Rivervale's Highlights from Goodwood Festival of Speed
The theme at this year’s festival is ‘Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Game Changers’ and as always there was plenty to see whether you are into electric cars, racing cars, road legal performance vehicles or you just like to see some professional drivers show off their skills! Here are Rivervale’s highlights from the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017 …
The Goodwood Festival of Speed Central Feature 2017
The central feature is always an incredible focal point and this year was no exception. The sculpture called ‘The Five Ages of Ecclestone’ stands at 35m tall, a giant white circular shape with 5 arms shooting out each displaying an F1 car.
The sculpture was designed by Gerry Judah and used 1200 litres of paint, 500 bolts as well 16 tonnes of heavy base segment making the total weight of the sculpture 65 tonnes. Creating the structure on site took 6 weeks and 2 weeks are expected to be needed to take it all down again.
So, what does it mean? This year’s masterpiece is intended to celebrate the career of Bernard Charles Ecclestone, with each one of the 5 cars representing a different aspect of Ecclestone’s involvement with motorsports from a driver to a team owner.
For many it was the first chance to get a look at the all-new Ford Fiesta. As the biggest selling car in the UK it was attracting plenty of attention. The design differences on the outside are subtle with a smoothed-out silhouette, meaning the bulge in the bonnet has gone. Design features Ford Fiesta drivers said they needed have been added such as longer windscreen wipers that will clear 13% more of the windscreen and soft close doors that require 20% less effort to shut!
The major changes are inside with the dashboard cleared of nearly half of the buttons on the previous model with control for nearly all features through the floating touchscreen, which is enabled with Ford SYNC 3. The nations favourite supermini will also be packed with technology you would normally expect in premium models such as; Pre-Collision Assist, Traffic Cross Alert, Adaptive Cruise Control and even Active Park Assist.
Also on display was a new model to the Fiesta line up – the Ford Fiesta Vignale. This model represents the most luxurious Fiesta money can buy with exclusive Vignale styling features and prices starting at £21,225.
Renault displayed the All-New Koleos. This is the largest of the Renault SUV family, a spacious interior, muscular look, and off-road capabilities make it a clear choice for families who like an adventure at the weekend.
The boot has sensor technology and the rear seats fold down at the touch of a button making the Koleos practical for those with busy active lifestyles. All this practicality doesn’t come at the expense of luxury though as there are a few features such as heated seats for all and heated or cooled cup holders, that make sure you travel in comfort. Multimedia is controlled through a 7” or 8.7” touchscreen depending on trim level, all models will have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard. The driver assistance technologies we have come to expect in all new models make an appearance here, hands free parking, active emergency braking, hill start assist and blind spot warning are just a few options. The range of engines on offer now are all diesel with the dCi 130 being the most cost efficient producing 128g/km CO2 and 57.6mpg. The other engine option is the dCi 175 which is available as a 4WD or Auto X-Tronic version.
The Koleos is on sale now with the starting price at £27,500 for the Dynamic S Nav which is the entry level for this model. To upgrade to the top of the range Signature Nav will need a few thousand more with prices starting at £29,800.
Lexus had on display the all-new LC 500h which is already available to order with deliveries beginning in August this year.
This hybrid super-coupe has a new rear wheel drive layout to make sure it provides a thrilling sporty drive. The hybrid version is the first to feature a 10-speed multi stage hybrid transmission. The model on display was the LC500h Sport which offers fuel efficiency at 43.5mpg and emissions of 140g/km. The combustion engine is a 3.5l V6 petrol engine with a lithium ion battery to make a hybrid. The LC500h is capable of 0-60mph in only 4.7 seconds and was priced at £85,895.
Jaguar revealed their most powerful performance Jaguar yet under the mysterious name of project 8, which has been designed and assembled by hand at the Special Vehicles Operations in Warwickshire. This vehicle will be the most powerful road legal Jaguar to date and production will be limited to only 300 cars worldwide. This means this Jaguar is likely to become very desirable, very quickly.
75% of project 8’s exterior is unique as is 80% of major engineering content. There will be 2 versions to choose from; a 2 seat track orientated version and a more road based 4 seater coupe.
Project 8 will reach top speeds of 200mph, accelerating from 0-60mph in only 3.3 seconds thanks to the 5.0 litre supercharge V8 engine which can produce 600PS.
The model on display had added options including panoramic roof and premium paint making the total price £157,445.
#1 Audi had on display the all-new Q5. The Q5 has been a best-seller for Audi since it came out in 2008, so it has now received a much needed update to make sure it can keep up with competition from the Jaguar F-Pace and BMW X3. The main focus of the update is added space, added luxury and up to date technologies that lead Audi to claim ‘the all new Q5 doesn’t just drive … It thinks’
The model on display was from the S line specification which is top of the range. 19” Alloy Wheels, LED Headlights, exclusive S Line styling and privacy glass were visible on the exterior. Under the bonnet was a 2.0 TDI Quattro engine with 190PS. The engine produces CO2 emissions of 133g/km and fuel consumption of 55.4mpg. Inside the boot capacity has been increased to 550 litres, more than enough for most families, while the 7” touchscreen colour display allows for connectivity and control over music, navigation and all other apps using voice recognition if you wish. Driver aids now available include; Cruise Control with Speed Limiter, Parking System Plus, Keyless Go, Electric Parking Brake, Multicollision Brake Assist and Pop-Up Bonnet for pedestrian protection. As part of the navigation system a feature called Personal Route Assist can be activated which will learn the places you regularly drive to and where you park to become like your own chauffeur.
