Porsche racers gathered outside the Goodwood house to mark the brand’s 75th year making sports cars
Motoring extravaganza celebrates 30th anniversary; Porsche centrally featured company to mark its 75 years
It is, at last, time for this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Join us on the ground and on this page from Thursday 13 July to Sunday 16 July as we cover all the latest car unveilings and public debuts, as well as some of the best classic machinery the world has to offer.
This year’s theme, Goodwood 75, celebrates the 75 years of motorsport history since the Goodwood Motor Circuit opened in 1948, as well as 30 years of the Festival of Speed.
The famed Goodwood hillclimb features a series of cars that celebrate the various eras of motorsport at the site: a group for the racing years (1948-1966); the testing years (post-1966); the Festival of Speed’s 30th anniversary (1993-2023); the return of racing (1998-2023) and the next 75 years. They will be joined by a roster of brand-new metal and special exhibits, including air displays by the Red Arrows on Thursday and Friday.
Porsche, which this year marks 75 years since it produced its first sports car, will be celebrated by the Festival of Speed’s central feature, this year designed by Gerry Judah. The firm will also show several new cars at the event.
So, what should you look out for at this year’s Festival of Speed? We’ve compiled a list of the biggest arrivals…
Cars to see at the 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed
AIM EV Sport 01
The designer of the Nissan GT-R has returned to the drawing board to create this shapely 483bhp electric sports car that weighs just 1425kg. It uses two liquid-cooled, high-performance electric motors (one on each of the rear wheels) with a maximum speed of 10,000rpm. They draw their reserves from an 81kWh battery split into four packs for a total torque figure of 582lb ft, helping it to achieve a sub-6.0sec 0-62mph time.
With its sights set on the mainstream market, Alpine is launching this Renault 5-based hot hatchback, which will make its public debut at Goodwood. With an FIA-approved racing chassis and two motors mounted on the front axle, the production car promises to be a more usable accompaniment to the widely acclaimed A110, while retaining the marque’s sporting character.
Ariel Atom 4R
In a surprise unveiling, Ariel has taken the covers off the latest development of the Atom. Dubbed the 4R, it’s the most powerful four-cylinder version of the track toy to date, boosting the Honda-sourced powerplant to a whopping 400bhp. That’s not all, because it also gets a new Quaife six-speed sequential gearbox, Öhlins dampers, and carbon-ceramic disc brakes.
Aston Martin Valour
Aston Martin’s latest bespoke creation is a supercar heavily inspired by the one-off Victor, equipped with a thunderous 705bhp V12 and a specially developed six-speed manual gearbox. It will not, however, be shown to the general public at Goodwood – it is reserved for private previews only.
Inspired by the original S1 Quattro Group B rally car, the Hoonitron is a no-holds-barred electric car designed specifically to shred tyres. It’s said to be capable of spinning into a 93mph donut from a standstill so is expected to put on a good show going up the Goodwood hill.
BMW 5 Series and i5
The new BMW 5 Series is one of the most anticipated cars of 2023, and it will appear in the UK in public for the first time at the Festival of Speed. An all-electric i5 variant will also be present at the event, with both cars taking to the famous hillclimb. This generation will be the final time the 5 Series is sold with an internal combustion engine, so make sure you visit the German brand’s stand to say your goodbyes.
Caterham Project V
Caterham has at last shown off its vision of a lightweight electric sports car, saying it could enter production as soon as 2026. Called the Project V, it features a single electric motor that drives 268bhp through the rear wheels, as well as 55kWh battery set-up that gives a targeted real-world range of 249 miles. And that’s not all: the production car is targeting a kerb weight of 1190kg, less than a Toyota GR86.
Caterham Seven EV
Two prototypes of Caterham’s 700kg, 322bhp EV will make their debut at Goodwood, signalling a new beginning at Caterham as the firm dips its toes in EV waters. The cars will look to match the 3.4sec 0-62mph performance of a 237bhp Seven 485, have enough battery power to perform flat out on track for 20 minutes and be able to fully recharge via a 150kW charger in 15 minutes.
