Goodwood’s Festival of Speed is an event truly like no other. For four days, many of the world’s most exclusive and valuable cars are not only situated on one beautiful estate, they’re also driven in anger at the event’s spectacular hill climb route.
Here are 10 unforgettable cars from the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016.
Nissan GT-R R33 Nismo 400 R
Immortalised by Playstation’s Gran Turismo, and for bloody good reason, the Nismo 400R. Launched in 97, the Nismo 400R celebrated Nissan’s Le Mans motorsports efforts with the Skyline GTR LM cars.
Along with a bored, stroked and reinforced version of the legendary RB26 engine, the RB400 received a whole host of other motorsport influenced components and upgrades. Just 44 examples were produced.
Here’s a fantastic video all about the 400R from EVO magazine.
Piloted by the legendary Jim Clark and Graham Hill, the 43 was ultimately a failure thanks to the hugely complex BRM H16 engine that was placed behind its driver.
Effectively two flat 8s positioned one on top of another and geared together, the power plant proved heavy and unreliable. Still, the chassis of the car holds a lot in common with its mightily successful successor, the Cosworth DFV powered 49.
Fiat S76 ‘The Beast of Turin’
Created specifically to conquer a land speed record, the mighty Fiat S76 has proportions that might look strange – that is until you learn what is behind its huge brass radiator.
Yep, under that vast red coachwork is more than 28 litres of engine, an engine that originally powered an air ship and one that, despite having just four cylinders, had four valves for each and overhead camshafts. The result was 300hp in 1911!
James Hunt’s Porsche 911 Carrera 3.0 RS
Once owned by F1’s ultimate playboy, this particular car is one of only six right hand drive examples ever produced. Between the huge whale tail and wide mouth air dam are lighter panels in a package that formed part of the homologation process for Porsche’s 911 RSR endurance racers.
The beautiful Jaguar XJ13 was originally designed to take on Le Mans in the 60s , something that sadly that was never to be.
The car you see is the most original example in existence after being rebuilt from a total wreck by Abbey Panels following a horrific shunt in 1971.
It’s a huge shame that the mid-engined, V12-powered XJ13 never made it to motorsport success. For those who want the full story head on over to this excellent website.
Sierra Cosworth RS500 Group A Touring Car
Looking back to an era when touring cars had more power than grip, this is Tim Harvey’s Labatt’s sponsored Sierra RS500 from the ‘89 and ’90 season of Group A Touring Cars, and for me, it represents a true golden age for the sport.
If you’re a fan of these cars then you’ve probably already seen it, but I’d really recommend watching Tiff Nedell getting to grips with the 500hp Cossie in this classic episode of Top Gear – here’s the link.
‘It just looks too perfect to not be a replica’, that’s what a fellow GT owner told me when I started taking pictures of this car. 2016 is a fantastic year for Ford and in particular for the GT40, which took its historic 1-2-3 victory in Le Mans 50 years ago. Ford celebrated in perhaps the best way possible, by taking a class victory in the 2016 Ford GT racecar.
Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo
Developed for Nissan to compete in the IMSA GT Championship, the GTP-ZX T was rated at 641hp thanks to a race-prepped derivative of the turbocharged VG30ET V6 found in the 300ZX road car.
It was strong enough to topple Porsche’s 962, a car that previously dominated the series’ GTP category. The car went on to take home the constructors title for Nissan as well as the `Sebring 12 hour endurance race.
Ford Focus WRC Safari rally Kenya winner
S9 FMC is the Ford Focus that Colin McRae steered to victory back in 1999 with the help of co-driver Nicky Grist at the WRC Safari rally in Kenya. Remarkably, the Focus had only competed in two events prior to this win.
Ford continued to keep the Focus as its rally star in WRC for a further 11 years, winning 44 world rallies and two manufacturers’ world titles along the way.
Lancia Beta Montecarlo Turbo Group 5
Like its rally-bred sister, the 037, the Montecarlo Turbo Group 5 racer held very little in common with the mid-engined sports car it was based on – namely one centre section of its bodyshell.
The car sported three different low capacity turbocharged engines throughout its successful racing career, with close to 500hp in its most potent trim.