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2015 Ford Focus ST Facelift will make global debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Ford announced that the 2015 Focus ST Facelift will make its word debut on June 27 at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed in the United Kingdom. Just like the standard version, the 2015 Ford Focus ST Facelift will get a new design consisting in a new set of headlights, a redesigned front grille as well as a new bonnet that features a centre power dome leading down to the grille.

The rear end also receives redesigned headlights as well as an updated bumper. Under the hood, we expect to find the same engine that powers the current version, which means that we will see a four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine that generates 250 PS and 360 Nm of torque.

In addition, Ford also announced that is teaming up with Sony Computer Entertainment to stage the first-ever “virtual versus real” race on the Goodwood hill. The new 2015 Focus ST Facelift will race in real time against the Focus ST featured in the Gran Turismo 6 game for Playstation 3.

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Noble surprises 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed with new Noble M500 supercar

Noble Automotive has been building the Noble M600 supercar since 2010. Featured in Top Gear, the M600 is currently Noble’s only model in production. That may change in the near future as the British carmaker has made known its intention to build an all-new supercar by displaying the Noble M500 at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

But before drooling at the Noble M500 displayed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, let it be known that this is just a full-size mockup or a non-working prototype. The main reason for this is that M500 is still in its early phases of development, which is also why the new Noble supercar most likely won’t be produced this year.

Wrapped in bright yellow finish with black-tinted glasses, this mockup model represents how the Noble M500 would look like when it is finally built. As a mockup, the M500 at Goodwood is just for show, but doesn’t have the specs and features intended for its final version. This non-working prototype doesn’t even have an interior. Nevertheless, the mockup is visually appealing enough to draw attention of visitors at Goodwood.

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McLaren P1 GT By Lanzante Motorsport turns heads at 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed

Lanzante Motosport is taking advantage of the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed to showcase its latest conversion project – the McLaren P1 GT By Lanzante. Allegedly commissioned by a rich client from the Middle East, the McLaren P1 GT By Lanzante is essentially a McLaren P1 GTR converted into a Longtail, easily capturing the attention of visitors at Goodwood.

Doing a project based from a McLaren P1 GTR isn't something new to Lanzante. After all, the British racing had been converting the track-only P1 GTR for use on the road. Lanzante also had six P1 GTR units converted to become road-legal P1 LM versions. Five of these P1 LM units were sold while the sixth example was retained as the XP1 LM to be used for development and testing. Interestingly, the XP1 LM managed to set the fastest ever time for a road car on the Goodwood hillclimb of the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed, completing the 1.86-km course at just 47.07 seconds.

Now, another P1 GTR is making waves at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, but this time it has been converted into a longtail – the McLaren P1 GT By Lanzante. Prior to the event, Lanzante had been teasing us with the P1 GT conversion. The teases proved to be worth paying attention to, as the P1 GT revealed at Goodwood is spectacularly impressive.

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Aston Martin V8 Cygnet is a one-off ultimate city with 430 bhp of output

Aston Martin Cygnet was best known as the rebadged version of the Toyota iQ city car. Initially sold in the United Kingdom, the Cygnet was considered a failure in terms of sales, and by 2013, it was dead. However, the Cygnet is resurrected from the dead as a commissioned one-off city car with around 430 bhp of potential under its hood.

Compared to its typical base model, the Aston Martin V8 Cygnet is dubbed as as the ultimate city car, both in looks and in power. Making its global debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the V8 Cygnet was commissioned by a customer via the British marque’s bespoke personalization service, the ‘Q by Aston Martin – Commission’ service.

The project started with the steel body shell and panels of a right-hand drive Aston Martin Cygnet, as welded to a roll cage. To accommodate the 4.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine from the Aston martin Vantage S, engineers create a new front bulkhead and transmission tunnel from sheet metal. Also fitted into the project are subframes and suspension from the previous-generation Vantage as well as a steel fuel tank housing (boot area).

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McLaren Automotive is unveiling in metal its quickest and most powerful Sports Series model – the new McLaren 600LT -- at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Built to dominate the race circuits and yet it is legal to be driven on the road, the new 600LT is the latest addition to McLaren’s Super Series family that already includes the McLaren 650S Coupe, 650S Spider, 675LT Coupe, 675LT Spider and 720S.

The new McLaren 600LT is effectively not only the latest Super Series model, but is also the latest McLaren to wear the Longtail (LT) badge. Taking inspiration from McLaren 675LT models and the McLaren Longtail F1 GTR racer, the new 600LT is laden with all the physical attributes of a Longtail like its longer rear diffuser, extended front splitter, fixed rear wing as well as elongated silhouette. Along with the flat carbon fiber floor, the distinct bodywork of 600LT help generate 100 kg of downforce at 250 km/h (155 mph), resulting to greater levels of grip and high-speed stability. The result is the most track-focused Super Series model from McLaren.

