Goodwood Festival of Speed preview


A few lucky fellows will already be soaking up the atmosphere at the Goodwood Festival of Speed today, marvelling at the Moving Motor Show and taking in the fantastic automotive sights the stunning West Sussex estate has to offer.

But for those who have to wait until the office closes, here is a round-up of the must-see vehicles and entertainment that is on offer over the weekend...

Sebastien Loeb attempts to break hill climb record

Not content with setting new records on the daunting Pikes Peak course, rally star Loeb is attempting to snatch the Goodwood Hillclimb record from Nick Heidfeld, who set a time of 41.6 seconds in a McLaren MP4/13 Formula 1 car back in 1999. Loeb will be piloting the fearsome and record-breaking Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak car, a spectacle in its own right.

Supercar Shootout

This year welcomes a new Supercar Shootout competition, which sees no fewer than 40 exotics make a timed run up the hill climb route. Lamborghini will debut its Huracan model, Ferrari will showcase the turbocharged California T and firm favourites, such as the Ferrari 458, will prove their place amongst supercar royalty.

World debut of the all-new Honda NSX supercar

The previous iteration was one of Ayrton Senna's favourite every day run-arounds and the updated NSX promises big things. The futuristic styling is undoubtedly worth a look alone but if you factor in the innovative hybrid powertrain that promises blistering performance figures, you have one hell of a spectacle.

Festival of Speed 2014 preview

Festival of Speed 2014 preview

F1 stars take to the hill

Jenson Button, Felipe Massa, Lewis Hamilton and the 'Iceman' Kimi Raikkonen will hop in last year's Formula 1 cars to do a few donuts for the crowd. Last year's cars boasted screaming V8 engines so we'd advise you to take a well-fitting set of earplugs.

Ferocious little Abarth 695 biposto runs up the hill

Fiat's tiny 500 city car may not look like much but when the Italian marque handed it to tuning firm Abarth, who subsequently implanted an 187bhp HP 1.4 T-jet engine under the bonnet, the results were more impressive than most imagined. Witness the city slicker smashing the 0-62mph sprint in just 5.9 seconds before your very eyes.

Touch the Cactus

Citroen will allow punters to get up close and personal with its new C4 Cactus model – the first car to feature innovative Airbump technology that protects bodywork from bumps and scrapes. We quite liked it on our recent test drive but you can make up your own mind.

The virtual becomes reality

A number of manufacturers have taken up the challenge set by Gran Turismo creator and producer Kazunori Yamauchi to produce futuristic concepts that can be driven in the famous PlayStation racing simulator. Check out VW's amazing GTI Roadster concept, as well as Aston Martin's offering, which will be officially unveiled for the first time.

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