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There’s no auto show quite like the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It's an unmissable opportunity for gearheads to see some of the most desirable new cars and iconic race cars up close and, more importantly, in action tackling the famous hillclimb. This year’s show was a celebration of record-breaking cars in motorsport. Speaking of records, the electric Volkswagen ID.R managed to smash the all-time hillclimb record set 20 years ago by a Formula One car.
This year's show also hosted some special model debuts – here’s our pick of the star new cars from the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed you may have missed.
One of the standout debuts at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed was limited-edition Ford GT MKII. This is quite simply the most extreme GT Ford has ever built. Limited to only 45 models, the GT MKII is a track-only version of Ford’s flagship supercar with aggressive aerodynamic components that produce over 400 percent more downforce than the road car, while the 3.5-liter EcoBoost has been cranked up to 700 horsepower. The price of admission? $1.2 million. Better start saving.
If the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed was a beauty contest, the De Tomaso P72 would win hands down. Inspired by the P70 developed by founder Alejandro De Tomaso and Carroll Shelby, the De Tomaso P72 is based on the same lightweight carbon monocoque chassis as the Apollo IE, and it looks mind-bogglingly beautiful with its low-slung shape and seductive curves. The interior is equally exquisite, featuring diamond-quilted leather and polished copper. Powertrain and pricing details are a mystery for now, but you can guarantee the De Tomaso P72 won’t be cheap.
The BAC Mono is one of the lightest single-seaters on the market, but the new R version takes it to another extreme. This is lighter, faster, and even more bonkers, and yet somehow still road legal. BAC has given the Mono R an aggressive makeover, with a revised front-end, new LED headlights, and enhanced aerodynamics. Remarkably, the R version is 55 pounds lighter than the standard Mono, which was already a featherweight. It’s faster too, as the 2.5-liter, four-cylinder unit now delivers 340 hp. This enables the BAC Mono R to hit 0-62 mph in 2.5 seconds and a top speed of 170 mph.
BAC wasn’t the only specialist British manufacturer with a new model to showcase, as the Radical Rapture also made its world debut at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Like other Radical cars, it combines extreme performance, lightweight construction, and aerodynamic efficiency. A Ford-sourced turbocharged EcoBoost engine produces 350 hp and 320 lb-ft of torque, which is sent through a six-speed paddle-shift gearbox. 0-62 mph takes three seconds before the Rapture tops out at 165 mph.
Lexus finally answered our prayers confirming that the gorgeous LC Convertible will enter production. This was previewed by a camouflaged prototype at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, which was seen tackling the hillclimb. Sadly, Lexus hasn’t said when it will enter production or released technical specs, but it will likely be powered by its LC 500 Coupe sibling’s naturally-aspirated V8.
Another surprise at the show was the debut of the new Audi R8 LMS GT2 competition car. Based on the facelifted R8, the hardcore track car features a racier exterior with new parts including a larger rear wing, a roof scoop, and an aerodynamic body kit, while the stripped out interior and copious amounts of carbon fiber and aluminium shed further weight. Power is provided by a the R8’s 5.2-liter naturally-aspirated V10 retuned to deliver 640 horsepower – that’s 28 hp more than the road-legal R8 V10 Performance.
There was no shortage of hardcore track monsters at Goodwood. One of the standouts was the new Porsche 911 RSR, which will be unleashed at the FIA World Endurance Championship. Under the hood is the largest 4.2-liter boxer six Porsche has ever fitted to a 911 pumping out around 515 horsepower. Unlike most 911s, the engine is positioned in front of the rear axle, giving it a mid-engined layout. Following its Goodwood debut, the 911 RSR will make its competition debut at Silverstone in September.
After making its public debut in Monaco in May, the McLaren GT made its dynamic debut at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, and it looked magnificent on the move. The GT is more comfortable and more practical than other McLaren supercars thanks to its luxurious interior incorporating unique heated seats and an extra 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk for your golf clubs. Despite this, no compromises have been made to the performance. A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 sends 612 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, enabling the McLaren GT to hit 0-62 mph in 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 203 mph.
Also making its dynamic debut at the Goodwood Hillclimb was the Polestar 2. This is Polestar’s closest rival to the Tesla Model 3, incorporating a sleek design and a target range of 310 miles, while an all-wheel-drive drivetrain produces a total output of 400 horsepower and 487 lb-ft of torque, propelling the electric fastback from 0-62 mph in five seconds flat.
While the Ferrari SP90 Stradale didn’t make an appearance at Goodwood, the one-off P80/C made its world debut at the show, which made up for the hybrid supercar’s absence. Based on the Ferrari 488 GT3 race car, the P80/C was announced back in March, but this was the first time the one-off supercar has been seen in public. The striking design is inspired by some of Ferrari’s most legendary race cars such as the 330 P3/P4, Dino 206 S, and 250 LM, while the 3.9-liter twin-turbo V8 is likely borrowed from the 488 GT3 and could produce as much as 660 horsepower.
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