Audi’s Virtual Cockpit is also offered meaning driver information such as navigation or speed is presented on a 12.3 “digital screen behind the steering wheel with re-designed head up display beaming the most important information onto the windscreen.
The S-Line model on display was priced at £44,850, the Q5 range begins at £38,035.
#2 The all-new RS 5 Coupe also made an appearance, deliveries of this model are expected to start in the summer this year. This is the second generation of Audi’s popular performance coupe. The design is sharper than before, the car wider and the interior finishes as premium as can be. A new engine has been introduced; a V6 accelerating from 0-62mph in only 3.9 seconds. On the display model at Goodwood was the 2.9 TFSI Quattro engine with 450PS, CO2 emissions of 197g/km and fuel consumption of 32.5mpg.
#3 Arguably the most exciting car on display from Audi is was the Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus. This supercar has a starting price of £147,020 and the aggressive look you would expect for such a car. It dashes from 0-62mph in 3.3 seconds using a 5.2 litre V10 engine which produces 602BHP and a top speed of 204mph.
The Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive series made its world premiere at Goodwood this year. This is the most powerful model yet and only 500 will be made for worldwide sales. Underneath the bonnet is a 3.8 twin-turbocharged engine boosted to reach 599bhp for a 2.8 second 0-60mph time and a top speed of 205mph.
As standard the lucky drivers of this Porsche will get Porsche Active Suspension Management, Dynamic Chassis Control and the Sport Chrono Package. Styling features such as the unique gold metallic paint and exclusive rear apron design set this model apart from the usual.
It is not known how many will be released for sale in the UK, but if you want one you will need to get saving as prices will start around £200,000!
For the first time, ever the MINI is gaining some electric power and this new MINI had its UK premier at Goodwood! The Countryman now has a plug-in hybrid version which makes this iconic city car even more desirable. The addition of an electric motor boosts mpg to a very impressive 134.5 while CO2 emissions are respectably low at 49g/km.
The pure electric range of the hybrid MINI Countryman is 28 miles, more than enough for all those little trips to town. The clever car will work out the best use of electric power and the combustion engine to make sure you are getting optimal efficiency. You can plug in at home using a normal plug socket, or charge up faster using a public charging area.
The MINI Countryman Plug-In Hybrid is eligible for the government ultra-low emissions grant to save you a few pounds off the £31,575 starting price.
The Stelvio has had a lot of attraction as the first ever SUV from Alfa Romeo, and the model they believe could boost sales worldwide, even predicting the Stelvio will make up 2/3 of all sales in the UK. The aim of the Stelvio was to bring the driving experience and handling of a sports car to an SUV and Alfa Romeo are confident they have achieved this.
To begin with 2.0 litre petrol engines and 2.2 litre diesel engines will be on offer. Those who can wait a little longer will have the Quadrifoglio version to choose from. This performance version will use a 2.9 litre twin turbocharge V6 engine with 503bhp and a 3.9 second 0-62mph time … should make the school run more interesting!
The Stelvio will arrive in the UK this summer with a starting price around £37,000.
At Goodwood, this year BMW introduced us to the upcoming 8 series using the series 8 concept. The 8 series will be launched next year and will be a luxury sports car. Harald Kruger, Chairman of the Board of the BMW Group says, “The number ‘8’ has always represented the pinnacle of sportiness and exclusivity. The future BMW 8 Series Coupe will provide proof that a highly dynamic driving style can be combined with contemporary luxury in an outstanding harmonious synthesis”
Very few details exist so far about the engines or specs of the production version, which is due to be revealed in September, until then a guess at the starting price is around £97,500.
The Future of Motoring?
Good wood festival of speed always has the Future Lab where you can see the many possibilities for the future of motoring. Among the many VR headsets was the PAL-V Liberty. This is the very first commercially available flying car we can see on our roads next year.
The dimensions of the PAL-V mean it will blend with other cars on the road, but can switch to flying mode when you need it to. Switching to flying mode will raise the blades to turn your vehicle into a gyrocopter, allowing you to rise above the traffic for a jam free journey! The PAL-V Liberty has space for 2 passengers and a maximum baggage load of 20kg.
Of course, you can’t just buy one and get going, you will need to undertake 35 hours of flight training before you can take to the skies. Flight plans will also be needed if you plan to cross any borders or travel above 3,500 feet.
In Drive mode, the PAL-V Liberty has a 0-62 mph acceleration of 9 seconds and max speed of 100mph from its 100HP engine. In flight mode, you can expect engine power of 200HP, a maximum range of 310 miles and a cruise speed around 87mph. To take to the skies you will need a short runway of at least 330m and another 30m to come to a rolling land. Take-off and landing can be anywhere though, no need to be at an airstrip. So, next year we may all be taking to the skies!
Prices for the PAL-V Liberty will be between £200,000 and £500,000 depending on specifications chosen.
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3 July 2017
Written by Natalie Faughy