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Back at the New York Auto Show in April, Jaguar announced at a press conference that it would be introducing it’s new “baby” sports car the F-Type, later this year. Now we can confirm that a prototype is set to make it’s official debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed at the end of this month.
Every year at the official launch of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the “Most Spirited Getaway,” award is handed out to the car and driver that impress the crowds most when leaving the start line at the beginning of the famous hill climb.
In 2012, for the second consecutive year, that award has gone to a Jaguar, in this case an original 1984 Tom Walkinshaw Racing (TWR) XJS, one just five such machines built for touring car racing.
Thanks to its 485 hp race spec 5.3-liter V12 and side exiting exhaust, the distinctive green and white TWR works livery XJS, driven by Alex Buncombe, made a pretty memorable departure from the start line and was joined on the hill by another TWR Jaguar, in this case an XJR-9, the 7.0-liter monster that won Le Mans back in 1988.
A previous record holder on the Goodwood climb, having run the course in just 44 seconds, driver Justin Law is looking to set yet another best time with the XJR-9LM this year. The 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed takes place from June 28, July 1st.
Okay, so it’s heavily modified. But nevertheless, a sixth generation Toyota Celica (1994-97 model years) set the fastest time on the climb to Goodwood House this past weekend, beating many other race cars, including recent Formula 1 machines.
Driven by former British Rally Champion Johnny Milner, the Celica covered the 1.6 mile course in just 48.07 seconds, quite a feat when you consider that the Goodwood Climb is technically complex and rather challenging, even for experienced drivers.
Milner actually missed winning the ‘televised’ shootout thanks to a minor error which cost him just a little too much time, nevertheless, earlier in the day, the time he set proved to be the fastest out of 200 cars that competed on the climb over the course of the weekend.
Milner’s mount tipped the scales at just 1,050 kg (2310 lbs) and boasts a set back driving position and a low center of gravity thanks to revised suspension mounts and fenderwells. Sitting on ultra soft compound rally cross spec Michelin rubber, the Celica racer is powered by WRC spec Corolla inline four that boasts both a supercharger and nitrous system. The little 2.0-liter twin cam cranks out around 800 hp, so getting all that power to the ground is no mean feat, especially for something based around a regular production car. Well done Johnny!
GALLERY: Toyota Celica Rally Car
We’re sure that many of you lust after the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS, but chances are unless you’ve placed your order already, you’ll never get behind the wheel of one.
At the very least, Porsche has made a video that gives you a thorough walk-around of their new sports car, dubbed the fastest street legal Porsche of all time, with Andreas Preuninger, Manager of High Performance Vehicles for Porsche, explaining all the important details.
When all the technical details are hashed out, Preuninger takes the GT2 RS up the hill at Goodwood for some rear-engined, flat-six goodness.
[Source: GT Spirit]
With Bentley looking to put more focus on the performance of its vehicles in the future, the snooty British brand certainly chose the right way to show off its latest product at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The Supersports Convertible, the world’s fastest drop-top, tacked the exciting hillclimb event driven by none other than racing legend Derek Bell.
Judging from the photos, Bell certainly made the twin-turbo 6.0-liter W12 overpower the Bentley’s AWD system. And why not, with 621-hp and 590 ft-lbs of torque available. Bentley claims the Supersports Convertible will hit 60 mph in 3.9 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph.
But enough about the stats, check out the exciting action in our gallery below.
GALLERY: Bentley Supersports Convertible at Goodwood Hillclimb
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If we told you Jaguar built a special one-off version of the new XKR grand tourer for the Goodwood Festival of Speed and painted it green, you would no doubt assume it would be a typically-British green. You know, British Racing Green, a color so dark it looks black in the shade.
Oh no… the one-off 2010 Goodwood Special Jaguar XKR is lime green. How uncouth!
Jaguar hasn’t released all the details on this special edition, but expect output from the supercharged 5.0-liter V8 to exceed the stock car’s 510 ponies. Jaguar also promises it will be much louder than stock.
Additionally, the Goodwood Special XKR will get a set of dark-colored 21-inch wheels with a lowered ride height and dark “satin graphite” paint for the mirrors, window surrounds, grilles and headlight casings.
“The XKR ‘Goodwood Special’ has been developed as a one-off to explore the harder side of the XKR’s character and allow our engineering team to explore some performance boundaries,” said Mike O’Driscoll, Managing Director, Jaguar Cars. “The Festival of Speed gives us the opportunity to have fun in a high performance car without all the practical and legal requirements of driving on the road getting in the way!”
Jaguar will present the car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed on July 3-5th alongside the 1957 Le Mans winning long-nose D-type, a Le Mans-winning Jaguar C-Type, the one-of-one Jaguar XJ13 race car and the 225mph Bonneville XFR. All of the vehicles will partake in the Goodwood HillClimb.
To help promote the launch of the Infiniti brand in the U.K., the luxury Japanese automaker will bring its stunning Essence Concept to the Goodwood Festival of Speed in September. Alongside the Essence will be Infiniti’s brand new G37 Convertible. Sadly, Infiniti explicitly points out in its press release that while the G37 will be on sale this year in the U.K., the Essence will not.
The Essence Concept first debuted at the Geneva Auto Show earlier this year and was designed to help celebrate the brand’s 20th anniversary. Not only does it look stunning, but it’s an engineering marvel, boasting a 600hp hybrid powerplant. Under the hood of the Essence sits a 440hp direct-injection twin-turbo 3.7-liter V6, which is paired with a 140hp electric motor.
Lucky Goodwood spectators will be able to witness the first-ever public drive of the Essence Concept as it takes on the famous Goodwood Hillclimb.
As mentioned, Infiniti continues to hold its position that the Essence will not see production, but with Lexus set to launch the LF-A, perhaps Nissan’s luxury arm will reconsider.
GALLERY: Infiniti Essence Concept
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