and we’d be happy listening to that sound all day long. The car looks good, too (despite the camouflage), and the development prototype certainly seems to handle well enough.
The big mystery remaining is the price. The F-Type will do battle with cars like the Porsche Boxster, which starts at about $50,00, and the BMW Z4, which begins at about $49,500. If Jaguar can keep the price in the same ballpark for a car with more power and balanced handling, we have no doubt that the F-Type will prove to be the hit that Jaguar needs. Better yet, it has the potential of luring new buyers into the fold, ensuring that the brand from Coventry has a long future ahead of it.
|Goodwood Festival of Speed Parade of Supercars: Video & Images||
Nothing in the world makes sounds like a supercar, at least not in the natural form. An avid enthusiast, at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in England, setup an excellent viewing point to film most of the exotic vehicles as they paraded their way to the paddock after an exciting hill climb. The vehicles running up the hill, many featured in the video below, ranged from newly introduced concepts, to new production sports cars. Hit up the jump to view the 9 minute video and additional images below. Enjoy!
[images source: carbuzz]
|Pagani Zonda R Evo Making Rounds At Goodwood: Images & Videos||
We promised some information on the new Pagani Zonda R Evo after they revealed it to the public at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Hopefully the videos and images posted below will at least meet your expectations.
The news out of Goodwood puts the power of the new Zonda R Evo at 789 horsepower. Although that figure has been confirmed yet, just looking at this menacing machine is enough to get your heart pumping. Enjoy!
|Toyota to Debut 315 Horsepower Gazoo Racing Toyota GT86 (FR-S/BRZ) at Goodwood||
The new Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ here in America, together, are the hottest and most-talked about compact sports cars around currently. Aftermarket vendors have recognized this and gone into overtime to develop and market modifications for the vehicles. Overseas, known as the Toyota GT86, the new RWD sports coupe has received modifications from all angles, specifically, forced induction courtesy of Gazoo Racing.
The twin-force-fed Toyota GT86 utilizes a combination of a turbocharger and supercharger to work in sync virtually eliminating lag and peeking out at 315 horsepower with 311 pound-feet of torque. The modified Gazoo Racing Toyota GT86 is set to debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend.
Another surprise to Goodwood will be a TRD variant of the Toyota GT86 featuring aesthetically accessorized modifications instead increased power. The TRD version also receives a short-shifter kit, larger 18-inch wheels and tires, performance exhaust and TRD badges. Reportedly, the GT86 TRD package will be available in the U.K. sometime in 2013.
With the barrage of new modifications and TRD add-ons coming down the pipeline, it is only a matter of time that we see new variations of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ offered here in the states. Of course we should not expect forced induction mods to be offered at your local dealerships, but the TRD ‘kit’ may be a realistic probability.
|Mazda To Debut MX-5 GT Concept At Goodwood||
For years, the Mazda MX-5 has been the undisputed low-buck performance king, but the new Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ now threaten to snatch that particular crown away from Mazda. While the Scion and Subaru are a bit heavier than the Mazda, they also have the benefit of making 200 horsepower, compared to the MX-5’s 167 horsepower.
The current Mazda MX-5 is approaching the end of its product life, too, which means that the automaker is hesitant to invest money in a model about to be replaced. That doesn’t mean it can’t crank out a special edition, as demonstrated by the MX-5 GT Concept to be shown at this weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Aside from the Halloween-themed orange and black paint job, the MX-5 GT Concept gets a Scion FR-S/Subaru BRZ-fighting boost to 205 horsepower, courtesy of intake, exhaust and ECU mods. There’s a lower ride height, courtesy of an adjustable suspension, and the concept wears larger wheels with (barely) road-legal tires.
Inside, there are Recaro seats, plenty of carbon fiber trim and “roll hoops” sprayed in the body’s color. Mazda stops short of calling these competition approved, so our guess is that the roll hoops are meant more as a style element than as safety gear.
Mazda is interested in customer feedback about this effort, which means that a limited-production run (likely for the U.K. only) is a possibility.
|Pagani Zonda R EVO To Be Introduced at Goodwood Festival of Speed||
As it seems, supercar maker Pagani does not plan on slowing down any time soon as they make plans to introduce a new Zonda R Evo at the upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Reportedly, the plan from Pagani is to have former Formula One driver Bernd Schneider drive the speculated 6.0-liter V12 760 horsepower Zonda R Evo up the hill. With the new Zonda R Evo expected to reach 60mph in 2.7 seconds and top out at 218 mph, we will be sure to report on the very first test drives of this new Italian beast.
|Porsche’s 961 At The Goodwood Festival Of Speed||
Unless you’re a die-hard Porsche aficionado, chances are that you’ve never heard of their 961 race car. Based on the 959 supercar from the 1980s, the 961 has the distinction of being the only all-wheel-drive car to ever compete at Le Mans. Compete it did, and the car’s first test at Le Mans ahead of the 1986 race yielded some surprising results. The car was tenth fastest overall, which made it faster than several cars in the prototype class, but a Le Mans victory was not in the cards. In 1986, the 961 finished seventh, still an admirable showing for the car’s competition debut.
The car then crossed the pond to race at Daytona in the final round of the Camel GT Championship. Due to the car’s capabilities, it was forced to compete in the GT-Prototype class, against cars like the legendary Porsche 962. The Dunlop tires developed for the 961 weren’t capable of the sustained loading caused by Daytona’s naked turns, and the car suffered several high-speed blowouts during the race. Forced to drive at a tire-saving pace, the 961 finished 24th overall.
The car’s last outing was at Le Mans in 1987, where it never ran higher than 11th overall and retired early due to a gearbox failure, crash and subsequent fire. The car was retired from competition after the 1987 LeMans race, rebuilt and displayed in Porsche’s Museum. Enjoy the car’s run up the hill at Goodwood in the video below.
|Honda CR-Z Mugen In Action [Video]||
We have for you a video of the Honda CR-Z Mugen, expected to debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed next month. But, before that have a look at the snaps below.
The performance-oriented hybrid model is the culmination of a joint project by Honda and Euro Mugen.
CR-Z Mugen will be powered by a supercharged 1.5-liter engine and an IMA hybrid system that together develop a total output of around 200 PS (147 kW / 197 hp) and 181 lb-ft (245 Nm) of torque. Besides, it can accelerate from 0-60 mph (96 km/h) in just 6.6 seconds.
So, let’s wait for the Goodwood Festival of Speed scheduled between July 1 and July 3 at the Goodwood Park in the UK.
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