As expected, the new McLaren 600LT extensively employs carbon fiber. This material is used for the monocoque chassis and the new aerodynamic features. Along with other lightweight materials, carbon fiber helps the McLaren 600LT attain a lightest dry weight of 1,247 kg, with a power-to-weight ratio of 481 PS/ton.

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Every June or July of every year, motor racing vehicles – especially historic ones -- flock at West Sussex, England to challenge the hillclimb event of the highly prestigious Goodwood Festival of Speed. For the first time in the festival’s history, a vehicle will brave the hillclimb without a driver behind its wheels.

So far, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has been graced by conventionally powered and electrified vehicles. However, all of these vehicles completed the 1.86-km (1.16 miles) hillclimb with a driver piloting the steering wheel. This is due to change this July 12, 2018 when an autonomous vehicle created by the collaboration between Siemens and Cranfield University tries to run the course.

People who might want to witness the first autonomous hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, however, should not expect an all-new self-driving car climbing its way up to the Goodwood House. Instead, they should look out for 1965 Ford Mustang with a distinctive silver wrap. The sides of this 1965 Mustang feature the number “25”, commemorating the 25th anniversary of Goodwood. This autonomous Mustang also features the blue “Siemens” logo and a stripe running on the lower flank with the same color as the logo. Stripes of the same color are also found on the hood and roof of the autonomous Mustang.

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The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is a half-Japanese half-Italian Godzilla that have been gaining admiration from the public since it was announced in June. Now, people can see the reinterpreted version of the legend in metal when Nissan and Italdesign unveil it at upcoming Goodwood Festival of Speed in England on July 12.

So, until the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed opens this week, GT-R fans, enthusiasts and even prospective buyers may settle for video and images released by Nissan and Italdesign. Designed and develop to commemorate the 50th anniversaries of both the Nissan GT-R and Italdesign. The Nissan GT-R50 by Italdesign is still in its prototype form, and the one that will be unveiled at Goodwood could serve as base for an extremely limited run of hand-built production Godzillas.

Italdesign is offering to build customer versions of the GT-R50 prototype, as produced according to the taste and preferences of clients. No more than 50 examples are planned to be built. Each example of this ultra-limited supercar could fetch a price of around EUR900,000 ($1.05 million).

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At the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed, we witnessed a number of awesome cars, major debuts, and some crazy crashes. That’s what makes it an exciting event. But in the end, it’s all about performance where people compete for the fastest lap at the hill - hence, the event name.

In this event, there are two main categories namely: the Supercars and the smaller Race Cars for the Road. Beginning with the latter, for this year’s race, the Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) Mono took home the victory with an impressive 49.54-second lap time. The Caterham Seven 620R came in second with 50.01 seconds, while in third place with 50.83 seconds is the Radical RXC Turbo.

Oliver Webb was the test driver behind the wheels of the BAC Mono. He said in an interview that it will always be a close race between them, the Caterham and the Radical. At the same time, he was very happy to top the leaderboard this year. He also said that they pushed the Mono hard, but it reacted well and even finished with a great time.

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Lamborghini decided to reveal a one-off Aventador S, built by their Ad Personam division, at the recent 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The car’s exterior has a beautiful bluish-grey matte finish they call Grigio Acheso, combined with matte orange lines all over the body. The roof is made with glossy carbon, paired with a matte black exhaust system, and black multi-spoke wheels with bright orange brake calipers.

Inside the cabin, you’ll find a two-tone cabin in black Alcantara with orange accents, to match the exterior design. The colours extend from steering wheel, all the way to the seats. There are contrast stitching, orange trim, and an Opera Unica plate that indicates the car’s unique specification.

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Briggs Automotive Company brings the BAC Mono Art Car at the 2017 Goodwood FoS. Partnering with Autodesk, the team created a sophisticated artwork that bears a resemblance to the Mono sports car’s airflow simulation. The art car, painted in jet black with hints of blue and green at the front and adorned with combinations of red and yellow behind the back, will feature the Autodesk logo all around its body. Those markings will be seen primarily at the exposed carbon fiber fenders, at the spoiler and especially along the left side of the car.

Autodesk made a name for itself in software making within the entertainment, media and automotive industry. As a matter of fact, its CFD software was employed in developing several parts used for the BAC Mono with the help of a 3D model. Since the virtual wind tunnel allowed them to visualize the vehicle’s airflow, it inspired them to create the same visual art for the BAC Mono Art Car.

