Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017: 5 road-going cars we love

Cars, motorbikes and concepts were trashed at the famous hill circuit, but that didn’t stop some of the world’s biggest automobile names in showing off some of their latest offerings for the rest of the year.

After all, this is an event that gets petrol heads all hot and bothered. Established since 1993 near the Goodwood House in West Sussex, the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017 is essentially a turbocharged garden party that attracts almost 200,000 fans worldwide. Either displayed handsomely on the grounds of the house or taken for as spin on the infamously slippery circuit, it’s known for bring one of the most spectacular events on the motoring calendar.

1964 Ferrari 250 LM
A rare 1964 Ferrari 250 LM makes its way up the hill this year.

This year, the festival’s noise and exhaust-filled celebration was held from 29 June to 2 July 2017,  and the standouts were aplenty. Ferrari used the opportunity to celebrate its 70th anniversary by showcasing some of the sexiest cars to come out of Maranello, including grand prix and sports cars endurance racers, as well as road-going ones. Then there were classic cars doing burn-outs, and a 1:1 Lego McLaren 720S that we do not recommend you try building at home.

Of course, what people were excited about the most were the new cars that they could look forward to seeing on the roads (hopefully). Besides the entirely bespoke Rolls-Royce Sweptail on display, and the newly launched McLaren 570S Spider, here are 5 more supercars we loved at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2017.

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Porsche 911 GT2 RS

If you haven’t already seen the gold Porsche that just rolled out of Stuttgart’s design studio, you need to do so, pronto, because there’s another 911 that’s here to steal the limelight — and its the meanest and baddest one ever. Seven hundred horses within the 3.8-litre flat-six (based on the 911 Turbo S) await your command, alongside a gargantuan 750Nm. With larger turbochargers and better cooling systems, the six cylinders manage a power usually only seen in V12 beasts.

Going from nought to 100kph clocks in at 2.8 seconds (0.1 seconds faster than 911 Turbo S) and top speed is 340kph, so yes, it is a speed demon that takes the ‘fastest 911 of all time’ title. Add to that the extra-lightweight titanium exhaust, and you have yourself a damn loud mean machine.

Aston Martin DB11 V8

The first offspring born between Mercedes and Aston Martin comes in the form of a more tameable DB11, which houses the Mercedes-AMG GT’s 4-litre twin-turbo V8. This means it’s also 115kg lighter, which gives the car a lot more potential. Outputs of 503hp and 811Nm are delivered, which is 97hp and 24Nm less than the V12, but you can expect a nimbler car that’s also more fuel efficient. Aesthetics remain status quo save for the pair of bonnet vents instead of quartet on the V12, and a special alloy wheel finish.

Alpine A110

The newly-resurrected Alpine badge might have recessed into the back of people’s minds after the announcement at the Geneva Motor Show, but Renault is back to remind everyone that it meant business. The new Alpine A110 — created to rival the Porsche Cayman — comes 55 years after its namesake icon, and the mid-engined sports car will house a 1.8-litre turbocharged four-byliner engine. A seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox directs 249hp and 320Nm of power to the rear-wheels, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but the A110 is only 1,080kg thanks to a lightweight aluminium construction.

McLaren P1 LM

There are cars, and then there are crazy cars. With 986hp from a lethal combination of twin turbo V8 and electric motors, the McLaren P1 LM made the record for the fastest road legal car up the Goodwood hill with a time of 47.07 seconds, beating a Nissan GT-R Nismo’s previous record of 49.27 seconds in 2014.

This road-legal specimen of the P1 GTR — converted courtesy of British engineering and motorsports company Lanzante — is 60kg lighter than the track-only hypercar. Inside, you get pretty much what you’d expect in the McLaren MP4/23 Formula One car, with creature comforts such as air-conditioning and maybe more comfy seats.

Jaguar XE SV Project 8

As its most powerful road car in history, the XE SV Project 8 is — as promised by Jaguar Land Rover — a hand-built phenomenon with a limited run of 300 examples. Run by the firm’s Special Operations (SVO), this big cat runs on a roaring 592hp thanks to a 5.0-litre supercharged V8. Married with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive, the super sedan charges past other cars in its class with a 322kph top speed and 3.3 second acceleration time to 100kph. Besides being more aerodynamic, the Project 8s will also get unique alloy wheels and carbon fibre bumpers amongst other upgrades.