After my first time in attendance, I can say without equivocation or provocation that the Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the most downright spectacular automotive events the world has to offer. Goodwood is part new car show, part concours, with noise and fury everywhere you turn.
Goodwood welcomes roughly 150,000 spectators who spread out like locusts over the grounds of host Lord March’s Goodwood estate during the weekend. And just about every car in attendance, from the flame-spitting Fiat “Beast of Turin” from 1910 to the Ferrari LaFerrari FXX K, from the all-new Mazda MX-5 to Ken Block’s 845-hp Hoonicorn, along with Formula 1 cars, jet-powered motorcycles, NASCAR trucks, vintage cars of all eras and marques, tears ass up the Goodwood hill — aka Lord March’s driveway — right in the middle of it all. There are even rally and off-road racing courses, flybys of actual jets, and appearances by legends and famous folk young and old, including Moto GP star Valentino Rossi, Sir Jackie Stewart and dozens of others.
Everywhere you turn, there’s a car blatting, roaring, jumping, or doing burnouts, either in the pits or up the hill. Some of them crash, and a couple, including a privately owned Mazda 787B series Le Mans car and a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 took huge hits. Thankfully the drivers were OK. It’s a ton to take in and you’ll never see it all, but I had a chance to eyeball more than my share of what Goodwood had to offer. It’s more than a true car guy or gal could ever hope for in an automotive event. This year’s title sponsor was Mazda, and it brought along several of its all-time great race cars, including the famed No. 55 Mazda 787B that was victorious at the 1991 24 Hours of Le Mans, among others. The sculpture centerpiece was a massive, 120-ton steel, 130-foot-tall masterpiece by Goodwood resident artist Gerry Judah that featured a 787 and the Mazda Vision Gran Turismo fiberglass model topping the winding sculpture off.
While we get to see supercars of all types at various auto shows and other events, this year it seemed every car shown over the past year or two came to Goodwood, with most corralled in the Supercar Paddock. So we figured we’d showcase a few of the best, along with a gallery of other sights from the weekend.
Without further ado, here are 13 Killer Supercars from the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Koenigsegg calls the One:1 the world’s first megacar, and who are we to argue? With a twin-turbocharged 5.0-liter V-8 with a mind-blowing 1,341 horsepower 1,011 lb-ft of torque when running on E85, the One:1 is one of the fastest cars the world has ever seen, and with only seven in existence at a price tag of $2.8 million, Goodwood is one of the only places you’ll ever see one driven in anger.
Ferrari LaFerrari FXX K
For a few of the mega-rich Ferrari faithful who weren’t satisfied with the pedestrian, 986-horsepower LaFerrari, there was the $2.7 million FXX K, part of Ferrari’s continuing FXX program of developing track-day versions of its most sought after supercars for its most important — and no doubt richest — clients. Ferrari had no trouble selling out the 34 copies of the 1,035-horsepower, hybrid-boosted track weapons. As with previous XX cars, the FXX K is part of Ferrari’s Corse Clienti customer racing program.
McLaren P1 GTR
The P1 GTR is the ultimate expression of McLaren’s P1 lineup, and is strictly a track attack vehicle its customers can take to any circuit if they so desire. The P1 GTR is powered by a version of the brand’s 3.8-liter twin-turbo V-8 with 986 horsepower in conjunction with a hybrid powertrain. McLaren is happy to roll out its team of engineers to help whenever the customer wants to take it out. This particular color scheme mimics the same yellow and green livery as the Harrods car that finished third at the 1995 24 hours of Le Mans after leading most of the race with Derek Bell, Justin Bell, and Andy Wallace at the wheel.
Aston Martin Vulcan
Goodwood was the first time the Aston Martin Vulcan was taken out and run in anger, and the 800-plus horsepower, carbon-fiber clad monster handled its business as it rolled up the hill, doing all manner of burnouts along the way. The Vulcan, which made its world debut at the 2015 Geneva auto show, is powered by a 7.0-liter V-12, which is being billed as the most powerful normally aspirated car in production. Only 24 of the cars will be built, and Aston officials say several design cues on the Vulcan will appear on future Astons. Whether or not the V-12 will live on though in those future Astons remains to be seen.
