Love the smell of burning rubber in the morning? We’ve got a massive line up of the world’s finest (and fastest) cars this week from the Goodwood Festival of Speed to Bentley’s latest Breitling collaboration as well as the debut of Jaguar’s first sports SUV.
Know what you need, forget what you don’t. It’s ignition time.
#1 The Best From Goodwood Festival Of Speed
Ferrari F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen suits up and brings the noise to the prestigious hill climb in the team’s 2010 F1 car which packs a screaming naturally aspirated 2.4-litre V8. He also puts the sound of today’s F1 cars to shame in the process.
Aston Martin took Goodwood as the perfect place to show off their first Vulcan hypercar to leave the factory. They surprisingly didn’t hold back too with 800hp on tap derived from a big V12. The price to wield such an unruly beast? $2.3 million. Yikes.
Rod Millen is a Kiwi who knows how to steer. The veteran hill climb master has multiple trophies under his belt from Pikes Peak races and this year brought along his heavily modded Toyota Celica sporting massive aero and 850hp. The car is now twenty years old but it still managed to clock the 3rd fastest time at this year’s event. Skill or just old school combustion power? You decide.
Porsche have taken a pragmatic approach to showcasing their latest sportscar out of Stuttgart – the 911 GT3 RS. The spec list looks impressive on paper with 500hp coming from its 4.0-litre flat six and a top speed of 310km/h. We’ll say no more. Listen to the driver for details on how this beauty handles over the fast flowing corners of the Goodwood hill climb.
Jensen Button must be feeling rather morose at the moment as he’s not only driving a faster McLaren/Honda than his current season’s disastrous car, but also because it was the very car of the late Ayrton Senna. Watch the 3.5-litre Honda-powered V10 launch itself through the greenery with poise.
Kimi Raikkonen is either the most robotic personality in F1 history, or as some would put it, he’s just Finnish. Proof in the pudding is this hilarious 2-minute exchange between YouTube playboy driver Ken Block and the flying Finn as they banter over the day’s events.
Listen to Kimi’s “enthusiasm” as he struggles to identify the car he just drove by the team that’s bankrolling his millions. But not before closing the video with a classic Kimmi one liner about peeing.
#2 Lotus Reveals Wild 3-Eleven At Goodwood
Lotus took the Goodwood opportunity to unleash their fastest and most expensive road racing vehicle yet, the 3-Eleven. The vehicle is an evolution of the slightly more pedestrian Elise and Exige models and does away with all the stuff that racers don’t need – like a roof. If it’s not aluminium, it’s carbon fibre and all this equates to a 907kg curb weight.
Pair that with an upgraded version of the company’s 3.5-litre supercharged V6 pushing out 450hp and you have one seriously ballistic track package. Included in it is also uprated suspension, big brakes and sticky rubber to get the thing to speed, 0 – 100km/h in 3 seconds flat to be exact. Production will be limited to just 311 examples from 2016 starting at US$129,000 each.
#3 Jaguar F-Pace Debut At Tour de France
Jaguar will be returning to the Tour de France in a new partnership with Team Sky. The car they’ll be using as a support vehicle? The hotly anticipated F-Pace performance SUV/CUV. It’s deemed a prototype for now but we can’t imagine it’d be too far off from the production model seeing that it will be rolling on public roads for hours. No specs just yet.
#4 Bentley Continental GT Teams Up With The Breitling Jet Team
One of the longest standing partnerships between a luxury watch maker and luxury car maker is that of Breitling and Bentley. This time around the Breitling Jet Team has formed part of the inspiration behind a special series of Continental GTs. Bad news: it’s purely cosmetic. Good news: they chose the GT Speed to base it off – Bentley’s fastest model in its collection today.
The cars will feature a two-tone paint job of Hallmark and Onyx which appear purplish in pictures but have hues of silver and black blended in. This is matched with the livery on the jets themselves and is further highlighted with Breitling’s signature yellow stripe trailing the skirts of the car.
#5 Potential Redbull Supercar For The Roads
Red Bull are refusing to give up on the idea of their own road-going supercar in the near future, with racing team principal Christian Horner telling Autocar that the idea “is still being talked about” back at headquarters. It’s not much to go on, but given the fact that Red Bull has ties with both Renault and Nissan and have fettled with some of their road cars in the past, a vehicle designed entirely by the F1 outfit could be possible just as McLaren and Ferrari did in the past. Start saving kids.