New Jaguars and Ferraris debut at Goodwood


The forthcoming Jaguar F-Type made its first public appearance at Goodwood, as did the Ferrari F458 Spider and Ferrari California 30.

In a nice touch, the F-Type went up the hill immediately after C-type, D-type and E-type models, giving spectators a unique opportunity to view both Jaguar's historic sporting bloodline and its future one. The car was driven by Jaguar chassis wizard, Mike Cross, who said that he was there to , "showcase just a little of the dynamic precision, noise, speed and excitement that the production F-Type will exhibit. The reaction of the crowd has been fantastic – I'd like to keep running it up the hill all day!"

Meanwhile Ferrari showed two new models. The 458 Spider features a fully retractable aluminium hard-top roof, claimed to be a world first for a sports car with this layout. Ferrari says the innovative folding hard-top is 25kg lighter than a traditional soft-top while being quieter. The mechanism is pure genius: the rear engine cover opens, the rear-hinged roof pivots through 180 degrees to slot in underneath and the cover closes again. Simples.

Also making its debut was the new lighter and more powerful Ferrari California 30. The V8 engine now has 490 PS, an addition of 30 PS, with overall weight also being reduced by 30kg, which has been achieved through improved use of aluminium.