The best of Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013

15 Jul, 2013 12:52pm Paul Bond

Here's our latest round-up of all the action at the 2013 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is now into its 20th year - and the anniversary edition is bigger than ever, with a huge number of manufacturers, global debuts and 150,000 visitors every day.

To help steer you around the various attractions at the show and ensure you see everything from the rally stage to the famous hill climb, we have created a countdown of the most exciting cars appearing throughout the weekend.

Porsche 918 Spyder - Appearing on the famous Hill, the 918 provided a fascinating insight into the potential of its innovative hybrid drivetrain. With the 918, Porsche has tried to improve both efficiency and performance, without compromising on either side. The mid-mounted 4.6-litre V8 engine promises 0-62mph in just 2.8 seconds, with a top speed of 211mph. 

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta - This car made its first UK appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year. Fans crammed themselves into the Michelin Supercar paddock, to see the world's most powerful road-going Ferrari ever. There was plenty on offer, too, with an Ice White Pearl 458 Spider and an FF flanking the 740bhp Berlinetta.

Jaguar C-X75 - In 2012, Jaguar made the difficult decision not to push the C-X75 through to full production, due to the global economic climate. Now, for all those eager fans that missed out, Jaguar has decided to award the C-X75 hypercar with its first public debut on the famous Hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The prototype is one of only five development and test cars in existence, and will make its appearance at the Michelin Supercar Run on Friday, along with a number of new sporting cars from Jaguar, including the XJR, XFR-S, XKR-S GT, and the Jaguar Project 7.

Jaguar F-type Project 7: Porsche may be the main sponsor of the festival this year but Jaguar might steal the show thanks to this stunning concept inspired by the legendary D-type racer. Based on the standard F-type V8 roadster and driven by Designer Ian Callum and Mike Cross it will be running from the main supercar paddock from Friday until Sunday and probably making one of the loudest noises at the track.

Porsche 911 Sculpture: Celebrating 50 years of the most iconic sports coupe ever built, Porsche has created the artist sculpture that sits in front of Goodwood House. Hard to miss but still well worth a look the sculpture has three arrows pointing at the sky - and each one is tipped with a different 911 model - including the original 1963 car and a bright yellow 1973 2.7 RS. The three cars are real too, albeit drained of fluids, and were taken from the firm's hertage collection in Germany. The new track-focussed Porsche 911 GT3 will also be making its dynamic debut driving the hill route.

Citroen DS3 Cabrio Racing: Citroen are only calling it a concept at this stage, but the new DS3 Cabrio Racing looked pretty finished to us. It uses the same 202bhp 1.6-litre turbocharger engine as the limited edition Racing version of the hatch but the matte paint and red details really make it stand out - also appearing on the stand is the DS3 WRC rally car in full gold racing livery. 

Caterham 620R: Apart from the F1 cars the new performance flagship from Caterham could be one of the fastest cars at Goodwood this year. With a supercharged 2.0-litre engine producing over 300bhp and a claimed 0-62mph time of just 2.8 seconds on extreme cut slick tyres the 620R is the most aggressive and expensive cars the company has ever built and we will be riding in it with either F1 star Charles Pic or Alexander Rossi at the wheel over the course of the weekend.

The Ford Stand: Normally we wouldn't recommend one manufacturer's stand over another but the Ford stand really is an impressive structure. Towering over the middle of the site the giant four-storey stand houses the all-new Ford Mondeo, suspended Ford Focus and Ford Fiesta STs and even uses a 1.0-litre ecoboost Formula Ford racer as a chandilier. There is free ice cream too and the viewing deck on top is a great way of seeing the whole festival sight from above.

The Land Rover Stand: In previous years, Land Rover has had two stands at the Festival of Speed - one to show off its cars, and one with the Land Rover Experience off-road course that offered passenger rides over the weekend. This year, they're all one unit, with the firm's new Range Rover Sports being used on a difficult set of ascents, decents and axle articulations, which traverse the stand. Also on display are the Race2Recovery Dakar cars, plus some custom-built radio controlled Defenders which cost £3,000 each to build.

Skoda Octavia vRS: Another global debut the new Octavia hot hatch was launched at the Moving Motor Show on Thursday morning. Both petrol and diesel versions of the hatch and estate were being driven by members of the public around the hill route. A 3D movie and the new TV ad for the Octavia was also shown - with the muscle-bound characters from the ad all appearing on the stand. Journalists were also given their first opportunity to road test the new vRS and see how it stacks up against its hot hatch rivals.

Peugeot Onyx: Another concept car attracting a lot of attention in the supercar paddock was the incredibly striking Onyx from Peugeot. It uses the same 3.7-litre V8 diesel-hybrid power train as the company's Le Mans race cars and produces close to 700bhp in total. The cabin uses an innovative mixture of newspaper wood, carbon fibre and copper and we will be riding as a passenger in the supercar batch on Friday morning. The Pikes Peak winning 208 T16 driven by Sebastien Loeb will also be running up the circuit and could be aiming to set a course record.

Renault Twin'Run: Hiding in the F1 paddock alongside the Renault 5 Maxi Turbo this concept - which previews the next-generation Twingo - will be running in the first glance category from Friday to Sunday. It uses a twin-turbo V6 engine and the chassis has been setup by Renault rally legend Jean Ragnotti and a set of ultra-thin quad LED fog lights and was first seen at the Monaco Grand Prix earlier this year. The Twizy F1 concept will also be running all weekend.

Volvo S60 Polestar: Volvo might seem like a surprise name to appear on this list but the epic Polestar S60 concept is hard to miss on the track. The bright Rebel Blue paint and incredibly loud exhaust system give some hints to its incredible performance. Using a highly-tuned and turbocharged version of the straight-six engine from the T6 model the concept produces around 580bhp according to the engineers on the stand. Costing around £200,000 the concept is in limited production with Volvo aiming to build and sell around 14 examples worldwide.

Alfa Romeo 4C: Probably the most hotly awaited sports car this year the 4C will be the first car with a carbon fibre chassis to dip below £50,000. Making its dynamic debut at the show the public will be able to catch a glimpse of the striking production version running in the 'first glance' category across the weekend ahead of its international launch in September.

The Martini Paddock: This one's not an excuse to stop off for some light refreshment - the Martini Paddock is a showcase for some of the iconic motorsports vehicles that the drinks brand has sponsored. Highlights include a 2002 ex-Colin McRae Ford Focus WRC car, Emmanule Pirro's latest Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car and no fewer than four Lancia rally cars.

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Went on the friday was an awesome day out, However I remember when tickets were free with the Sunday times, shame that doesn't happen anymore!

Peugeot 208 T16 was fastest!

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