The Goodwood Festival Of Speed 2022 kicks off in 2 days time. Petrol heads have been waiting all year for this, but what should you expect to see throughout the festival?
This years theme is “The Innovators – Masterminds of Motorsport.” The Duke of Richmond said that the theme “allows us to celebrate some of the greatest achievements in history, while also highlighting the event’s evolving focus on future technology.” The festival of speed is a celebration of everything past, present and future in the automotive world. It is an unforgettable experience that motor enthusiasts from all over the world come to be a part of. If you have never been to Goodwood before, you might be confused as to what all of the hype is about, this article will hopefully educate you on what you can expect to see.
1: The Hillclimb
The hillclimb is the festival of speeds iconic feature. Every year hundreds of cars and incredibly talented drivers compete to set the fastest time. Over the years, this stretch of driveway on the land of the Duke of Richmond’s country estate has become a key part of the motorsport world. With everything from the latest supercars to F1 cars taking on the challenge with very little room for error, the setup makes for some very exciting fast-paced action. There are many reasons to visit the Goodwood Festival, but the hillclimb takes the crown.
The hillclimb record was held by Nick Heidfeld from 1999 until 2019, he finished the circuit in 41.6 seconds. In 2019, 20 years later, the record was finally broken by Romain Dumas in the Volkswagen ID.R with a time of 39.9 seconds. However expectations are high this year for the record to be broken again. Max Chilton will be attempting the hillclimb in the McMurtry Spéirling. With a 0-62mph time of 1.5 seconds, 4,400 pounds of downforce and a total weight of less than 2,200 pounds, you won't want to miss this run.
2: The Central Feature
The Central Feature is iconic to the Goodwood Festival, the feature is the heart of Goodwood and has become more and more eye catching and exciting as the years have gone by.
At last years festival, Lotus were in charge of the feature and took it in a new direction. They took the traditional statue and added virtual reality to the mix, so people could use their mobile phones to interact with it and bring it to life.
This year's theme is honouring BMW and the 50th anniversary of the M performance division. However, those are the only details we have so far. The 2022 Central Feature will be unveiled on the opening day, so if you are lucky enough to be at Goodwood this year, make sure you don't miss it!
3: The Paddocks
The First Glance Paddock always has new and exciting vehicles being displayed to show people what the future of motorsport and the automotive industry will look like. With all of the latest automotive news being kept on the down-low leading up to the Goodwood Festival, this is where you can be the first people in the world to see what the future holds from some of the most well-known car manufacturers.
The Michelin Supercar Paddock has some of the most advanced and exciting road cars in the world, all lined up to be inspected and enjoyed. Typically a fan favourite for the younger demographic, this is where to go to see the rarest supercars that you are extremely unlikely to come across anywhere else.
The Main Paddock is where you can get up close and personal with F1 cars and motorbikes from five different formula 1 teams. You'll also be right next to the Driver's Club too, the place to be to get selfies with the stars and heroes of the motorsport world. Last year, the Festival welcomed top drivers such as Sabre Cook, Daniel Ricciardo and Lando Norris.
Rimblades will be exhibiting at this years Festival, and we can't wait to meet you all! We will be displaying all of the alloy protection ranges so that you can see the differences in person and pick the best solution for your needs. Our new car care valeting products will also be on display, you can learn more about them here.
We will be exhibiting at Stand 23 this year, which is near the start line on the map, come and say hi!