Czinger Hyper GT
This striking hypercar from American start-up Czinger is touted as “the most powerful grand tourer ever produced”. It will get the same 1233bhp twin-turbocharged 2.88-litre hybridised V8 engine as the firm’s more track-focused 21C coupé, mounted at the front. With gullwing doors, 3D printed wheels, and camera-operated side mirrors, it commands a hefty price of between $750,000 (£613,260) and $1 million (£817,680).
This jaw-dropping re-work of the 488 GT3 race car is a sign of things to come from Ferrari, with an outlandish aerodynamic design and a removable rear spoiler.
Ford Explorer EV
Ford’s new era begins with the Explorer EV, which made its dynamic debut at Goodwood. An electric family SUV roughly the same size as the Hyundai Ioniq 5, it’s based on Volkswagen Group underpinnings and marks the company’s shift to more upmarket cars designed around the notion of ‘American-ness’. It will be joined on the hill by the new Ford Mustang Dark Horse, as well as the GT3 and GT4 racers based on the new muscle car.
Genesis GV80 Coupé Concept
This concept is a coupé version of the Korean luxury brand’s GV80 SUV. Genesis says the concept “serves as a statement of intent for the future, hinting towards more emotional and performance-oriented models”, meaning it gets much sportier styling than any Genesis model to date. It is expected to rival the likes of the Audi RS Q8 and Porsche Cayenne Coupé when it reaches production. Alongside the GV80 Coupé, the brand will launch an entirely new model on 13 July. Little is known about it, but check back later as we continue to report.
HiPhi Z and Y
HiPhi will make its UK brand debut with the Z grand tourer and X mid-sized SUV. The Z’s appearance on the Goodwood hillclimb will mark the car’s dynamic debut. Its twin electric motors enable the car to achieve a 3.8sec 0-62mph time. The new HiPhi Y, meanwhile, will be a part of static displays on the Electric Avenue.
Hyundai Ioniq 5 N
Hyundai has finally taken the covers off the hotly-anticipated Ioniq 5 N, a 600bhp-plus electric mega-hatch that aims to inject “feeling and emotion” into the EV era. Key to that is a system that simulates a combustion car’s power delivery, gearchanges and sound, which ‘revs’ to 8000rpm.
Ineos Grenadier FCEV
Ineos has converted the Grenadier 4×4 to hydrogen-fuel-cell power in a bid to demonstrate the technology’s viability. Under the bonnet’s ‘power bulge’ you’ll find a BMW-sourced fuell cell capable of storing 5kg of hydrogen, giving the 4×4 a claimed range of 124 miles.
Ineos Grenadier Quartermaster
Not only has Ineos converted the Grenadier to run on hydrogen, but it’s also stretched the chassis and chopped the rear end up to create a pick-up, dubbed the Quartermaster. It aims to be the most capable off-road pick-up available, offering impressive specifications and a utilitarian design philosophy.
Kia’s widely reported seven-seat flagship will make its UK debut at Goodwood. It will launch later this year with a choice of two powertrains: rear-wheel drive with 200bhp and 258lb ft that takes it from 0-62mph in 9.4sec; and a dual-motor version offering 378bhp and 442lb ft, along with a 6.0sec 0-62mph time. It marks the beginning of a bold new design era for Kia as it progresses with its ambitious ‘Plan S’ to launch another 13 bespoke EVs by 2027.
