Bentley will unleash some of its fastest and most powerful cars at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed in July. The flying Bentleys include the 616 bhp (625 PS) and 202 mph (325 km/h) Continental GT Speed Convertible (the world’s fastest four seat convertible) and two of Bentley’s 2003 Le Mans-winning Speed 8 race cars.
Instantly recognisable with their iconic British Racing Green livery, cars No. 7 and No. 8 secured a famous first and second at Le Mans, and are set to make a special reunion ten years on at Goodwood. Brian Gush, Bentley’s Director of Motorsport, said:
“Goodwood’s atmosphere is unique and this summer we’re bringing even more speed to the Festival. The 202 mph GT Speed Convertible is set to turn heads in the supercar paddock as will our Speed 8 Le Mans cars marking the tenth anniversary of Bentley’s 2003 victory. It is also the ideal scene-setter for Bentley’s return to top-level motor sport with a GT3 race car later this year.”
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Jaguar has celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the E-type in style on the first day of the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
In glorious sunshine, examples of Jaguars from the past and present took to the notorious Goodwood Hill, with the new XKR-S, XKR and XFR all in action. The XKR-S, driven by Mike Cross, Head of Vehicle Integrity, Jaguar Cars, proved a hit with the estimated 48,000 strong crowds, making a dramatic run up the hill as Mike demonstrated the capabilities of the vehicle with some sideways antics.
Appropriately, a very special E-type took to the Hill in the form of the Group 44 race car – adding drama to the occasion through a mix of its rapid pace and unsilenced exhausts. It was joined by examples of the D-type, XJ13 and XK140 from the Jaguar Heritage Collection.
Towering over the event was the sculpture of the E-type produced by artist Gerry Judah. Measuring 28-metres in height and weighing a substantial 150-tonnes, the sculpture provided a striking centrepiece to Jaguar’s sponsorship of the event.
Elsewhere the dramatic C-X75 concept was on static display on the Jaguar stand alongside examples of every new Jaguar on sale, including the new XF 2.2 which recently drove from the Jaguar production line in Castle Bromwich to Munich, a distance of 816-miles, on a single tank of fuel.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed, now in its 19th year, has proved a sustained success – the 2011 running of the event expected to draw the biggest crowds yet with an estimated 180,000 people attending between Thursday June 30 and Sunday July 3.