2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed: What’s Headed Up the Hill

By | June 16, 2014

2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed

The annual Goodwood Festival of Speed, which takes place in the south of England, is shaping up to be a fun one this year. Well, who are we kidding; it’s fun every year. It is a meeting of old and new, mixed with some racing events, a hill-climb, and a head-spinning display of motoring history mixed up with a dash of old-world charm from the Goodwood circuit. Here’s a preview of some of the more exciting things to look for this year.

2013 Bentley Continental GT Speed

Bentley’s fastest production car to date, the Continental GT Speed gets an uprated version of the 6.0-liter W-12, now good for 616 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. That should take the 4000-plus-pound super coupe to 60 in four seconds flat and to a top speed of more than 200 mph.

Cummins 95-liter diesel engine

Cummins 95-Liter, 16-Cylinder Diesel Engine

If you’ve ever wondered what powers massive dump trucks, mining equipment, or train locomotives, here’s your answer. Cummins will display its newest giant diesel engine, the QSK95, at Goodwood. The megadiesel features 95 liters of displacement in 16 cylinders, and puts out more than 4000 hp. Yeah, we want one, although it may or may not be cooler than a slightly smaller engine Cummins fitted to an original Mini and brought to Goodwood one year.

Infiniti Emerg-E concept

Infiniti Emerg-E Concept

Infiniti first unveiled its Emerg-E plug-in hybrid sports-car concept at this year’s Geneva auto show, but it is bringing a working prototype to run at Goodwood. The car will be used as a sort of proof of concept for its Lotus-derived hybrid system, which is similar to the one used in the Lotus Evora 414E hybrid.

Jaguar F-Type concept

Jaguar F-type Prototype

Jaguar already has shown off its upcoming F-type roadster in camouflaged-prototype form, but now it will show off the car at Goodwood—in camouflaged-prototype form. But Jag isn’t just putting the F-type on display; instead, it is running it in the event’s hill-climb. Yes, the car will be covered, but the hill-climb will give the public its first exposure to the F-type’s engine note. The fun will be in determining whether the test mule is powered by a supercharged V-6 or a 5.0-liter V-8—the production car will get both.

Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid Concept

Lotus Evora 414E Hybrid

The Lotus Evora 414E hybrid was first introduced as a concept at the Geneva auto show in 2010. It is now at Goodwood as a running prototype powered by two electric motors and a three-cylinder range-extending engine that combine to put out 408 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque. The three-cylinder was designed to run on gasoline, methanol, or ethanol.

Mazda MX-5 Kuro special edition

Mazda MX-5 Kuro

Here’s another special-edition MX-5 that we won’t get in the States. It features a unique color scheme, a larger “sports” exhaust tailpipe, and race-car-inspired graphics. The treatment is similar to that of the MX-5 Special Edition we get here. It will be available with either a 1.8-liter four and a softtop or a 2.0-liter with a power-folding hard top.

Nissan Leaf traveling backwards

Nissan Leaf—Backwards

Little-known fact: The Nissan Leaf can, in fact, be shifted into a reverse gear and travel backwards. Perhaps in an effort to highlight the Leaf’s reversing capabilities, Nissan is looking to set a Guinness World Record for the fastest time to cover a mile going backwards. Nissan’s thinking is that, theoretically, the Leaf can go as fast in reverse as it can going forward. This is because the motor simply reverses rotation and drives the same single-speed transmission gear as it does to go forwards. (We assume the production car has a reverse-speed limiter to prevent such behavior.) The record attempt will take place at Goodwood this weekend by professional stunt driver Terry Grant.

Renault Alpine A110-50 concept

Renault Alpine A110-50 Concept

Recently, long-dormant fans of Renault’s Alpine performance sub-brand saw their passion reignited with the introduction of the Alpine A110-50 concept. Those same fans now have something extra-fun to anticipate at Goodwood: the stunning concept car making a run at the historic hill-climb event. There’s still no official word from Renault regarding the Alpine’s production prospects, but we really hope it makes it to showrooms. Just because.

GRMN Sports FR

Toyota GRMN Sports FR and GT 86 TRD

The GRMN Sports FR is the product of Gazoo Racing—Toyota’s racing partner—and is a twin-charged take on the Toyota GT 86 (you may know it as the Scion FR-S or Subaru BRZ). Output is increased from 200 hp to 315 hp with the use of both a turbo and supercharger. Not to be left out, Toyota’s GT 86 TRD gets a slew of TRD styling and performance upgrades for its trip up the Goodwood hill.

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