In an exciting turn of events, the all-time hill record was broken by McMurty Spéirling, ridden by Max Chilton on Sunday in a thrilling 39.08 seconds.
The official record hasn’t been broken since Nick Heidfeld set the standard in 1999, with the VW ID R coming close in 2019 when it set a qualifying time of 39.9 seconds.
The house of automobiles and technology returns
With over 60 supercars on display throughout the weekend, we saw world debuts from many renowned manufacturers including the unveiling of the BMW M3 Touring, Mercedes AMG Project ONE, Range Rover Sport and Pagani Huayra Codalunga, in addition to Porsche’s latest star at Le Mans, the Porsche 963. In the paddocks, the Kalmar 7-97, Hispano-Suiza Carmen and GMA T.50 were also on display. Other debuts include Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, Charge Mustang, Czinger 21C, Ferrari SP38, Ford Electric Supervan, Genesis G80 E, Polestar 2 BST Edition 270 and Polestar 5 Prototype, Porsche 911 Sport Classic, Radford Lotus Type 62/ 2, Subaru Wagon Gymkhana GL, Subaru Impreza P25 Prodrive.
In a year that celebrated “The Innovators – Masterminds of Motorsport”, the Festival of Speed saw one of its most impressive sculptures to date, which pays homage to 50 years of the BMW Motorsport division , showcasing some of the most iconic models developed by BMW M The spectacular feature included an E9 3.0 CSL, M1 Procar, V12 LMR, E90 320i WTCC and the BMW M Hybrid V8 – the new high endurance racing car brand level, with Goodwood House as a backdrop.
Electric Avenue: The Road to 2030 is back for a second year, now presented by bp pulse, showcasing the latest electric vehicles as well as a series of talks and Info Center presentations by experts from the AA and of bp pulse. Exhibits included city cars, SUVs, city cars and sedans, with debuts of the Lucid Air and a three-wheeled commuter vehicle from Electra Meccanica.
At the center of Electric Avenue was the Concepts Stage, presented by British Volt, which showcased the next generation of electric cars, including the all-new Lotus Eletre SUV, the Renault 5 prototype and the Fisker Ocean.
Future Lab presented by Randox remained a popular feature of the event, giving visitors a glimpse into the future of mobility in the air, on land, under the sea and deep in space. Future Lab has claimed several world firsts – from Interstellar Lab’s launch of its bio domes to sustain life on this planet and others, to first-hand demonstrations of Move Ai’s motion capture technology. Visitors could also interact with CalmTech’s never-before-seen AI dolphin – using the technology behind Paddington Bear’s recent royal appearance – and experience all-new haptic sensations from TESLASUIT, which creates a full-body human interface with the metaverse. like never before. Astronaut and friend from Goodwood Tim Peake also visited, trying out a number of exhibits for himself.
Magical Motorsport Moments
The Festival of Speed has hosted motorsport legends from all walks of life. Wayne Rainey joined us as he returned to the saddle for the first time in 30 years. His Yamaha YZR500 bike had been modified by moving the rear brake and shifter to the handlebars allowing Wayne to tackle the hill and even get off the line. The three-time world champion was thrilled to be back on his beloved bike and was joined by contemporaries Mick Doohan and Kevin Schwantz, and former crew chief and mentor Kenny Roberts up the hill.
Goodwood was delighted to host several current Formula 1 teams, including McLaren F1 Team, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One Team, Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 Team and Williams Racing. The F1 Pit Lane presented by Sky hosted a unique space for visitors to view the impressive cars prepared to take on the iconic hill climb, allowing visitors to get up close to the drivers and working engineers. Wowing the crowd, drivers George Russell, Esteban Gutierrez and Zhou Guanyu stopped for photos and autographs before tackling the hill. The F1 Pit Lane also hosted Mahindra Racing’s Formula E Gen3 car as well as MissionH24’s revolutionary hydrogen-powered endurance racing car, the LMPH2G.
In a blast from the past, ‘Mansell Mania’ took over Goodwood as Nigel Mansell joined us for the whole weekend. The 1992 Formula 1 world champion reunited with his championship-winning Williams FW14B for the first time in 30 years and fans saw the iconic ‘Red 5’ storm the hill as Mansell celebrated the anniversary of his victory. “I had the most sensational moment of my life!” Mansell said from the balcony of Goodwood House on Sunday afternoon.
Other drivers joining us this weekend included Jenson Button, Tatiana Calderon, Karun Chandhok, Dario Franchitti, Sophia Floersch, Mika Häkkinen, Damon Hill, Travis Pastrana, Bruno Senna, Sir Jackie Stewart, Mark Webber and Tessa Whittock.
Key moments around the site
The Bonhams sale took place on Friday afternoon selling a variety of spectacular vehicles over the weekend including the James Bond classic Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, Jaguar 3.5 Liter Roadster, Mercedes SLS AMG Coupe, Force India F1 Car and the Ferrari Dino GTS to name a few.
History was made on Sunday when the Duke of Richmond was powered by a different type of fuel, after refueling his trusty motorbike with Zero Petroleum’s new synthetic petrol, developed by the former technical director of the Formula 1, Paddy Lowe. Zero® Syn95™ is an early prototype of a sustainable, fossil-free equivalent of the 95 RON petrol found everyday on UK motorways.
Across the manicured lawns, guest appearances from pals David Beckham and Gordon Ramsay delighted fans on Thursday, and NFL champions Danielle Hunter, KJ Osborn and Cam Jordan passed by, stopping to chat with visitors and explore the different elements of the event.
Cartier’s “Style and Luxury” lawn presented a very diverse selection of cars, and the jury was made up of people from the worlds of art, design, sport and the media. “Best in Show” was taken by the 1965 Ferrari 275 GTB/4 from a private collection.
This year, the Festival of Speed supported the charity Race Against Dementia, launched by three-time Formula 1 world champion Sir Jackie Stewart. Fundraising efforts saw the RAF Marham Lightning Rally Team pull a Subaru Impreza over 29 kilometers representing 29 years of the Festival of Speed in aid of Race Against Dementia. Donations can be made on the JustGiving page.
The Festival of Speed 2023
Dates for the 2023 event will be announced in the coming months, which will mark 30 years of the Festival of Speed - visit the Goodwood website to sign up for ticket alerts.
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2022: Photos from the weekend’s four days of motorsport…