Prestige Cars at the 2017 Goodwood Festival Of Speed | MHH International
The theme for the 2017 Festival of Speed was 'Peaks of Performance - Motorsport's Game-Changers'. As the years pass the organisers try to find a new way of exploring the thrilling past, present and future of the automotive scene. In many ways this year was just the same as it always is but they do try to put a fresh slant on proceedings and it always seems to work. The fans can’t get enough.
The Fastest Jaguar?
Of particular interest this time, manufacturers showed racing and road-going machines that were faster than ever before, like the BAC and the Project 8 Jaguar featured here. Making its global dynamic debut among the most powerful and extreme performance cars in the world at the Goodwood show, the new Jaguar XE SV Project 8 claimed the hotly-contested Michelin Supercar Paddock Showstopper Trophy – just four days after the jaw-dropping car was officially unveiled.
The only four-door car in the Michelin Supercar Run, the Jaguar faced formidable competition in the power packed paddock, but voters hosted by Michelin singled-out Project 8 as one of the six most popular cars of the weekend, qualifying it for the overall Showstopper final on Sunday afternoon.
Project 8 exclusively features the most highly tuned version of Jaguar Land Rover’s 5L Supercharged V8 petrol powertrain. The 592bhp (600PS) engine has a Titanium Variable Active Exhaust and is complemented by Jaguar’s All-Wheel Drive system. Additionally, this beast features motorsport-derived aerodynamics and carbon fibre panels to deliver a 200mph top speed and 0-60mph in a scant 3.3 seconds, making Project 8 the fastest accelerating Jaguar yet.
Crucially, and you’ll have to take this writer’s word for it, it sounds as aggressive as you would expect; the growling V8 accompanied by the glorious old-school whine of a huge supercharger. Outstanding aural delights!
To ensure exclusivity, no more than 300 examples of Project 8 will be hand-built at SVO’s (Special Vehicle Operations) Technical Centre in Coventry and priced from £149,995 in the UK. If you want one, and you really do, you’ll need to move fast because this magnificent motor won’t be available for long.
All That You Desire
Red cars from Ferrari ran amok to celebrate the 70th birthday of the marque. All the famous sports cars and racers that Goodwood usually commands were there but this time there was also a display of V12-engined F1 cars, which created an operatic sound all their own with their extraordinary exhaust notes, so different from today.
The new and blisteringly quick track-only Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro made history at the Festival of Speed when it became the first vehicle to tackle the legendary hill climb using re-refined engine oil. This landmark has been made possible by a new active oil management system and we’ll have more on this incredible technical advance right here next week.
As ever, the Goodwood Festival of Speed did not disappoint the throngs who braved the inevitable long and tiresome car park queues to get in. Sports cars like the BAC Mono (which won its class), Audi R8 and the exquisite Alpine (see last week’s post) were all at full chat on the track.
With the hill climb and rally exhibitions, the supercars and the also-rans and all the sights, sounds and smells of the vibrant world of cars, once again, by doing the same thing brilliantly well, the show did not disappoint. With tired legs and weary ears, the multitudes went home happy.