1991 Jaguar XJ220 Prototype
The XJ220 carries a worldwide reputation as one of the fastest cars ever produced in its day, thanks in large part to a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6. The car was supposed to have a Jaguar V-12, but the brand couldn’t make it work and had to move to the six, but it didn’t stop the XJ220 from claiming the world’s fastest production car mark for one year in 1992 before it was superseded by the McLaren F1. This particular prototype car has the original V-12 fitted.
1995 Bugatti EB110 SS
The predecessor to the Veyron, the EB110 features a 60-valve, 3.5-liter quad-turbo V-12 with 550 horsepower. The EB110 also came with all-wheel drive, with the power routed through a six-speed manual. This particular model, the Sport Stradale, was stripped of non-essential materials to lighten it up, helping it reach a top speed of 216 mph.
1995 McLaren F1
The McLaren F1 is simply put one of the greatest road cars ever produced. Period. Built by McLaren Automotive from 1992 to 1998, this 1995 version one of only two cars produced in red, and it’s also from the year McLaren won Le Mans with a race-prepped version of the car. With the rev limiter off, the McLaren F1 hit a speed of 242.8 mph, a world record for a production car that wasn’t eclipsed until the Bugatti Veyron came around. This car was also presented to Michael Andretti, who was driving for the McLaren Formula 1 team at the time.
Glickenhaus SCG 003
James Glickenhaus wanted to build his own supercar, and with the means and desire to do so, he made it happen. The SCG 003 is the road-going version; he also has a race-spec version of the car. The race version is powered by a Honda 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 delivering 530 horsepower, mated to a paddle-shift Hewland six-speed. The road car will reportedly have a similar V-6. The SCG 003 features a carbon-fiber chassis and reportedly weighs just 2,600 pounds. It also will cost as much as $2.5 million. Stay tuned for our automotive design editor Robert Cumberford’s design analysis here and in the September issue of AUTOMOBILE.
1990 Porsche 911 Targa modified by Singer Vehicle Design
We love Singer’s game plan: Take a 964-series Porsche 911 and rebuild it from the ground up using carbon-fiber elements throughout the body, and refashion it with all manner of high end materials. Every 911 Singer reimagines is done to the customer’s specification, and this 1990 Targa is no exception. The hand-stitched leather throughout the cabin and the frunk is fantastic, and the sound system was custom fit for the car. This Targa also has the 4.0-liter flat-six engine that is completely reengineered. I went up the hill in the 3.8-liter car and — take it from me — it was stonking fast. Stay tuned for our complete report on a 4.0-liter 911 recreated by Singer here and in the November issue of AUTOMOBILE.
The Pagani Huayra is one of the most exclusive supercars in the world, and for a cool $1.5 million plus one can be yours. The Huayra’s 6.0-liter Mercedes-AMG twin-turbo V-12 rated at 720 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque makes it one of the most potent hypercars in the world, but it’s the attention to detail that makes it special, right down to the Pagani brand being stamped on the bolts.
Porsche 911 GT3 and Cayman GT4
Porsche is rolling out some of the most potent cars it has ever produced lately, and the 911 GT3 and Cayman GT4 are right near the top of that list. They were both right at home in the Goodwood Supercar paddock. The GT3 gets its juice from a 4.0-liter flat-six with 500 horsepower and 339 lb-ft of torque, and is a car our Georg Kacher says is like a drug on the Autobahn and packs “Gran Turismo,” “Need for Speed,” and “Forza Motorsport” in one amazing hyperfast machine. It’s more of the same when it comes to the Cayman GT4, which Kacher calls special, accessible in more ways than one, and sensationally capable. It’s powered by a 3.8-liter flat-six with 385 horsepower and 309 lb-ft of torque.
Lamborghini Aventador LP 750-4 Superveloce
Lambo just unveiled the Aventador SV, its most powerful production car ever, and we recently featured it in a first drive before it made its debut at Goodwood. The SV’s 6.5-liter V-12 is mightier than ever and it now revs to 8,500 rpm. Maximum power is 740 horsepower with 509 lb-ft on tap for good measure. Lamborghini claims a 0-60 mph time somewhere in the 2.6-second range. It looks sufficiently mean and had no trouble wowing the crowds as its 12 cylinders of fury shot it up the hill.