Because of this, the livery consists of blue stripes that flow along the hood all the way to the tip of the dashboard. To create a “picture” of aerodynamics and airflow, the yellow and red accents instead are seen throughout the rear end of the cockpit.

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The Central Feature Marque at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed will be BMW, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year by showcasing its brands, sports cars, stylish vehicles and current offerings. For this year, the festival will carry the theme ‘Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power.’ BMW will be displaying the iconic BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster, the Le Mans-winning BMW V12 LMR, and the Brabham-BMW BT52 designed by Gordon Murray at the sculpture by Gerry Judah.

Moreover, a couple of BMW’s historical cars will be tackling Goodwood’s famous 1.16-mile course: the Mille Miglia-winning BMW 328 Touring Coupé from 1940, a 1957 BMW 507, and a 1965 BMW 1800 TiSA. Also to be displayed at what is considered as the most prestigious motoring festival in the world are an array of classic and modern BMW like the legendary WR 750 Kompressor from 1929, 1966 BMW R50 S Kaczor, and a 1976 BMW R90 S 76 as well as the BMW M4 GTS from BMW Motorsport GmbH.

This BMW M4 GTS is also bound to challenge the Goodwood hill with its 500-hp water-injected a six-cylinder in-line engine. Moreover, a distinct ‘M Avenue’ will pay tribute to legendary BMW M cars from the last four decades alongside the latest M products like new BMW M2 compact sports coupé.

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If you wish to spend up to $50,000 to get a high performance car, you are going to find there is a huge list to pick from. Even at $40,000, there are a lot of models in the market to choose from.

Nevertheless, if your budget is not that high, it gets harder to choose a powerful car, for the list starts to fill with more and more humble options, or so it has been until now. Nowadays, the market aims to offer young buyers a vehicle that can offer them the excitement and emotion of a fast, high level performing car at more friendly prices.

Basically, the market aims to balance power with price so people can get cheaper cars without sacrificing the excitement of a high-octane performance vehicle. Although you can get a quite powerful car bellow $20,000, the range of options gets broader at prices between $20,000 and $27,000.

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Ford is having a good harvest so far this year for its Focus ST in the United Kingdom, especially after the carmaker introduced new petrol and diesel powertrains. In fact, Ford has already sold nearly 6,700 diesel and petrol versions of the Focus ST in the UK so far this year, a far cry from the 2,460 units sold in the entire duration of last year.

The new 185PS diesel Focus ST accounts for around 45 percent of demand in the UK while the 250PS EcoBoost petrol model generated 55 percent of sales in the country. Ford has now sold over 50,000 units of the Focus ST since 2002, when it introduced the ST170 in the market.

For the next model year, the diesel version of the Focus ST will be available with a six-speed dual-clutch PowerShift transmission, the deliveries of which are scheduled in early 2016. With this new transmission, the diesel Focus ST can now be driven either in full automatic mode or in the manual mode through the paddle mounted behind the steering wheel.

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Engine tuning expert Mountune is offering a performance upgrade for those who own a Ford Focus ST in the UK. With this kit, there is an increase in the power output of the Ford Focus ST’s 2.0 EcoBoost engine from 250 to 275 PS.

But don’t worry about the warranty because it won’t be voided if a Ford dealer adds this upgrade. Included in Mountune’s upgrade package are a large capacity alloy intercooler, high-flow dual-entry air filter, low-loss cast crossover duct with silicone hose, and performance-map calibration that was specifically developed for the model.

This kit improves the power output by 10% to 5,500rpm as well as boosts the torque from 345Nm to 400Nm at 2,750rpm. Ford of Britain sales director Kevin Griffin said that this modification kit on the 2015 Ford Focus ST 275PS is the newest addition to Ford dealers’ offering of parts and accessories.

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Three of Infiniti’s latest concept models will be put on display on June 26 to 29 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year. In Sussex, visitors will see the display entitled: ‘Infiniti Shapes The Future’. You can find Infiniti’s Festival of Speed stand near the Supercar Paddock at ‘the world’s largest motoring garden party’.

Two of these award-winning concepts have not been viewed in the UK yet. The three of them will preview cars that will soon enter production. This event will mark the first time that these three concepts are in one display, offering us an exclusive view of the latest key models in the growing Infiniti range and a closer look at its new design direction.

EMEA VP Francois Goupil De Bouille said that Infiniti considers design at the heart of everything that it does. He also pointed out that what makes its concept models stand out are their “boldness and seductive appeal.” He added that the company won’t miss the opportunity to show its newest concepts to “such an influential audience.”

