Senna, McLaren, Concept Cars and the Greatest carpark in the World

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What does Senna, concept cars and the greatest carpark in world have in common? The answer lies in the event. As we brace ourselves for this year’s Goodwood Members Meeting, Festival of Speed and Revival, we thought we would reminisce about the great Festival of Speed that took place last year. The event was so massive that we had a whole stockpile of previously unpublished images of the carpark and paddock. Enough said, let’s relive the glory of the festival and let the magnificent machinery shine.

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The Festival of Speed is a chance for the world’s biggest motor companies to shake off the seriousness, do a bit of showing off and let their hair down. New models, like the new Mustang and NSX are launched and unveiled everywhere. The range of concept machines at the various motor stands was impressive to say the very least.

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By far the most breath-taking was the physical version of its Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo “virtual supercar.” The futuristic concept is available as an avatar in PlayStation Gran Turismo 6 to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the driving game.

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Our first glimpses of LaFerrari was unforgettable. This light-weight, hybrid hyper car tips the scales at 1,255 kg. Only 499 units will be built, and each will cost more than £1 million. The green one just captured in the image is owned by Jamiroquai.

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Although the Renault Twingo is ripe for production, this TwinRun concept previews how a sportier Renaultsport version could shape up in the next year or so.

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The Audi Sport quattro Laserlight Concept is reminiscent of the classic Sport quattro of 1983 while pointing towards the future – with the latest of the brand’s technologies. On board is E-tron technology with 515 kW of power and a thrifty 2.5 l/100 km fuel economy and “Back to the future” style laser headlights.

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The Aston Martin DP (standing for Design Prototype) 100 is one of a number of models designed by some of the world’s most well-known car manufacturers for Gran Turismo 6 on the Playstation 3. Unlike Aston Martin’s existing range, which all have their engines mounted in the front of the car, the DP100 uses a mid-engine configuration for what Aston Martin says would be a twin-turbocharged V12 producing 800bhp.

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The Open-top 496bhp Volkswagen GTI Roadster was also brought to life for the Gran Turismo 6 computer game. Under the skin, a 3.0-litre V6 Biturbo engine developing 496bhp and 560Nm has been fitted. When coupled with the seven-speed DSG gearbox and 4MOTION all-wheel drive system, the GTI Roadster is capable of 0-100 in 3.6 seconds.

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The humble Mazda mx5 celebrated 25 years with a display of all generations of the most successful sports car.

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Which also payed respect to where the Mx5 inspiration came from.

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Among the throng of F1 cars, there are truly some spectacular racing machinery in the Goodwood Paddocks.

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From legendary Silver Arrows from a bygone age of Motorsport.

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To the future of the sport. This Spark Renault 2.0, from Formula E series was designed and built by Spark Racing Technologies

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From the awesomeness that is DTM (German Touring car Masters) comes this 2006 AMG Mercedes C-Class DTM driven by Mika Hakkinen,

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This GTR GT3 was raced in the 24 hours of Nurburgring, one week prior to the Festival. GT Academy Germany Judge, Nick Heidfeld, raced the No.80 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, numbered to celebrate Nissan’s 80th year.

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Nissan Nismo GTR- time attack Nurburgring Lap Record car- 7 mins 8 seconds and 679. Memorial car.

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Mad Mike was also a Festival highlight. His infamous RX-7 had just had a cosmetic refresh before being shipped to Goodwood from New Zealand. Its highly-tuned four-rotor engine roars with 530bhp. Not that outright power is the issue with a drift car: more important is the balance between power and (lack of) grip.

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In 1984, Niki Lauda wanted to celebrate the re-configured, and much safer, Nurburgring. So the Austrian and Mercedes organized a 12-lap race with 20 racing legends. They included: Lauda, of course, Jack Brabham, Phil Hill, James Hunt, Alan Jones, Stirling Moss, Alain Prost, Carlos Reutemann, Keke Rosberg, Jody Scheckter, John Surtees. Apparently, Emerson Fittipaldi couldn’t make it so they replaced him with some no name, Ayrton Senna. They would race in identical 190E 2.3-16s with street tires. Guess who won?

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In the hands of Senna, the Lotus 97T was very competitive during the season, taking 8 poles, 7 with Senna and 1 with De Angelis, and 3 wins. Senna’s first was a brilliant performance in the 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix where he won by over a minute in monsoon-like conditions. His second came in the Belgian Grand Prix at Spa, held in wet/dry conditions.

