Eagerly anticipated electric taxi will have its dynamic public debut at Goodwood. Check out the cars and stars that will be at the Festival of Speed here

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is just weeks away, so we've compiled all that you'll be able to see at the UK's biggest car show.

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Former Grand Prix race winner Robert Kubica will drive a Renault E20 at the event, his first public outing in an F1 machine since suffering severe injuries in an February 2011 rally accident. The Pole recently tested the Renault at the Valencia circuit in Spain. 

Kubica will be joined by a number of F1 stars, including reigning world champion Nico Rosberg, and Valtteri Bottas, the driver who replaced him at Mercedes this year. Ferrari test drivers Marc Gene and Davide Rigon, and Red Bull tester Pierre Gasly will also drive modern grand prix cars up the hill.

Here are some of the star cars, drivers and sights you'll find at this year's Festival of Speed.

Sunday Shootout: a GT showdown

Goodwood traditionally ends with a timed competition, and this year it will feature a special section for stars and cars from the world of GT racing.

The line-up will include Jonny Adam, driving the Aston Martin Vantage that, sharing with Darren Turner and Daniel Serra, he drove to victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans recently. 

Also taking part will be Charlie Eastwood, in his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, Bentley Continental GT3 driver Andy Soucek and Anthony Reid, driving a Arrinerra Hussarya GT3 and a Lexus RC-F GT3. There will also be GT4 cars from Ford and McLaren. 

The Sunday Shootout takes place at 3.55pm. On Sunday, obviously.

Bernie Ecclestone tribute

This year's Goodwood will also celebrate the career of ex-F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. The traditional sculpture next to Goodwood House will celebrate Ecclestone's achievements, and the 86-year-old will be providing his collection of historic racing cars for a static display.

There will also be a ‘Peaks of Performance – Motorsport’s Game-Changers’ theme for the festival, so expect a hell of a lot of high-octane, high-speed fun. There's even a car or two making their debuts - UK and otherwise - so keep your eyes peeled for the first proper look at some brand new metal. 

2017 marks the 70th year of Ferrari, so 70 iconic road and racing models will be on display, with many taking to the hill for dynamic demonstrations. The models on show will vary from vintage Grand Prix cars to the most exotic modern supercars.

All-electric London taxi

Ok, so it might not be a supercar, but LTC's all-electric black cab will make its first public outing at the Festival of Speed. Rather than picking the typical cab driver, LTC has elected 17-year-old Ginetta championship driver Katie Milner to be behind the wheel.

Audi R8 Spyder V10 Plus

The 602bhp machine, the final addition to Audi's R8 supercar range, will be shown in public for the first time at Goodwood. Audi will also show the Q8 Sport Concept it unveiled at this year's Geneva Motor Show, with the new RS 5 Coupe running up the hill. 

McLaren 570S Spider

McLaren's mid-ranking Sports Series supercar gets a drop-top makeover to produce the new Spider.

Subaru WRX STI Type RA NBR Special 

Now there's a mouthful; Subaru's WRX STI Type RA NBR Special will take to the hillclimb ahead of its record attempt - hence Type RA - at the Nürburgring, where it'll be driven by stunt driver Mark Higgins.

Mini Countryman Cooper S E All4

Mini’s first-ever electrified model will make its UK debut at the Festival of Speed. It may not be as fast as many of the Goodwood hillclimbers, but it’ll almost certainly sell more. 

Vauxhall VXR8 GTR-S

Likely to be Vauxhall’s last ever V8-engined car, the VXR8 GTR-S will be taking to Goodwood to celebrate the VXR8’s final fifteen units, which have an increased power output of 587bhp.

Aston Martin Valkyrie

Aston's 900bhp hypercar developed with Red Bull will feature on the Michelin stand, but won't take to the hillclimb. Still, for many, it'll be the first time they've seen the next-generation hypercar in the flesh, and with only 175 to be built, possibly the last. 