Lamborghini SC63 LMDh
Sant’Agata is heading to the top flight of sportscar racing with the SC63, a hybrid prototype that carries strong links to its road-going line-up. It’s powered by a bespoke 3.8-litre V8 with two turbochargers mounted in a ‘cold V’ set-up, said to improve cooling and serviceability. It’ll compete in next year’s World Endurance Championship, and contend in the hallowed 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Lotus Emira four-cylinder
The less powerful, four-pot version of Hethel’s latest sports car will be unwrapped at Goodwood. It’ll feature the turbocharged M139 engine used in the Mercedes-AMG A45, but with “fundamental changes”, including a new intake and exhaust system. These tweaks mean it now puts out 360bhp and 317lb ft, slightly less than in entry-level AMG cars. Prices for a First Edition Emira with the new engine start from £77,795.
Maserati’s final V8s
Maserati has announced that it will end V8 production this year, sending the engine off with special editions of the Ghibli super-saloon and Levante SUV. Both are inspired by the first V8-engined Maserati, produced 64 years ago.
The new 750S is the thoroughly updated and enhanced replacement for the 720S. Subtly restyled but said to be 30% new under the skin, the 1277kg 750S is the lightest series-production McLaren road car yet. It’s available in hard-top and Spider guises, and has been designed to provide “a new benchmark” in the supercar segment. Bringing with it a power bump over the 720S to 750PS (740bhp), it gets a “segment-leading” power-to-weight ratio of 579bhp per tonne.
McLaren Solus GT
The Solus is McLaren’s limited-run, single-seat track car derived from a video-game concept. Making its UK debut at Goodwood, it has been created specifically for speed, downforce and lap records. Powered by a naturally aspirated V10 with more than 830bhp, it weighs less than 1000kg and produces 1200kg of downforce at full speed – which is, according to McLaren, more than 200mph.
McMurtry Spéirling Pure
The Spéirling broke the Goodwood hillclimb record last year, and McMurtry has now revealed a track-only version for the public to buy. On sale from £984,000, the single-seat, 1000bhp demon is more efficient that the standard car, meaning it’s, unbelievably, even faster. You can see it in public for the first time at this year’s Festival of Speed.
MG 4 XPower
The XPower version of the MG 4 EV will make its public debut at Goodwood, complete with more aggressive styling tweaks and an upgraded powertrain that delivers 429bhp and 443lb ft of torque through all four wheels. The result is a 0-62mph time of 3.8sec, putting it on par with the likes of the Mercedes-AMG A45. Unlike that hot hatch, though, the 4 XPower costs from £36,495.
The Cyberster is the first all-new sports car to be fitted with an MG badge since the MG F in 1995. The Chinese firm says it wil be the world’s first “affordable” EV roadster, with prices starting at £55,000 for a rear-wheel-drive 309bhp version and rising to £65,000 for a dual-motor, four-wheel-drive variant with 536bhp. It is sure to draw a sizeable crowd.
MG has also shown the EX4, an electric hyper-hatch that pays tribute to the brand’s iconic Group B Metro 6R4. Based on the 4 XPower, it uses the same 429bhp dual-motor electric powertrain that allows the road car to dispatch the 0-62mph sprint in 3.8sec. Its large rear spoiler, chiselled front wing and wide-box wheel arches are a clear reference to the 1980s rally car, jutting out from the basic 4’s bodywork.
This Tesla Model 3 rival is expected to arrive in the UK later this year, after it makes its debut as the brand’s fifth production model. It is based on the same ‘Technology Platform 2.0’ as the ET7. It’s available exclusively with a twin-motor powertrain, which comprises a 201bhp asynchronous motor on the front axle and a 282bhp motor at the rear, for total combined outputs of 483bhp and 516lb ft. The 0-62mph sprint is dispatched in 4.3sec, but Nio has yet to disclose a top speed figure. Prices begin from €49,900 (£42,600) in Germany, with a 75kWh battery adding €12,000 (£10,200) and a 100kWh pack adding €21,000 (£17,900). Leasing the battery costs €169 (£144) per month for a 75kWh unit, or €289 (£247) for 100kWh.
