As Goodwood celebrates 30 years of the Festival of Speed and 75 years of motorsport since the Motor Circuit opened in 1948, we share our must-see supercars and a couple of competition cars we’ve had a look over at this year’s event:
Ariel Atom 4R
Following in the wheel tracks of the 3.5R (which we have a matching white example here at PaddlUp), the Atom 4R gains an uprated Honda engine and aero modifications designed for ultimate track performance. This track-oriented model builds on the 4’s tubular steel chassis and Honda engine with bespoke suspension, a higher power output and an extensive aero package for the improved performance on track.
Aston Martin Valour
Celebrating the marque’s 110th anniversary, Aston Martin showcases its new Valour at Goodwood with its 705hp V12 and bespoke six-speed manual transmission. The Valour draws inspiration from the muscular Vantages of the ‘70’s and ‘80’s and is well worth a view in the metal.
Ferrari Special Projects are showing a customer-commissioned one-off at this year’s event. The KC23 takes the 488 GT3 race car as a base and adds a smoother form and intricate design details. It has active body panels that open the air intakes, butterfly doors, and a ‘Gold Mercury’ exterior that uses actual liquid metal in four layers of the paint, a treat to see in person.
Maserati 334 Editions
Maserati show the Ghibli 334 Ultima and Levante V8 Ultima showcasing its 3.8 litre twin-turbo for the final time. Good for 572 bhp, Maserati is only making 103 units of each and is highlighting the eight-cylinder epilogue with a series of cosmetic tweaks inside and out to mark the occasion.
The McLaren 750S might fly under the radar at Goodwood as it is subtly restyled from the 720S it replaces, but provides a new benchmark for McLaren in a production series car increasing usability and power but showcasing a significantly lighter mass overall. We encourage a closer look to see for yourself.
Porsche Mission X
Unveiled a month ago to commemorate the company’s 75th anniversary, the electric hypercar has already put down a record-setting time around the Nürburgring. Styling echoes the front end rof the 963 endurance racer but with vertical headlights, and the side profile and rear wing giving off classic 956 and 962 vibes. Where else can you see the new car and the inspiration at the same event?
Fresh from its victory at Le Mans and only 200kg heavier than a F1 car, the 499P #51 is a must-see. Get close and check out the Internal Combustion Engine on the rear axle and the Energy Recovery System, the so-called “two souls” that enable the 499P to deliver a total maximum power output of around 700 horsepower.
Finally, and not least, our favourite Competition car, the legendary Mazda 787B. If you have never seen or heard one we encourage you to check out the one at Goodwood. You’ll be glad you did.