That concludes another eventful Festival of Speed at Goodwood! What an exhilarating weekend it has been seeing new cars, new records and plenty of new faces. With so much going on, we couldn’t report on everything, so we instead decided to pick out of a few of our Team’s highlights from the weekend.
It was great to see BMW holding a large presence again this year, spread across two stands and with both the M8 Comp and X4M Competition taking on the hill throughout the weekend.
BMW once again secured the Stable Yard and had a fantastic selection of luxury cars on show, including the new BMW X7, BMW 7 Series plug in Hybrid, the BMW i8 and the new BMW 8 Series Convertible. There was even an 8 series 4 door concept to get your eyes on. The stand itself looked incredible and there were plenty of friendly staff on site to help.
In addition to the Stable Yard, they had a second pop up stand with the X4M Competition as well as the brand new BMW M135i. The new M135i has certainly come under quite a bit of critique by some of the die hard BMW community, myself included, however it is much more pleasing to look at in person. I am still skeptical about the move to xdrive and the 4pot engine but I will reserve further judgement until we get our hands on one to test.
Mercedes-Benz Launch the Mercedes-AMG A45 S
Sticking to the Hot Hatch theme, Mercedes-Benz launched their new Mercedes-AMG A45 / A45 S. We say Hot Hatch, but with 410bhp from the A45 S and a 0-62mph time of 3.9 seconds, this is certainly worthy of a Hyper Hatch title. Mercedes-Benz have been one of the leaders in the Hatch sector for some time, but the A45 S takes the crown as the quickest, at least on paper. Its only real rival is the newest RS3 which has a larger 2.5l 5cylinder engine that produces 394bhp and a 0-62mph in 4 seconds.
Honda show off the Honda E
Slowing down the pace a little, we got our first look at the new Honda E! It is hard to get too excited about electric cars as a petrolhead, but we have to accept that this is the way things are heading and the Honda E has managed to spark a bit of excitement for a lot of us. This little hatch provides a great contrast of modern technology, whilst maintaining a retro look and feel.
It’s basic interior layout reminds us of a number of older, popular hot hatchbacks, yet it holds a mountain of new technology including its use of cameras for mirrors which reduces drag! The Honda E really is quirky, I would even go as far to say cool, and I expect this to be a very popular car when it is ready for production in 2020.
A new Record from the Volkswagen ID. R
What a result from VW this year with Romain Dumas behind the wheel of their VW ID. R Electric Race car. Breaking a 20 year old record set by Heidfeld with a staggering time of 39.9 seconds. The VW ID. R also recently took the record at the famous Nurburgring, is there anything out there that can beat it, or are we in for another 20 year wait? Either way, we look forward to seeing what next year brings!