The Goodwood Festival of speed is a celebration of pure driving bliss for many. This annual event takes place at the Lord March’s Goodwood Estate in England. The event includes a mandatory hill climb, among other exhibition events. The Goodwood FOS is also a platform for manufacturers to showcase their new and mighty arsenal.
Here is a list of some of the unique and fastest cars at this year’s event. There is a record breaker among them too!
Volkswagen ID R Racecar
After its tremendous success at the Pikes Peak and the Nurburgring, the electric supercar from Volkswagen now beats the Goodwood FOS hill climb record. The engineers removed extra batteries and also fine tuned the car specifically for the 1.16 mile stretch. This let the car beat the previous 1999 record by a Mclaren F1 in just 39.9 seconds.
De Tomaso P72
Not many may recognize this name in this day and age. But the De Tomaso Pantera was quite popular back in the 70s. But the company came to an abrupt end due to financial difficulties. The company is planning to produce just 72 units of the new P72. The car tries to emulate the De Tomaso P70 racing car. However, it is also oddly similar to the Ferrari P4/5.
The entire design of the car, from inside to outside is not spaceship modern, but instead has a classic vintage charm to it. The P72 runs on a Ferrari-derived, 6.3-liter, V-12 engine. It is also pretty expensive. The price starts at $844,000. But when compared with the Bugattis and the Paganis, it seems cheaper, relatively speaking.
Ford GT MK II
Ford entered the Goodwood FOS all guns blazing. This is the most extreme Ford GT ever with its massive front splitter and rear wings. This setup increased the downforce by 400 pounds. The MK ll produces 700hp which goes up to 735 with eco boost. It is lower than the roadgoing GT. Oh and if we forgot to mention, this is a track only car. Made by Multimatic, Ford will make only 45 of the MK ll and is planning to sell them at $1.2 million each.
Porsche 909 Bergspyder
The Porsche 909 Bergspyder is a one-off lightest car that Porsche has ever made. It is also the only time the car was outside the museum. This is a race car from the 1960s and is fully restored by Porsche themselves.
Porsche has also built a new Bergspyder to pay homage to the original 909. But unfortunately, it could not participate in the FOS as it could not meet safety regulations due to its lack of the roof or windshield structure.
Honda e Prototype
Honda debuted their e Prototype at this year’s Goodwood FOS. It is an adorable electric urban hatchback from Honda’s stables. The pop-out door handles, tiny ORVM cameras all add to a certain character of the car. Looks aside, the car also features a perfect 50:50 weight distribution, rear-wheel drive, and a low center of gravity. And no, this is not a race car we are talking about here.
The car is expected to be priced at around $45,000. This is approximately Rs 31 lakh. Yes, this is definitely on the higher side. The car is priced higher than even the Tesla Model 3.
Samsung Remote Controlled 5G Car
Although this was just a marketing trick, it was kind of interesting to see a car being remotely controlled over a mobile network. Vodafone partnered up with Samsung to showcase its new 5g network and its latency. Designated Driver designed the system for this. They managed to remotely control the car from a mile away with minimum latency.
The above list is just a few of the unique cars at Goodwood FOS and in no particular order. We also saw a few other cars worth mentioning like the Mclaren GT, Mercedes-AMG A45, BAC Mono R, Extreme E, Aston Martin DBX, Land Rover Defender, and many more.