September 29, 2023

Goodwood Pageant of Velocity in July. An indication that the summer time is certainly right here.  This yr we have been handled to a full collection of climate: cold and warm, mild drizzle and torrential downpours, overcast skies and blazing solar, skipped on the ‘shock hail’ however had storm winds as a substitute that cancelled Saturday. 

Goodwood Festival of Speed Porsche stand

It was solely ‘on model’ for Goodwood this yr, within the sense that just about each field was being ticked – EV’s, Hydrogen primarily based ideas and ‘conventional’ ICEs. There was a famous person speaking about sustainable fuels, traditional automobiles that have been very futuristic of their time and idea automobiles for our future trying greater than a little bit retro.

Goodwood Festival of Speed main display

This yr the celebrated marque was Porsche.  Other than the automobiles displayed on the sculpture exterior the primary home, all of the race successful automobiles featured of their anniversary parade, the LeMans winners, the traditional 356’s and Ken Block’s Hoonigan 911. Three Porsches specifically that caught my eye; the Imaginative and prescient 357, the Misson X, and naturally the Junior Tractor – I find it irresistible a lot I need to purchase a farm so I can personal one.

The Porsche Mission X is no doubt a future automobile that takes inspiration from the previous, as does the Porsche Imaginative and prescient 357 Speedster, and posters of both would have a spot on my bed room wall if my spouse would nonetheless let me try this.

Porsche Mission X at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Additionally on that ‘poster’ record from this yr’s pageantry can be the Ferrari KC23, the Czinger C21 in ‘shouty orange’, and the Velocity 6 Continuation from these chaps up in Crewe.  Taking pjourney of place can be the Renault 5 Turbo 3E – an out-and-out homage to considered one of my all-time favorite automobiles the R5 Turbo 2.

The Future Retro Chic Renault 5 Turbo 3E

The Hyundai N Imaginative and prescient 74 provides greater than a nod to the previous and has positively put its hand as much as be the star of Again to the Future 4 in the event that they ever make it.  It’s going to be constructed round a Hydrogen gas platform, so together with the hydrogen powered Toyota Yaris GT pushed by Sir Rowan Atkinson this yr, means we now have EV’s and hydrogen stating their case for consideration as various’s to the polluting ICE platforms of yesteryear.  The hydrogen platform is in no way absolutely solved, and I’m not about to begin unwrapping that ball of knots, however two options are higher than one.

The Future Retro Chic Hyundai N Vision 74

This yr’s human star at Goodwood was Sebastien Vettel, who was driving from his private assortment – a Nigel Mansell “Purple 5” Williams and an Ayrton Senna McLaren, each transformed to run on sustainable gas.  Since retiring Sebastien has been an enormous advocate of sustainable fuels launching his “Race without Trace” initiative to assist and develop their use.  In an interview with Ed Foster on the Goodwood web site, Vettel mentioned 

“We use e-fuels in an outdated automobile, which was not designed for them but it surely solely takes a small adjustment.  We use them in outdated automobiles, we use them in new F1 automobiles, we will use them in your street automobile. It’s simply to indicate that there’s another.  The world is altering however we don’t have to surrender on this stuff, we will take pleasure in them in a extra accountable method”

Future Options Ayrton Senna McLaren

With Porsche fuelling the Mobil 1 Supercup and their Porsche Expertise Centres utilizing their eFuel, and Sebastien working his F1 secure on P1 Fuel, it seems that we would even have three options to conventional ICE.  Choices, choices, choices.

For now although, the close to future could be very a lot centered on EVs.  Over the previous three years I’ve watched Electrical Avenue go from being ‘new’ manufacturers like Polestar, to EV fashions from mainstream manufacturers final yr, and a wholesome stability of the 2 this yr, with BMW and KIA sat beside newcomers like HiPhi Y with its gullwing rear doorways, and the Ora Funky Cat. 

HiPhi Y

The Ora was so much larger than I believed it will be, whereas the brand new Ford Explorer was, surprisingly, smaller than I believed it will be.  The opposite characteristic of Electrical Avenue was principal sponsors BP addressing the matters of vary anxiousness and recharge time, selling their community of charging stations whereas additionally providing a telephone charging station for guests that was powered by a Hyndai Ioniq 6.

Hyndai Ioniq 6

As eventually yr’s Goodwood Pageant, Polestar had their very own presence away from Electrical Avenue, as did Tesla, Lotus, and the brand new Mini Idea Aceman.  Renault’s idea stand had the all-white Renault 5 Roland Garros prototype that was stuffed with some very nice particulars, and was sat alongside the 4Ever Trophy and this R5 Diamante. 

Renault R 5Diamant

The latter has a particular retro really feel to it and was very harking back to the unique Renault 5 L, while across the nook was Caterham’s stand the place they have been launching the Challenge V. 

Caterham Project V

This was of specific curiosity to me as Drive labored on the Caterham C120 undertaking – a three way partnership with Renault that noticed the French marque develop the award successful Alpine A110.  Simply over a decade on we want them each success with the Caterham Challenge V and bringing one thing new to the market. 

All this implies we will probably have a a lot wider alternative within the not-too-distant future.  Superb new EV’s just like the Porsche Mission X, the Cost ’67, or the Polestar 2 coupe.  Hydrogen choices just like the N Imaginative and prescient 74 or final yr’s hypercar idea from Viritech.  We might nonetheless watch automobiles just like the FW14B and the McLaren MP4/6 race one another at occasions just like the Revival, sequence just like the Porsche Supercup gained’t be consigned to historical past, and possibly we gained’t have to comb our present automobiles beneath the metaphorical rug and exchange them immediately.   If we do need to purchase a brand new automobile there can be new visions like those listed earlier, the marginally extra retro styled R5 Diamant or the brand new MG Cyberster to select from. 

So many choices … we like choices, however we additionally prefer it in purple.

Jamie Granados

Goodwood Pageant of Velocity