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A one-off collection of six classic Toyota GT86 coupes will debut on June 25 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s Moving Motor Show. These cars can be booked for public test drives on a course that includes Goodwood’s hillclimb. The GT86 sports car has roots in generations of classic performance cars from Toyota, with their amazing handling and their timeless, low-slung styling.

This fleet is being built as a tribute to the iconic race and rally cars during the past half-century. These cars were transformed and given retro styling and classic liveries. Every coupe takes inspiration from a different car. There are a couple of sporting versions of the automaker’s 2000GT (its original sports car) and the 1970s Celica 1600GT rally car from Ove Andersson.

This vehicle was part of the inspiration behind Toyota’s full international motorsports programme. The other machines that were celebrated in this fleet are the IMSA GTU Celica that joined in races in North America in the 1980s and the World Rally Championship Celica GT-Four and the Esso Ultron Tiger Supra that you may recognize from the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship.

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At this year’s Festival of Speed, Ferrari is unveiling its most recent mid-rear-engined V8 supercar, the 488 GTB, and the FXX-K to UK audiences. These two cars will be participating in the 1.6 mile Goodwood Hill Climb together with a full supporting lineup of Ferrari cars. The 488 GTB would be the first mid-engined twin-turbo V8 from Ferrari ever since the legendary 288 GTO and F40.

It boasts 650CV and has a one-of-a-kind engine management system that produces torque in a controlled and sustained manner with zero turbo lag and response times similar to that of a naturally-aspirated V8 engine. It comes as no surprise that the vehicle is powered by a new 3902 cc V8 turbo engine that produces an outstanding 670 hp at 8,000 rpm and 760 Nm of torque in the seventh gear.

This is different from the 3855 cc unit that is used on the California T. The rear wheels get power through a modified seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox taken from the 458 Italia. Ferrari said that the gearbox is equipped with a new Variable Torque management system that can smoothly release the torque right across the rev range.

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The Skoda CitiJet Concept car had its debut in the United Kingdom at the Goodwood Festival of Speed . The Citigo-based convertible was featured alongside the Yeti Xtreme and VisionC concept cars. For those who don't know the CitiJet was designed and created by 16 Skoda apprentices in Mladá Boleslav, as guided by Skoda head of design Jozef Kaban.

Challenged to create their dream car, the team gave birth to a striking cabriolet that merges a number of innovations as well distinct design features. The Citijet’s exterior features a unique two-tone metallic paintwork, 16-inch wheels and a hand-crafted rear spoiler.

The interior features a red-stitched, leather-trimmed steering wheel, bespoke seat trim and a dashboard panel in white and red. The Citijet’s cabin features a 300-watt sound system and music-reactive LED lighting. Skoda’s pavilion display at Goodwood – taking on a two-wheeled theme this year -- celebrates the brand’s cycling heritage.

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Earlier this month, we revealed you the first photos with Jay Kay’s Kermit Green LaFerrari before being delivered to the well-known Grammy Award-winning English musician a.k.a. the lead singer of the funk/acid jazz band Jamiroquai. Meanwhile, the artist took the delivery of its impressive hybrid supercar and what better place to show your brand new toy than the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

As a result, Jay Kay brought his Kermit Green LaFerrari to Festival of Speed, celebrating UK debut of the Italian supercar. In addition, Ferrari also brought a second red LaFerrari, its latest limited series car with only 499 examples being made.

Both Laferrari models present at the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed are powered by the 6.3-liter V12 engine that generates 800 hp @ 9,250 rpm and 700 Nm of torque @ 6,750 rpm. LaFerrari also carries an electric motor that delivers an additional 163 hp (120 kW), bringing the total output to an impressive 963 hp.

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The 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed also marked the debut of the first BMW Individual M4 Coupe build for the United Kingdom. Wearing a Tanzanite Blue metallic coat, the M4 Coupe also featured components from the BMW M Performance Accessories range, which will arrive on 12 September 2014.

As a result, the special M4 Coupe was fitted with a carbon-fibre front splitter, carbon-fibre rear spoiler, carbon-fibre rear diffuser and carbon-fibre wing mirrors. In order to deliver a proper sound, an M Performance sports exhaust was installed, featuring Titanium exhaust trims.

Inside, the vehicle comes with a steering wheel wrapped in Alcantara and featuring a race display. These specifications were chosen by fans of our friends from PistonHeads and two of the lucky competition winners drove the car up the hill as part of the Moving Motor Show.

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