Just when you thought this year's Goodwood Festival of Speed couldn't get any better.
An eclectic lineup of cars will once again gather at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, which is promising to be one of the most memorable events in years. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this year’s festival theme is ‘Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Game-Changers’ which will chronicle some of the most influential race cars in history. There will also be an unmissable tribute to Ferrari’s 70th anniversary. Not to feel left out, Ford has now announced which of its cars will be tackling the famous 1.6 mile hillclimb circuit.
Making its first dynamic UK appearance at Goodwood will be the road-going Ford GT following the first appearance of the race version of the GT at last year’s festival. Taming the growling GT around the famous hillclimb will be Ford Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell. It will be interesting to see how close Ford’s supercar can get to beating the blistering lap record set by the mighty McLaren P1 LM last year. Priaulx and Tinckness will be joined by their team mate Billy Johnson, who be trading his Ford GT racer for the fearsome Ford Mustang GT4. First revealed at last year’s SEMA, the GT4 is based on the Shelby GT350R-C.
It's been fitted with all the modifications you would expect from a menacing track car, including an aggressive splitter, a large rear wing and a screaming 5.2-liter V8 engine mated to a six-speed gearbox. Expect it to cause an almighty raucous at the festival. Drift star Vaughn Gittin Jr. will also be hooning his Mustang RTR around the circuit in the festival’s first official drift championship. Also on show will be the all-new Ford Fiesta which will make its UK debut, as well as ST-Line versions of the Fiesta, Focus, Kuga, Mondeo, Edge, and S-Max. There’s now less than a month to go until the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed kicks off on June 29 and wraps up on July 2.