Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: June 12, 2012


Bugatti Veyron at Goodwood Festival

The Goodwood Festival of Speed (28 June-1 July) has firmly established itself as the very best place to see the latest and fastest supercars from around the globe.  In association with Michelin, the Supercar Run is unique in providing a dynamic environment in which the public can see and hear the very latest new models in action for the first time.

Unlike a conventional motor show, the Michelin Supercar Run affords a fantastic opportunity not only to exhibit the very latest and best supercars, but also to fully demonstrate on the 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb.  Last year saw more than 25 UK public debuts out of a 50 car field, and this year’s entry is looking even stronger.

For 2012 the Supercar Run and First Glance classes (the latter forming part of FoS-TECH) will gather the very latest and most exciting new high performance models from all around the world.  Cars set to make their world and/or UK dynamic debuts will include the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Vitesse, Infiniti EMERG-e, Bentley Continental GT Speed, Maserati GranTurismo Sport, and many others.  A number of other important UK debuts will also take place in the First Glance class at Goodwood, with brand new models located on the Cricket Pitch, and expected to include the new Toyota GT-86, Savage Rivale, Vauxhall Astra VXR and Infiniti FX Vettel (being driven by its namesake Sebastian on Saturday 30 June), among others.

McLaren MP4-12C GT3

In all, as many as 60 of the latest supercars and first glance cars will be in action on the Hill, which will certainly be a feast for the senses of the expected 180,000+ visitors to the Festival of Speed and Moving Motor Show.  Amongst the more uncommon supercars making their British dynamic debut will be the GTA Spano from Spain, the de Macross Epique GT1 from South Korea, the Zagato-bodied AC 378 GT, and the new Morgan Plus 8.  Expect a few other surprises too, with some important new models making their world debut, on which our lips are sealed for the moment.

Away from the Supercar Run, over a dozen other new vehicles are expected to be making their UK public debut in FoS-TECH and on the Hill as part of the Goodwood Moving Motor Show, in association with Auto Trader, more details of which will be confirmed in the following days.