The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the most significant events in the motoring calendar, not just in Britain, but the entire world. And 2019 is shaping up to be no different. The focus of the festival this year is on – you guessed it – speed. And while there will be a lot of modern track monsters at the event, you’ll also be able to check out some classic fast cars, many of which have won races at Goodwood.
So what do we have to look forward to this year from car makers?
PorscheOne day, Porsche is going to find itself in trouble. The luxury car brand, unlike its rivals, has been doing mostly the same thing for the last fifty years, churning out one generation after another, the new only microscopically different from previous. Sure, over decadal timescales, the changes are enormous, but it would be nice if the carmaker did something unusual for once, instead of just rinsing and repeating every year.
What can we expect from Porsche this year at Goodwood? Porsche says that it will be showing off its new GTE racer, a souped-up version of the previous generation with bigger side exhausts and an enlarged rear diffuser. For Porsche fans, it’ll generate quite a bit of excitement.
Volvo not only wants to get the cost of car insurance down by eliminating accidents by next year, but it also wants to get into the electric car market in a big way. The company, therefore, is planning to show off its new Polestar 2 model at Goodwood to the delight of EV fans.
The Polestar 2 is a direct competitor to the Tesla Model S – a car that hasn’t been updated now for almost six years. This year’s luxury EV market looks like it’s about to get a lot more exciting.
2019 is a special year for MINI. The company is celebrating more than 60 years of making its iconic cars, and it wants to celebrate in style at Goodwood. The John Cooper Works is the company’s latest offering, a vehicle that’s been doing laps around the Nurburgring in Germany to prove its worth, not just as a Mini, but a veritable sports car too. The souped-up version managed to complete a lap of the course in only 8 minutes, 23 seconds.
Ford recently announced that it would be laying off an astonished 20 percent of its European workforce in a restructuring effort. But that doesn’t mean that the company isn’t still working hard to excite customers with its supercar, the Ford GT.
The GT has always been a little nuts ever since it was introduced over two decades ago. But the latest iteration promises to be the craziest yet, with even more horsepower and perhaps a hybrid engine, like many of today’s top-of-the-range vehicles.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019 is shaping up to be quite an event. Most of the major car makers will be there, all vying for customer attention.
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