Friday, July 1, 2016

Goodwood Festival of Speed

Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster
The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed is held on the grounds of the Goodwood estate in West Sussex, England.

Everything from vintage race cars to the latest Formula One machines and production models turn up. That makes Goodwood a great place for manufacturers to unveil new cars. Here are some highlights from the 2016 Goodwood Festival.

Mercedes-AMG GT R

McLaren P1 LM
The Mercedes-AMG GT R is the high-performance version of the AMG GT. Beneath the flashy bodywork, there is active aerodynamics and a rear-wheel steering system. Mercedes in-house tuner AMG also fortified the 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine, which is shared with other AMG GT models. In the GT R, it produces 577 hp and 516 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels through a seven-speed automatic transaxle.

A company called Lanzante took the P1 GTR track version and modified it to be street legal. Lanzante will only build five production models of this beast, which it calls the P1 LM, plus the prototype unveiled at Goodwood.

The McLaren 570S Sprint is a track-only variant of McLaren’s “entry-level” Sport Series. It isn’t road legal, but it doesn’t conform to the rules of any race series either. It was built purely for owners to have fun with.

The Sprint retains the stock 570S suspension and 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V8, but adds motor sport hardware like center-locking cast magnesium wheels, Pirelli racing slicks, a full roll cage, and racing seat with six-point harness.

The Miura Homage is a special version of Lamborghini’s current mid-engine V12 supercar. Its two-tone paint scheme recalls the Lamborghini Miura, which debuted 50 years ago and set the template for the Aventador. 50 cars will be built. The changes are all cosmetic, the 6.5-liter V12 engine produces 700 hp and 508 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to all four wheels via a seven-speed automatic transmission.

The Aston Martin Vanquish Zagato debuted as a concept last month at the 2016 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. 99 cars will be made. The coupe is the latest collaboration between Aston and Italian coachbuilder Zagato.

The Vanquish Zagato boasts a tuned version of Aston Martin’s 6.0-liter V12, producing 592 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque. Aston Martin says the Vanquish Zagato will do 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds.