From a drifting Ford Mustang Mach-E, to modern supercars and a Stirling Moss tribute, Goodwood SpeedWeek had it all.
This year's Goodwood was unlike any other. After the annual Festival of Speed and Revival were canceled due to the pandemic, organizers announced SpeedWeek, an ambitious new event hosted behind closed doors combining the best elements of the Festival of Speed and the Revival.
While it wasn't open to the public, the show was streamed online, allowing fans to watch all the action from the comfort of their home. Taking place at the historic Goodwood Motor Circuit, SpeedWeek hosted some incredible historic races, new model debuts, and Goodwood's first-ever tire-smoking Driftkhana event. CarBuzz was at the show to capture all the highlights.
One of the star cars at SpeedWeek was the Lotus Evija, which made its dynamic debut at the show. Lotus showed off three prototypes, with two dressed up in a retro John Player Special-style livery while the other was finished in Solaris Yellow.
Photos really don't do this extraordinary hypercar justice: it looks dramatic from every angle thanks to its extreme active aerodynamics. Combined with its 2,000-hp electric powertrain, the first-ever Lotus hypercar will accelerate from 0-62 mph in under three seconds.
Another standout was the European debut of the Ford Mustang Mach 1. This is the first time a Mach 1 Mustang has ever been sold in Europe, though thanks to emissions regulations it has less power than its American counterpart. Under the hood is a 5.0-liter naturally aspirated V8 producing 453 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque - that's 27 less hp and 30 less lb-ft than the US model. Ford showed off its potent pony car in Grabber Yellow with a black racing stripe as a homage to the original Mach 1.
In the 1990s, the Ford Puma was a two-door sports coupe that won Top Gear's 1997 car of the year award. For the 21st century, the Ford Puma has been resurrected as a crossover. And now there's a high-performance ST version, which made its world debut at SpeedWeek.
Power is provided by a 1.5-liter EcoBoost three-cylinder engine producing 197 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, and the styling boasts an array of sporty enhancements such as a downforce-enhancing front splitter and a large roof spoiler. Sadly, the Puma ST won't be sold in the US to fill the void of the Fiesta ST.
Essentially a rally car for the road, the Toyota GR Yaris is a pocket rocket. Sadly, the GR Yaris is forbidden fruit in the US, but deliveries are about to start in the UK and production began in Japan just last month. Under the hood is a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine generating 257 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque, which is the most powerful three-cylinder engine ever fitted to a road car.
Weighing just 2,822 pounds, the GR Yaris will rocket from 0-62 mph in less than 5.5 seconds and top out at 143 mph, which would have made it a joy to throw around the Goodwood Motor Circuit.
Bentley recently expanded the Flying Spur with the unveiling of a new V8 variant. Making its dynamic debut at SpeedWeek, the Flying Spur V8 may have less power than its W12 counterpart, but it's more driver-focused. Its 4.0-liter V8 produces 542 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque compared to 626 hp and 664 lb-ft of torque from the W12, but it's 220 pounds lighter, making it more agile and more enjoyable to drive. This is a Bentley you want to drive, rather than be driven in.
Better late than never, Lexus launched its first fully electric car called the UX 300e. Making its public debut at SpeedWeek before deliveries start next year, the UX 300e looks almost completely identical to tis combustion counterpart, but the 2.0-liter inline-four engine is replaced with an electric motor producing 201 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque, while a 54.3-kWh battery provides a low center of gravity and a 248-mile range.
There were plenty of exotic supercars to salivate over at SpeedWeek. Among the highlights included the Ferrari 812 GTS, Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, Ford GT, Audi R8 Green Hell, Porsche Taycan Turbo S, and McLaren 765LT. All these models gathered in a glorious, multi-million dollar spectacle for the Motor Circuit's timed Supercar Run.
With more than 50 Lotus race cars, vintage touring cars, and Le Mans prototypes, there was no shortage of historic race cars at SpeedWeek in the wake of the Revival. One of the main highlights was a parade of Formula One cars through the ages to celebrate the sport's 70th anniversary, from the McLaren MP4/6 to a modern-day Mercedes-Benz EQ Hybrid W08. Sir Jackie Stewart even made an appearance behind the wheel of a Tyrrell 001.
Nick Padmore stole the show, however, smashing the all-time Goodwood Motor Circuit lap record in a 1989 Arrows-Ford A11 with a time of one minute and nine seconds, beating the previous record by around eight seconds. The show concluded with a moving tribute to Sir Stirling Moss featuring his 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB/C, followed by a one-hour Stirling Moss Memorial Trophy race with a grid of historic GT cars.
For the first time, the historic Goodwood circuit was transformed into an elaborate driftkhana course. Drift stars tortured the tires of tuned BMWs, Nissan Skylines, and Fords while narrowly avoiding obstacles, engulfing the track with tire smoke. You could smell the fumes for miles. One of the main stars was Vaughn Gittin Jr. in the mighty Ford Mustang Mach-E 1400 Prototype tuned to send 1,400 horsepower to the rear wheels. The sinister hum of its seven electric motors sounded like something out of a science fiction movie. And yes, each car needed a fresh set of tires after every run.