Italdesign Zerouno

Following a static debut at the Geneva motor show in March, Italdesign's special 5-unit production run supercar, the Zerouno, will take to the track at Goodwood, alongside the other supercar heroes in attendance.

Italdesign Pop.up

The Pop.up, with its accompanying quadcopter drone, will also be in attendance at Goodwood's FutureLab exhibit. Unsurprisingly, it won't be taking to the hill flanked by supercars. 


Vanda Dendrobium

The all-electric hypercar from Singapore made its debut at the Geneva motor show, and will be at Goodwood in the flesh. It's another on the Michelin stand which will be "built in the tens, not hundreds", so could be your only chance to see one up-close. 

Ultima Sports Evolution

The fastest-accelerating petrol-powered car in the world, the Ultima Sports Evolution, is another car which will be on Michelin's stand. You can read more about it and its fastest-accelerating compatriots here.

Honda Civic Type R

The hardcore Civic Type R will make its UK debut at Goodwood, and its 316bhp should make it one of the quicker hillclimbers. It already has a front-wheel-drive Nürburgring lap record under its belt, after all.

Ford GT

The 2017 Festival of Speed will provide the British public with its first dynamic display of the Ford GT road car. Ford will send its GT up the famous hillclimb, piloted by Ford Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell, along with its Mustang GT4 racing car.

Ford Fiesta

The Blue Oval will also offer the UK a first in-the-metal view of the all-new Fiesta, which isn't due on the road until next year.

Proton Iriz R5

Proton may have just been confirmed to be under new management of Volvo’s parent company, Geely, but that won’t stop it from showing off its latest rallying weapon, the Iriz R5, which will be joined by a gaggle of Group B rallying heroes. It’s a long way removed from the Impian.

Drift battle

Goodwood has announced a Festival of Speed first: a six-way drift battle up the snaking course. Drift stars Mad Mike and Vaughn Gittin Jr take centre stage, alongside other big names from the drifting world, including Steve Biagioni, James Deane and Dean Kerney.


Pegged as ‘The world’s first driverless electric racing car’, the Robocar is the star of Roborace, a new racing category for driverless cars. The Robocar will be on display in Goodwood’s new Future Lab exhibit, along with these next two examples:

Pal-V One

Pal-V, Dutch maker of flying cars, will be displaying its One model at Goodwood, as the first of many aviation-themed exhibits.

VRCO NeoXCraft

Another flying car in the Goodwood FoS Future Lab, this one from British company VRCO. It’s a little different to Pal-V’s mass-market-friendly car; VRCO is pitching the quadcopter NeoXCraft as a luxury flying road vehicle, capable of vertical take-off and landing (VTOL).

Boom Supersonic

Boom Technology will display its Supersonic - a 2.2 Mach airliner with a top speed faster than that of the Concorde. The company will also display a solar-powered aircraft. The Supersonic exhibit will be a virtual reality affair in which visitors can walk through the plane’s fuselage.

Extra 330LE

Not a car, but it fits into the speed element of Goodwood; the Extra 330LE is the world’s fastest-climbing aeroplane, capable of climbing 3000 metres in just 4min 22sec. It’s also electrically-powered, and holds records for the fastest electric plane and the best power-to-weight ratio.

Tom Kristensen

Legendary racer Tom Kristensen will also be celebrated at the Festival of Speed; the man dubbed Le Mans’ most successful racer will appear at the show.

F1 heroes

A number of heroes of Formula 1 will be present. Making the hillclimb will be reigning champion Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes F1 W05 Hybrid. He'll be joined by Valtteri Bottas, who replaced him at Mercedes following the German's retirement during the off-season.

Renault Sport is bringing former race-winner Robert Kubica, who will drive an F1 car in public for the first time since his rally accident in 2011, along with current race driver Jolyon Palmer and test driver Sergey Sirotkin.

Ferrari will run F1 cars for test drivers Marc Gené and Davide Rigon, with Red Bull running tester Pierre Gasly. McLaren junior driver Nyck de Vries, who is racing in Formula 2 this year, will drive the team's classic MP4/6 and M8F machines up the hill.

