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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018: what’s there?

Written by: Neil

For anyone who hasn’t heard of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, think of it as Glastonbury for petrolheads, but instead of the sound of Coldplay and Muse filling the air, it’s angry bellowing exhausts.

Staged in the grounds of Goodwood House in West Sussex, the event is celebrating its silver jubilee in 2018 and the 25th annual Festival of Speed (FoS to its mates) is expected to attract more than 600 spectacular vehicles when it opens on the weekend of July 12th-15th.

At the centre of the event is the 1.16-mile hillclimb, which is tackled by virtually every car on site.

Few drivers have come close to beating the 41.6-second time set by Nick Heidfeld in his McLaren MP4/13 Formula One car back in 1999 – although Graeme Wight Jr’s Gould GR51 wasn’t far off in 2003 (42.9s).

It is unlikely that Heidfeld’s record will ever be broken – Formula One cars are no longer allowed to do official timed runs for safety reasons.

But regardless, which cars can visitors look forward to seeing at FoS in 2018?

Land Rover

2018 is a special year for Land Rover too, because it marks 70 years of the iconic brand.

Land Rover will celebrate its platinum anniversary with a parade of exactly 70 Land Rover models dating back to year one with ‘Huey’ HUE166 – the first pre-production Land Rover prototype – leading the procession.

Elsewhere in Land Rover-related Goodwood biz, the fastest-ever Defender Works V8 will be driven flat-out up the hill, while stunt driver Terry Grant will take charge of a Range Rover Sport SVR with the aim of securing the ‘fastest mile on two wheels’ title.

BMW

The 8 Series Coupe revealed last month will make its UK debut at Goodwood.

We’re not sure whether it’ll be the 840d diesel or M850i petrol, but either is good with us.

The diesel makes use of a 320bhp three-litre six-pot engine while the M850i exploits a 530bhp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 to reach 62mph in 3.7 seconds.

Find out more on the new 8 Series Coupe

Bentley

The same 600bhp W12 Bentayga that recently set a new record time for a production SUV on the 12.420-mile Pikes Peak hillclimb will appear on the Goodwood hill, alongside the new Continental GT and Continental GT3 race car.

Mini

Mini will be showing off its new John Cooper Works GP Concept, inspired by the legendary triumphs in the Monte Carlo Rally over 50 years ago.

This design study intends to embody dynamic flair and the ultimate in driving fun on both the race track and the road.

Ford

The blue oval is bringing its Bullitt special edition Mustang to the Goodwood hill.

Created to mark 50 years since Steve McQueen’s iconic action flick, the Mustang GT Bullitt uses an upgraded five-litre V8 engine, linked to a six-speed manual gearbox, to deliver 474bhp and 569Nm of torque.

All this means it can dart from zero to 62mph in 4.6 seconds, going on to a top speed of 163mph.

READ MORE: Ford’s £47k special edition Mustang Bullitt firing to the UK this September

Jaguar

Jaguar recently let its Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) division have its wicked way with the F-Pace and the result will be shown off in the UK for the first time at Goodwood.

Taking the fight to the Porsche Macan, the F-Pace SVR is equipped with a 542bhp five-litre V8, capable of 0-60mph in 4.1 seconds.

The SVO treatment has resulted in a fury of aggressive styling and a new Variable Valve Exhaust System that provides a suitably boomy soundtrack.

Alfa Romeo

Alfa has its own performance SUV too, in the shape of the Stelvio Quadrifoglio.

Officially the fastest SUV around the Nurburgring, the souped-up Stelvio is driven by a 503bhp 2.9-litre V6 engine that can polish off a 0-62mph dart in 3.8 seconds.

Obviously, we’re only scratching the surface here, there’s loads more set to appear at the event.

Visit goodwood.com/flagship-events/festival-of-speed for more details.