Exciting arrivals to the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed

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The 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed has arrived, and brings with it an exciting demonstration of the latest prototypes and new cars from some of the biggest brands in the motor industry.

The very first Festival of Speed at Goodwood arrived in June 1993, and was aimed at bringing motorsport back to the historically important venue. With a paddock open to all, and a Hillclimb that snaked to the top of Goodwood Park, the event sparked success and is now one of the biggest annual motorsport festivals in the UK.

Take a look below to explore the range of brands and new cars that will be attending this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed below.

Toyota

Toyota plan to feature the all-new GR Supra in race, road-going and even a customised drifting specification. They also plan to bring the exciting new GR Supra GT4 Concept, which will be in action on the famous hillclimb for the first time, driven by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing driver Mike Conway. Its Goodwood appearance follows on from its world debut at the 2019 Geneva motor show, where it was presented as a study for how the new GR Supra might be developed as an affordable proposition for grassroots motorsport and GT4 competition.

The leading motorsport attraction on the Toyota stand will be the No 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid that was driven to victory at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours by Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Fernando Alonso. It will be featured alongside the specially engineered Hilux that won the 2019 Dakar rally for TOYOTA GAZOO Racing South Africa and a replica of the Yaris WRC that already has three victories to its credit in this year’s FIA World Rally Championship.

Toyota TS050
Lexus LC Convertible Concept

Lexus

Lexus are said to be debuting the highly-anticipated LC Convertible at this year’s expo. The LC Convertible Concept was revealed at the Detroit Auto Show in January, although Lexus has remained publicly noncommittal to a production version, despite officials hinting that they would like to see this happen.

The LC500 Convertible is expected to look almost exactly like the concept car, and feature the same 5.0-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine, which Lexus say is good for 0-60 in 4.4 seconds and a top speed of 168 mph.

Audi

At this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, Audi Tradition will be on the starting line with three historically important cars. The Ingolstadt-based company will be sending the Audi Rallye quattro A2, the Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO and the Audi 200 quattro TransAm to the Mecca of historic motorsport.

The Audi Motorsport icons will be driven by outstanding drivers from Audi’s history. World rally champion Stig Blomqvist will drive the car with which he became world champion in 1984. Five-time Le Mans winner Frank Biela will be behind the wheel of the Audi 200 quattro TransAm, while three-time Le Mans winner Benoit Tréluyer will be giving it his all in the Audi 90 quattro IMSA-GTO.

Audi 90 Quattro
Jaguar XE SV Project 9 Touring Edition

Jaguar

Dominating the Jaguar stand this year will be the second generation Formula E race car, Jaguar I-TYPE 3, fresh off the track from an epic win at the Rome E-Prix earlier this season. The I-TYPE 3 will take to the hill climb in the Formula 1 batch, alongside the Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY.

Jaguar are also bringing along the recently introduced XE SV Project 8 Touring Edition, which will be hitting the hill climb and putting its 5.0-litre Supercharged V8 to good use. No more than 15 examples of this unique specification are being built for customers, so it will be a special and rare sight to see the Touring Edition in action.

BMW

BMW has announced an exciting schedule of unveils and dynamic debuts for this year’s Festival of Speed (FOS). Taking to the Hill in the Michelin Supercar Run will be the new BMW M8 Competition. The most powerful BMW M car ever, the M8 Competition boasts a high-revving, twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8. Producing 625hp it can sprint from zero to 62mph in 3.2 seconds and to 124mph in 10.6 seconds, truly astonishing times for what is actually quite a big car.

Also making its dynamic debut is the all-new BMW X4 M Competition, in the First Glance category. Featuring a 3D printed cylinder head and the latest M TwinPower Turbo tech, the 3.0-litre engine produces 510hp and a peak torque of 600Nm.

Other BMW models which will be on show at the ‘BMW M Town’ stand once again include the iconic M1, as well as the more modern M135i, M340i, X3 M Competition SUV, and a Night Sky M850i.

BMW M8 Competition
Honda Festival of Speed Stand

Honda

Honda’s stand design at this year’s FOS is definitely worth a mention – on top of the exciting cars they are bringing along with them. Taking its cues from the face of the new Honda e, the front of the stand’s first floor, which faces the famous hill climb, will be a direct representation with two large circular windows representing the headlights. This first floor will solely house the new Honda e Prototype, making Goodwood visitors the very first in the UK to see the car.

F1 fans are in for an absolute treat with Honda specially bringing over from Japan the famed McLaren-Honda MP4/4. Arguably one of the most successful F1 cars ever, the MP4/4 won, and took pole position in, 15 out of the 16 races in the 1988 season. Alongside this iconic car, Honda drivers will be piloting the new Honda e Prototype and the NSX up the famous hillclimb over the course of the four day event.

Mercedes-Benz

To mark the 125th anniversary of its involvement in motorsports, Mercedes-Benz Classic and Mercedes-AMG are sending some of their finest jewels to the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The revolutionary 1932 Avus racing car will be presented to the public here for the first time. Manfred von Brauchitsch won the Avus race decisively in Berlin in 1932 in the aerodynamically optimised Mercedes-Benz SSKL. At the time, that vehicle was a precursor of today’s racing technology: only a few years later, streamlined car bodies were in widespread use as an important prerequisite for racing victories and records.

The GT R Roadster will also be in action on the hillclimb course at Goodwood House, together with the most hardcore member of the GT family, the GT R PRO.

AMG GT R
MINI JCW GP

MINI

MINI is returning to the Festival of Speed, and is set to showcase their brand new Electric Avenue. This year MINI have a lot to celebrate - from the 60 year anniversary to the MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept. But the star of the show will undoubtedly be the MINI Electric, which attendees will be able to come and see ahead of its launch next year.

You will also be able to take in the current MINI line-up – including the new MINI Clubman John Cooper Works 306 HP – as well as some very special models from the past six decades.

Volkswagen

Volkswagen returns to this year’s FOS with a familiar, but exciting face from last year – the ID.R. The hyper-electric race car will be available to view throughout the show, as well as on its hill climb run. Last year, the ID.R beat the previous fastest time for electric cars on the Goodwood Hillclimb by 3.48 seconds.

Another feature vehicle for Volkswagen will be the T-Roc R. The performance car with its off-road qualities has already impressed at the Nürburgring. Thanks to its compact dimensions and expressive design, the T-Roc R is a true eye-catcher and perfectly adapts to the urban lifestyle as well.

The fully-electric ID.3 will also make an appearance, and demonstrate the leaps Volkswagen has made in electric mobility.

Volkswagen ID.R