Racer-turned-TV pundit Karun Chandhok will also take part in the celebration, driving a Williams FW08B and FW14B. 

Several former F1 greats will also be present. Sir Jackie Stewart will drive his old Tyrrell 003 and 006 cars, as well as a Matra MS80. Australian Alan Jones will drive an FW06 as part of a celebration of the Williams team.

Double world champion Emerson Fittipaldi will drive a McLaren M23, while race winner Rene Arnoux will be in action in a Renault RS01. Arturo Merzario and Derek Hill, the son of 1961 world champion Phil, will both drive the beautiful Ferrari 156 Sharknose. Adam Tyrrell, the grandson of legendary team boss Ken, will drive his grandfather's Tyrrell 001 machine.

Design genius Adrian Newey, who penned several of the Williams team's title-winning racers, will take part in the Williams and Bernie Ecclestone celebrations, as well as driving a Lotus 49.

BTCC and tin-tops

The Autocar-backed MSA British Touring Car Championship will be well-represented at Goodwood. Honda racers Matt Neal and Gordon Shedden will both be present - although they'll be swapping their Honda Civic Type-R tin-top racers for two-wheeled works Hondas from the British Superbike Championship. 

Double champion Colin Turkington and BMW team-mate Rob Collard will both be taking part in the Supercar run for the German firm. They'll be joined by BTCC racer-turned-TV-pundit Tiff Needell. Another former BTCC champion, Andrew Jordan, will be particularly busy: he'll be driving a Group 2 Camaro, Ford C100, Ford RS500 and an Eagle Low-Drag GT up the hill.

Steve Soper, a former tin-top star who also competed in sports cars, will be driving a BMW V12 LMR. German touring car ace Bernd Schneider will drive a DTM Mercedes C-Class.

There will also be a number of NASCAR stock cars from various eras in action on the hill. Drivers of these will include 2000 Winston Cup champion Bobby Labonte, 1995 Truck Series winner Mike Skinner and Kerry Earnhardt, the son of the legendary Dale Earnhardt Sr.


One of the most unusual UK debuts at Goodwood will be the Audi Group S prototype - 30 years after it was developed. The car was being developed for the planned Group S regulations, but was abandoned when they were scrapped. Hannu Mikkola will drive the mid-engined car up the hill.

Other rally stars in action include Jean Ragnotti, in the ever-spectacular Renault 5 Maxi Turbo, and Mikko Hirvonen, who will drive the Mini Countryman Dakar challenger. Rauno Aaltonen will drive a Morris Mini Cooper on the Forest Rally Stage, while triple British champion Mark Higgins go up the hill in a Prodrive-run Subaru Impreza WRX.


Brooklands' 110 years

2017 marks 110 years since Brooklands opened its Weybridge paved racing track, the first purpose-built track in the world, and another, slightly different motorsport legend that will be celebrated at Goodwood. 

Ferrari's 70 years

In celebration of the brand's seventieth anniversary, Goodwood organisers say that there'll be upwards of 70 Ferraris at the Festival of Speed.

AMG's 50 years

AMG is turning the big five-oh this year, and is celebrating at Goodwood. The Mercedes performance offshoot is tipped to be bringing its AMG GT 4 concept to the festival.

Alongside these headliners, a long list of legendary road and racing machinery will return to the lawns of Goodwood House in West Sussex. Last year's stars included the Aston Martin Vulcan, BMW with its motorsport celebration and the world debut of the Bristol Bullet.

Click here to read our report of the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed and here for the Goodwood Revival.

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6 June 2017
Scrolling through the pictures, the one which made me go "ooh yes, I'd love a shot of that" was the Proton Iriz R5. It looks fabulously agile and fun. I like the look of the quadcopter too. Something futuristic, but with development potential. Electric plane? No thanks. I'm not young, but I'm not ready to die just yet.

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