With summer finally here, its time Britains motoring events began to kick-off. It began with the London Motor Expo in Canary Wharf last Friday and culimantes in the world-famous Goodwood Festival of Speed.
The shows are two very different animals, the London Motor Expo gives city-goers the chance to see world class vehicles such as the Lamborghini Aventador and Rolls Royce Wraith in the flesh while Goodwood gives you that, plus an eventful few days of track racing, other motoring events and of course a platform for manufacturers to reveal their all-new models.
For the latter, theres also the added benefit of the picturesque location of the Goodwood Estate which has hosted many famous names down the years. And thats without mentioning the annual hillclimb which gives cars of all different types the chance to take on Goodwoods world renoun track.
GOODWOODS BEST CARS
The average motoring enthusiast will be far from bored, even if you cant catch a glimpse of the new models theres plenty of old classics to satisfying your car craving and the quality of these vehicles has arguably made Goodwood the event it is today. There will be over 200,000 passing through the gates at the iconic location off the Sussex coast and those going will certainly not be disappointed. Here are some of the best vehicles gracing the festival...
The new Vantage GT12 will be basking in the Goodwood sunshine, and not just sitting calmly in one of the many cavern-liek indoor halls and showrooms. The vehicle will be taking the daring ascent of Goodwoods HillClimb and company CEO Andy Palmer will be driving. No pressure then...
It wouldnt be Goodwood without Ferrari. The Italian brand has become such a big part of what goes on here and that looks set to continue this year. The 488 GTB and FXXK will be in action on the hillclimb with the latter looking to showcase its astounding 1,036bhp. Yes, thats right. 1,036bhp.
A very different kettle of fish from Ford every year and that trend is ringing true with the champagne model the Ford Focus RS able to be seen in the flesh for the first time EVER in the UK. Theres also a tasty rumour going round that the GT Supercar is making its way down for a few days out. Dont quote us on that, though.
The manufacturer have enjoyed a real buzz surrounding their extremely rapid Honda Civic Type R. The vehicle has been farmed out for a couple of test-drives but well get a seriously good look when it takes on the treacherous hillclimb. That isnt it, though, theres also the new HR-V and Jazz.
British brand couldnt miss out on Britains premier show without their own helping of pizzazz. Theres a debut fro the new Jaguar XF whos release is imminent. Theres also a nice new Jaguar XJ which has been facelifted.
Not an affordable saloon, Im afraid but exciting news for show-goers looking to ogle the best supercars you can currently get behind the wheel of. The P1 GTR is a monster of a vehicle and youll be able to see it in all its glory with a classy 978bhp and a 3.8-litre engine possibly getting a run-out.
Weve been treated to a few natty screenshots of the fresh new Juke-R. With a nismo upgrade this titan of a vehicle will demonstrate a bone-chilling 600bhp.
As sure as night follows day, the best Vauxhall models will be at Goodwood. The VXR will be there, in all its 1,400bhp glory and there will also be a VXR8 GTS delivering over 500bhp and a pumped-up Corsa.
BEST OF THE REST...
Audi could have a sterling show with the new R8 making its way across Europe to grace us with its presence. The 308 GTi from Peugeot is there, as is Lexus brilliant GS-F model. The Mazda MX-5 inches ever closer to release and well be able to see it here alongside a facelifted Continetal GT from Bentley. These are just some of the amazing vehicles at the Show, theres sure to be a few surprises and plenty of other motoring-enthused activities.
Goodwood kicks off on the 25th of June, meanwhile check out of the latest car leasing deals from all the manufacturers listed above.