Additionally, Renault will show off an almost overwhelming array of vehicles across motor sport, road cars and concept vehicles. The all-new Renault Twingo will be on display for the first time in the UK ahead of its official launch in September, along with the production version of the Captur crossover and the latest Clio.
Four concepts from the ‘Life Cycle’ series of design studies initiated by Renault’s design director Laurens van den Acker will be on show, namely the the DeZir, Captur Concept, R-Space and Twin'Run. A design model of the Frendzy will also be exhibited.
Three groundbreaking electric cars will appear at the Festival. The first is the all-electric Zoe supermini, while the second is the Renault Twizy. The last is the Spark-Renault SRT-01E, the electric single-seater which will compete in the Formula E series later this year.
Landmark vehicles from Renault's 115-year participation in motor sport will also be on display and in action on the hill and rally stage. Star cars include the Type K that brought Renault its first international racing victory in the Paris to Vienna race in 1902 and the rally-bred Renault R5 Maxi Turbo.
U is for...Up in the air
Aviation plays a significant role in the history of the Goodwood estate. This year’s event will include fly-pasts from the Red Arrows (now in their 50th season of aerial displays), a Typhoon and the sole remaining Vulcan. The latter is due to be retired from service next year, making its appearance on Saturday even more precious.
V is for...Vauxhall VXR8 GTS
With its supercharged LSA V8 powerplant delivering 576bhp and 545lb ft of torque, Vauxhall’s VXR8 GTS has plenty of potential for smoke-belching burnouts when it undertakes dynamic runs in the ‘first glance’ category on Goodwood’s hillclimb course.
W is for...Webber, Mark
Mark Webber was a big draw at last week’s Le Mans 24 Hours, where he drove Porsche's new 919 Hybrid. The Aussie will be at the Festival, although contrary to reports his 919 Hybrid prototype will not. However, Webber heads a strong presence from Porsche at the Festival. He'll be joined by fellow works drivers Brendon Hartley and Marc Lieb over various days of the event. Several Porsche Museum exhibits will be on display, including the 962C and GT1 Le Mans winner, plus the RS Spyder LMP2 car from 2008. There will be UK dynamic debuts for the new Porsche Macan, 911 Turbo S Cabriolet, 911 Targa and Cayman GTS road cars, while the 918 Spyder plug-in hybrid will make a Goodwood return.
X is for...X-Games stars
Freestyle motocross riders such as Edgar Torronteras and Petr Pilat, regulars in the X-Games extreme sports events, will show off their skills at the Goodwood action sports section of the festival. They’ll be joined by mountain bike and BMX legends from around the globe.
Y is for...Yamaha
Also on two wheels, Britain’s Bradley Smith, current MotoGP rider for the Tech 3 Yamaha team, is set to ride the Japanese manufacturer’s famous YZR500 OW48 motorcycle, as taken to the 500cc world championship by Kenny Roberts in 1980. What’s more, ‘King’ Kenny himself will return to West Sussex for the third successive summer.
Rival make Honda is also packing the Festival with legends on two wheels, namely Freddie Spencer and Stuart Graham. Spencer, who burst onto the motorcycle world championship scene in dominant fashion in the early 1980s, will ride his NSR500 race bike up the hill. Graham – a successful racer on two and four wheels, will be handling the RC164, the four-cylinder 250cc racer upon which Jim Redman won the 1963 World Championship.