The Goodwood Festival of Speed, one of the biggest car gatherings in the world – think all of Monterey Car Week in one place – returned triumphantly to the south of England last weekend, packed with supercars and thrilling shows. Set on the sprawling Duke of Richmond estate (which also hosts the retro-themed Goodwood Revival), the centerpiece of the event is a 1.6-mile hill climb, where race cars and production cars alike s compete to establish the fastest lap. Here are some of the highlights of this year’s festivities.
Porsche presents the 963 LMDh
Porsche has a famous history in endurance racing and is looking to add to that legacy with its all-new race car, the hybrid Le Mans Daytona (LMDh) prototype. Set to compete for Porsche Penske Motorsport in the 2023 racing season, the 963 LMDh will compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
With a combination of specs and custom items, the LMDh class creates a single set of specs for all racing series, making it more affordable and efficient for manufacturers. Specification items include the chassis, battery, electric motor and gearbox, while each team is free to develop its own internal combustion engine and aerodynamics. The Porsche 963 uses a 4.6-liter twin-turbo V8 engine based on the power plant of the 918 Spyder. And although Porsche has yet to confirm performance specifications, the LMDh class is limited to a maximum output of 640 hp. Other manufacturers planning to compete in LMDh include Acura, BMW and Cadillac.
Lucid Air sets fastest lap record for a production car
Pro driver Ben Collins, aka Top Gear’s Stig, rode the 1,050bhp Lucid Air electric sedan to victory this weekend in a production car record time of 50.79 seconds. The automaker says its Lucid Air Grand Touring Performance variant, driven by Collins, was all stock, even down to the low rolling resistance tires. Lucid has come a long way since we first saw a prototype in 2017, thanks to its CEO (and former Tesla engineer) Peter Rawlinson striving to deliver a product with superior range, efficient packaging and a quality that corresponds to high-level luxury. brands.
Design Director Derek Jenkins and his team have done an admirable job of creating a clean, sleek aesthetic with materials and finishes that are both durable and beautiful. The company’s Dream Edition Performance model was also on display at Goodwood with 1,111hp and an estimated (unofficial) range of around 560 miles. We can’t wait for Lucid to drop its next model, the seven-seat Gravity SUV, which is slated for next year.
BMW M division celebrates 50 years
BMW celebrated five decades of its M performance division as a featured brand at this year’s Festival of Speed, and showcased a huge line-up including both classic cars and its newest models. The BMW M3 Touring has made its world debut, a 510hp wagon that unfortunately won’t be sold in the United States. It will, however, be used by MotoGP as its official safety car, which also premiered at Goodwood. BMW’s entry into the LMDh racing class was also on display (sort of), appearing in camouflage above ground as part of Goodwood’s dramatic center sculpt, which featured iconic cars from the half-century of existence of the M division.
Earlier this month, BMW released renders of its LMDh car, which is powered by its own V-8 engine, but we’ve yet to see it up close in the metal. “We placed the car at the very top of the sculpture so Porsche couldn’t see what we were doing,” BMW M CEO Franciscus Van Meel joked. “But I can tell you that the design will include BMW’s famous kink Hofmeister.”
Lamborghini presents its Aventador Ultimae and Huracán Tecnica
Lamborghini says arrivalrci to its flagship Aventador with one last special edition before the brand switches to hybrid powertrains in 2023. The 780hp Ultimae coupe is limited to 350 examples and is powered by the popular naturally aspirated V-12 engine ( but soon obsolete) from Lambo.
As the Raging Bull bid farewell to its past, it also showed its immediate future with the Huracán Tecnica. The latter is a technology-centric rear-wheel-drive variant of the Huracán lineup with 631 hp. This is rumored to be the last (or penultimate, depending on the source) Lamborghini’s V10-powered Huracán, which is sure to inspire collectors to get them while they can.
Polestar presents the new 5 Super Sedan
It’s been a big week for Polestar, Volvo’s upcoming spin-off, with an IPO on the NASDAQ stock exchange seeing a jump of almost 16% in its first day of trading. Meanwhile, at Goodwood, Polestar showed off a prototype version of its 884bhp super saloon dressed in gray camouflage and a big set of tires that clawed their way up the hill in impressive time.
Max Missoni, Head of Design at Polestar, tells us that the prototype we saw is not the final look of the Polestar 5, but assures us that it will be “very close” to the Polestar Precept, the concept car unveiled in 2020 which set the tone for the brand’s future design language. (The Precept was also named Best Interior Design by Robb Report that year.) Also on display was the head-turning O2 Concept, a 2+2 roadster unveiled earlier this year that rides on the Precept platform and comes with an integrated drone that tracks and records the driving for the ultimate social media reels. The production version of the Polestar 5 is scheduled for 2024.