Here's a list of the most important cars attending the Festival of Speed this weekend.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed (FOS) is one of the world's most incredible automotive and motorsport experiences, combining a car show, racing event, and technical display all in one magnificent event. The 2022 edition takes place this weekend, but while many of us won't be able to make the trip across the pond, we can take some solace because Goodwood's social media team is one of the best in the world.
In the coming week, your social media feeds will be flooded with videos of cars hooning up the Duke of Richmond's driveway.
There have been some special videos over the years, but our favorite remains Airat Mardeev giving his Kamaz Dakar Truck a full send up the driveway. It's the perfect taster of what you can expect in the coming week. For everything else to expect, we've compiled a list of 12 of the coolest things to see this weekend.
The 2023 Aston Martin V12 Vantage will make its dynamic debut at the FOS. It's not the only Aston going up the hill, but it is the most special in a sad kind of way. The V12 Vantage will be the last of its kind, and the 333 models Aston will build are already sold.
The V12 Vantage is Aston's way of waving goodbye to the 'small car, big engine' philosophy. After this, Aston will introduce its first-ever plug-in hybrid in 2024. It recently teamed up with BritishVolt, so we know an EV is in the pipeline.
Bentley recently introduced the Flying Spur S and the Continental GT S. These are your more driver-focused models and come as standard with model-specific design elements to set them apart. The Flying Spur looks particularly pleasing to the eye.
It's also the first time Bentley is pasting the S badge on the rear of a hybrid model. But don't let the hybrid model put you off, however. The 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 and electric motor combination produces 536 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque.
We look forward to seeing it go up against the other available engine, the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8. It produces 543 hp and 567 lb-ft. While there may not be a big difference, we expect the V8's soundtrack to be vastly superior.
BMW's M division is the Central Feature at the FOS this year. That means BMW will take almost every M model ever made, including the sucky ones.
The icons in attendance include the Z3 M Coupe, E30 M3, E46 M3, E34 M5, E39 M5, the V10 M5, 1M Coupe, and the legendary M1. The XM Concept will also be there, and we'd love to see a photo of it parked next to the E30 M3.
While the classic cars have us tingling in anticipation, we're more excited about the BMW M3 Touring and the M4 CSL going up the hill. The CSL will undoubtedly be faster, but it can't match the Wagon when it comes to cool factor.
Unfortunately, watching the Wagon go up the hill is the closest most of us will ever get to it.
Czinger is going across the pond to represent the USA. We'll be chatting to the people behind this car to bring you even more details, but the headlines alone are incredible. The 21C is a hybrid supercar with two electric motors in the front and a mid-mounted 2.9-liter twin-turbocharged flat-plane V8 engine. The combined power output is 1,250 hp at 11,000 rpm. Much of the car is 3D-printed, and it features a two-seat layout with the passenger behind the driver.
The Czinger already set a lap record at Laguna Seca, so we're amped to see what it can do at the FOS.
The $2.25 million Ferrari Daytona SP3 is already sold out, so this is, once again, the closest most of us will ever get to the car.
As part of Ferrari's ultra-exclusive Icona series, the SP3 was built to celebrate Ferrari's victory at the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona. Ferrari finished in first, second, and third place.
We're most excited about hearing the SP3 in action. With 829 hp and 514 lb-ft on tap, the SP3 is Ferrari's most powerful naturally aspirated V12 engine ever produced. Combine that with an open top and an award-winning design, and Goodwood has never looked or sounded this good.
Ford has confirmed that the new Ranger Raptor will be in attendance, but at the off-road track. We presume that'll be a regularly-liveried item alongside the proud and highly-relevant Very Gay Raptor, perfect for highlighting masculine insecurity.
We hope Ford is brave enough to take it up the driveway because we'd like to see how it handles a twisty piece of tarmac. The outgoing Ranger Raptor was significantly underpowered, but the new model comes standard with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 producing 392 horsepower and 430 lb-ft of torque. That's nearly double the power of the outgoing model.
