Another year, another incredible Goodwood Festival of Speed gone and 2015 certainly didn’t disappoint. Last month’s celebration of the magic of motoring saw everything the automotive industry has to offer, ranging from McLaren’s track-ready P1 GTR hypercar to Vauxhall’s new chic-city car – the Viva.
Goodwood is where every manufacturer wants to be, from Aston Martin to Volkswagen and everything in between it’s a festival for car lovers of all shapes and sizes. We’re here to bring you a round-up of all the latest car news from all the biggest manufacturers who were there in West Sussex.
Starting off with Aston Martin, the English sports car maker displayed their latest bit of engineering in the Vantage GT12 on Goodwood’s famous hill-climb. The 592bhp GT12 is the pinnacle of the Vantage range and has already sold out its preliminary 100 units. Aston also had their £1.8million, 800bhp Vulcan hypercar concept on show much to the delight of the packed Goodwood crowd.
Moving across to Germany, Audi had a particularly busy weekend. The all-new R8 V10 hit the track in its UK debut and was one of the focal points of the weekend. The German giants didn’t stop there however and also had on display their latest 362bhp RS3 Sportback and R10 Le Mans car whilst the Q7 SUV was ready and waiting for those taking it on an off-road course.
For Citroen it was all about the DS Range and for the first time they had their own independent stand, showcasing their DS 3 and DS 4 whilst the stunning new Divine Concept was also on display for the eager crowd.
Ford, like Audi, had a particularly busy weekend with the introduction of both the new Focus RS and the eagerly anticipated Mustang which is due imminently on European soil. For the supercar lovers, Ford didn’t disappoint, as they brought with them their new Ford GT.
Honda made their presence felt with a startling display on the hill climb from the 306bhp Civic Type R whilst their latest foray into the crossover market, the HR-V made an appearance on the Japanese manufacturers stand alongside the all-new Jazz.
Jaguar’s ever-growing success meant they brought with them the brand new XF saloon ahead of its on sale date in autumn alongside the XJ facelift which was equally impressive
It will come as no surprise that the Mazda MX-5 is the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car and its fourth generation, which we are sure will follow in its predecessor’s footsteps, was on display for the Sussex crowd. The latest addition to the MX-5 family is on sale now and was accompanied by the new roadster and Mazda’s new CX-3 Crossover.
Speaking of Crossovers, none were quite as impressive as our next manufacturers. Nissan debuted their outrageously quick Juke-R 2.0 which boasts upwards of 600bhp and blew the socks off just about everyone in attendance of its remarkable hill climb.
Peugeot had promised us some big news for Goodwood and the French firm delivered with the debut of its stylish new 308 GTi. With a 1.6 litre turbo engine and 270bhp the new 308GTi is set to hotly challenge Ford’s latest Focus.
Another French brand also delivered their latest hot-hatch for the first time on UK soil, Renault brought the new Clio 220 Trophy to the party. The 220 Trophy is a further modified Clio Renaultsport with an extra 20bhp, stiffer suspension and a more efficient gearbox some of the key additions to the hot hatch.
Spain-bound now, SEAT brought with them their new facelifted Ibiza which was another UK debut and was showcased with the Leon ranges two latest additions: the X-Perience and the Cupra ST.
Not having to travel quite as far as many of the other manufacturers on show was Luton’s Vauxhall whom put the all-new Viva to the test via the hill climb. The English brand also brought a range of sporty VXR models with them including a 576bhp VXr8 GTS.
Last and by no means least, Volkswagen delivered one of the most impressive displays of the weekend. There were debuts for the Sport Coupe GTE concept, the XL Sport as well as the 395bhp Golf R400 concept whilst the new Polo WRC challenged the hill.
So, that brings an end to our round-up of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. For more information on any of the cars discussed, give the Eddie Wright team a call today or get in touch with us online!