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  • Writer's pictureMark Webb

Goodwood gold: five unmissable Festival of Speed stars


Goodwood loves an anniversary and BMW’s go-faster M division is responsible for some of the most iconic cars of the last 50 years, so it figures that neither party was going to let this year’s Festival slide without a very special M turnout.

The wild new M4 CSL will make its dynamic debut at this year’s event. Looking every inch the road-going racer, from its evil yellow-tint headlights to its shimmering carbonfibre aero, the 542bhp CSL won’t be holding back as it rips up the Duke of Richmond’s driveway.

Other standout M celebration cars to look out for include BMW’s last overall Le Mans winner, the V12 LMR, a 3.0 CSL Batmobile (the car that inspired the new M4 CSL) and Touring Car legend Steve Soper at the wheel of an F1 GTR Longtail, the McLaren supercar that uses a spine-tingling BMW V12.

2. Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance

While the likes of Lamborghini and Ferrari continue to kick the electric car can down the track, Porsche has dived in headfirst. On the road the sensational Taycan is a sales smash, and electric versions of the Cayman and Macan aren’t far away.

Porsche is also exploring the idea of EV race cars, with expertise gleaned from Formula E and its hybrid Le Mans prototype, the now retired 919 Hybrid.

With four-wheel drive and huge power (Porsche claims 986bhp in qualifying trim; 603bhp in race mode), don’t be surprised if the 718 Cayman GT4 ePerformance is one of the fastest cars up the hill all weekend…

3. Lucid Air

You may not have heard of Lucid, a Californian electric car start-up lead by one of the key men behind the game-changing Model S Tesla – but you likely will after Goodwood.

The Air, Lucid’s first car, looks like a space-age limo – and it is. But it’s rammed with clever engineering, including suspension that wouldn’t look out of place on a racing car and some of the most compact and powerful electric motor drive units in production anywhere in the world.

The Air is also outlandishly fast, with the GT Performance version claiming 1035bhp and 0-62mph in just 2.6sec… Ex-Stig Ben Collins will be at the wheel.

4. Williams FW14B

Goodwood wouldn’t be Goodwood without a couple of F1 cars going full chat and giving the entire place goosebumps. This year the crowds will go giddy for the dream-team combination of Williams’ all-conquering FW14B, one of the most advanced and successful Formula 1 cars ever raced, and moustache-toting legend Nigel Mansell.

Other key F1 cars at Goodwood include Jordan’s gorgeous 191 and the Renault RS10, the first turbocharged F1 car to win a race.

5. Ferrari Daytona SP3

Ferrari celebrates its 75th anniversary this year and Maranello’s painting the 2022 Festival entry list scarlet.

Among the solid-gold classics and the bright red Formula 1 cars, keep an eye out for one of the most beautiful Ferraris ever built, the new SP3 Daytona. The third in the marque’s Icona series of limited-run masterpieces, the Daytona is based on the LaFerrari hybrid hypercar platform but ditches the battery and electric motor to create a thoroughbred mid-engined V12. With curves that echo Ferrari’s gorgeous sports prototypes of the 1960s, the SP3 will be a feast for the eyes, the ears and the soul.


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