If Mardeev can take his Dakar Truck up there, surely Ford can find someone brave enough to attempt the hill climb in a Ranger Raptor?
Kia's first performance car, the Stinger, hasn't been a massive success for the brand. While it may have been a halo, sales haven't been as high as the brand had hoped.
No matter, because it's trying again with the EV6 and Goodwood will mark the dynamic debut of the most potent version of the EV6, the GT. First off, we feel the need to mention just how intelligent and spacious the inside of this car is. It may have a small footprint, but it's easily the most spacious car we've ever sat in this side of the new BMW i7.
The eAWD EV6 GT produces 577 hp and 538 lb-ft, which is good enough for a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds. With electric propulsion on its side, this could be quite the sight up the famous hill.
Koenigsegg's Gemera will make its dynamic debut at the FOS, and we're interested to see what Christian von Koenigsegg's idea of a family car is like.
The most exciting thing about the Gemera is the powertrain. Don't expect an eardrum-bursting V8 but rather the thrumming sound of a mid-mounted three-cylinder engine worth 600 hp alone. The Gemera also has three electric motors and a combined power output of 1,727 horsepower and an incredible 2,581 lb-ft. It's the first Koenigsegg to seat four occupants, making this a hypercar like no other.
Mercedes-AMG will be showcasing its next-generation of performance cars. Sure, it's BMW's show, but the attendance of the One sort of rains on Bimmer's parade. We recently wrote an opinion piece about how AMG is a better enthusiast brand, as illustrated by the AMG ONE. It has an F1 powertrain, for goodness sakes.
On the more (relatively) affordable side is the Mercedes-AMG 63 S E Performance four-door. It still uses the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8, now mated to a more powerful 201 hp and 236 lb-ft. It takes the combined power output up to 831 hp and up to 1,084 lb-ft of torque.
Porsche recently unveiled the 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance, a GT4 Clubsport with four electric motors producing up to 985 hp in qualification mode. In race mode, the power is dialed down to 603 hp. Let's hope Porsche runs it in qualifying mode. The rear-wheel-drive, manual 911 Turbo, also known as the Sport Classic, is rumored to make its dynamic debut.
But what we're most interested in are the rumors suggesting the crazy, massively-winged Porsche 911 GT3 RS could be debuting this weekend. It's not confirmed, but if Porsche wants to dominate the Festival of Speed news cycle, the GT3 RS is the perfect way to do so.
We know Porsche is close to unveiling this car. It's currently running laps of the Nurburgring virtually undisguised. Either Porsche doesn't care anymore, or it's close to showing it off to the entire world.
We hope to see this car in action, especially considering all the other impressive machines. All hill climb attempts are timed, so we should get some idea of how fast it will be.
The Prodrive P25 was only officially unveiled last week, but it will be at the FOS to provide some much-needed turbocharged boxer noises.
This $700k rally restomod is based on the Subaru 22B, but with a host of contemporary features, including lightweight body panels made from carbon fiber. The 2.5-liter flat-four is based on the modern WRX STI but has been re-engineered to provide 400 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to a WRC-inspired launch control system, it can hit 62 mph in 3.5 seconds.
Expect this to be one of the fastest cars going up the Duke's driveway.
The Polestar 5 is a surprise last-minute entry, but it definitely deserves to be there. It's still in the prototype phase, but the FOS of speed will give Polestar the perfect platform to show how fast its next sports car will be. The Polestar 5 is to utilize a new generation of electric drive motors, showcased at Goodwood.
Producing 872 hp, it represents a new era for the Swedish performance brand with supercar performance on offer in a stylish four-door GT for the first time. Alongside the 872-hp Polestar 5, which will be making multiple runs up the hill, the company will also showcase the Polestar O2 concept, which will feature the same platform and electric powertrain, but in a convertible sports car format.