The designer of the original Lotus Elise has reimagined his seminal sports car as a rapid-charging EV that will take the form of a road-going prototype in November this year, ahead of sportier versions planned for the coming years. Hosting highly advanced battery hardware from a British-based technology firm called Nyobolt, this striking electric concept is expected to be limited to 25 cars per year if it goes into production, which will be decided around 12 months after the proof-of-concept prototype hits the road. Weighing just 1246kg and with 368lb ft and 470bhp, for a power-to-weight ratio of 400bhp-per-tonne, it promises to combine familiar ICE levels of sports car performance with a usable electric range of 155 miles.
Porsche Mission X
Porsche will celebrate its big anniversary this year with the Mission X concept, a 75th birthday present to itself. The electric hypercar previews a potential EV successor to the Carrera GT and 918 Spyder, so you can guarantee it will be a very powerful machine indeed. A powertrain that could offer around 1500bhp will be key to achieving its goal of becoming the fastest road-legal car to yet around the Nürburgring.
The updated Porsche Cayenne will be showcased at this year’s event. The German car maker’s larger SUV gets a new set of upgraded engines, plus a revised chassis and a total interior overhaul. It’s unlikely that we will see the electric Cayenne, though, which is not due on UK roads until 2025.
Porsche 718 Spyder GT4 RS
This will be the last Porsche 718 Boxster and the most powerful yet. It takes 493bhp and 332lb ft from a GT3-based atmo 4.0-litre flat six with an ear-splitting 9000rpm redline. That’s mated to a “lightning-speed” seven-speed PDK automatic gearbox, all of which combine to propel the roadster from 0-62mph in just 3.4sec. It’s likely this £123,000 sports car will be one of the most popular cars at this year’s event.
Renault 4Ever Trophy
The outlandish Renault 4Ever Trophy concept will make its UK debut at Goodwood, previewing what the upcoming new Renault 4 will look like. Drawing its power from a 42kWh nickel-cobalt-manganese battery mounted under the floor, the EV is expected to give a range of around 250 miles and is propelled by a 134bhp synchronous motor on the front axle.
Renault Turbo R5 3E
Renault’s 5 Turbo 3E is a reinvention of the iconic 5 Turbo 2. Created to show EVs can be fun, it has a 374bhp electric motor, three drift modes and pink, yellow and blue LED stripes flashing on the front of the car to give a “1980s video game vibe”.
Singer DLS Turbo
The DLS and its massive rear wing are both borne out of the learnings the California-based firm has made from two projects – the Dynamics and Lightweighting Study and the Turbo Study. It’s due to appear at Goodwood between the 13-16 July, with two examples built to showcase the model to the public. One is a blood orange, track-focused rocket and the other is created to work on the public road, with a much tamer appearance. The racer is shown above.
Tamiya Wild One
The Tamiya Wild One radio-controlled car – a mainstay of the 1980s toy box and highly collectable today – has been turned into the full-sized, road-legal electric dune buggy of your dreams. Available to order from £35,000, the Wild One Max is the work of Bicester-based The Little Car Company, known for its downsized EV reworkings of iconic classics like the Ferrari 250 TR and Bugatti Type 35. Power is supplied by eight swappable battery packs totalling 14.4kWh and giving around 120 miles of range. Weight is 500kg and top speed is pegged at 62mph.
Toyota GR Yaris H2
The hydrogen-powered Toyota GR Yaris H2 takes on the hill climb this weekend. It comes after president and CEO Akio Toyoda doubled down on his enthusiasm for hydrogen combustion technology. Toyota has been testing hydrogen-combustion technology for several months now, using a lightly modified Toyota Corolla touring car – which uses a hydrogen-fuelled version of the GR Yaris’s 1.6-litre turbo three-pot – in Japan’s Super Taikyu race series and the Fuji 24 Hours. The GR Yaris H2 uses the same unit as the Corolla racer, with minimal modifications from standard, and has the same refuelling hardware as the brand’s Mirai production car.