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In 2010 it was this machine that won the prestigious Rolex 24 At Daytona in the new team’s first ever race. This Action Express Riley- Porsche is powered by a V8 derived from the Cayenne.

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This was a real hightlight for us. Seeing the mighty S1 in the flesh. Hannu Mikkola delighted rally fans by driving the Audi Sport Quattro S1 E2 at the Festival of Speed.

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Built in 1985, this short wheelbase Audi is one of the most famous rally cars of all time.

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McLaren had one of the most impressive displays at the entrance to the Driver’s Club at Goodwood.

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The McLaren MP4/4 was a highly successful Formula 1 car that competed in the 1988 Formula One season. It was designed by American engineer Steve Nichols, with assistance from Gordon Murray. Nichols and Murray based the design on the lowline Brabham BT55, designed by Murray for the 1986 season when Murray was chief designer at Brabham.

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It is one of the most dominant Formula One cars ever built, winning all but one race and claiming all but one pole position in the 1988 season.

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The P1 debuted at Geneva in 2013. This Amethyst Black P1 condenamed PP3 was one of a small number of cars built for development tests and has been featured on numerous cover pages and was driven by Jeremy Clarkson on Top Gear.

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The 650S GT3 is the latest generation track-focused racer from McLaren GT, designed and optimised to contest GT3 championships this year.

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This is the McLaren M7C the final development on the successful M7 family of Grand Prix cars that claimed three podiums in the 1969 F1 season.

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One of the most formidable racing Jaguars is the ‘Quaker State’ Jaguar V12 E-type driven in the states to many victories by Bob Tullius. Most notable is the 1975 SCCA Road Atlanta Championship. Today, the Group 44 Inc. championship-winning E-type—chassis number UE1S/24250—properly resides at the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust on Browns Lane in Coventry.

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Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) close relationship with Jaguar, was cemented in 1982 with the successful entry of the Jaguar XJ-S into the European Touring Car Championship, chalking up a number of wins that year.

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Originally built to Cologne specification in 1973 by Broadspeed for Ford Motor Co. Ltd, this Ford Capri was first driven in the Kent-Castrol Belgium Touring Championships where, powered by a 3.0-litre Westlake V6 engine, it won convincingly. It returned to England to compete in the Tourist Trophy Meeting the same year, driven by legendary touring car racer Andy Rouse, before being sold to Bo Emanuelsson who won the 1974 Swedish Championship. In 1975 it was rebuilt by Ford Cologne with a Ford-Cosworth 24-valve V6 engine developing 460hp at 8,750rpm. Emanuelsson won across Europe with the car and was even faster than Jochen Mass at the fearsome Nurburgring.

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Goodwood delivered us some Aussie heroes too.

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After the fallout with Holden, Brock had moved to the BMW camp but that was short lived. 1989 saw Peter Brock team up with Andy Rouse in a Ford Sierra. After starting from pole position in the Tooheys 1000, it all turned bad at the 1st pit stop when a rear hub problem ended what looked like a very strong challenge.

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This is car is among the first Lancia Delta S4’s ever built for rally under Group B Specifications.

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Chassis 205, car number 1 was one of the very first raced. The car debuted at the Algarve Rally; a round of the Portuguese national championship. Markku Alén lead early on but was eventually forced to retire with mechanical issues. The car was not raced again, although it did serve as a test and development car.

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Only at Goodwood do RS200 Fords appear ordinary.

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Just two weeks prior to the Festival, the LeMans 24 hour took place. The winning car complete with Le Mans race grime was on display, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, powered by a Audi TDI 4.0 L Turbo V6 (Diesel). The No. 2 Audi, driven by Marcel Fässler, Benoît Tréluyer, and André Lotterer, was able to maintain the race lead without any major trouble, taking the trio’s third race win in four years, and Audi’s thirteenth overall.

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This is the fifth place Jota Sport driven by an all British team. It achieved 1st place in the LMP2 class.

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This is the 1987 Porsche 962-008 1987 Rothmans #17. It was the Last works 962 built and the World championship winning car. In the hands of Derek Bell and Hans Stuck in achieved a podium place in every finished race in the 1987 season. Its early success includes a 2nd at Jarama & Monza, and 3rd Jerez & Silverston.

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1971 Gulf Porsche 917K that competed in the 24 Hours of Lemans in 1971. It finished in 2nd Place driven by Muller and Attwood.

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We hope you have enjoyed our retrospective look at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

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Thanks so much for reading.

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We will be shortly be covering the recent Race Retro show on Driven Threads. Watch this space.

As a blog post title eludes, as a footnote, the carpark at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is pretty epic too.

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