25 years already! Like every year since June 20, 1993, Michelin once again took part in the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK this July. A unique event that brings thousands of fans together over four days to see the great legends of motorsports, cars and bikes, and the rising stars of car racing, Formula 1, Supercars, and more. The objective of everyone there: get up the 1.16 mile-long Goodwood hill as fast as possible in the grounds of Goodwood House owned by Lord March, the event’s creator and host... The official record for the climb was established in 1999 by Nick Heidfeld in the McLaren MP4-13 in 41.6 seconds. For the silver jubilee of the event (25 years), Lord March, who recently became the Duke of Richmond, has chosen his 25 favorite memories of the festival with some really choice moments...
For this exceptional occasion, there were exceptional participants. For the first time on Goodwood’s winding hill, there was a very different car, the well-named Roborace. And MICHELIN has been its tire partner since the very beginning. Roborace? The first autonomous racing car (100% electric).
And there was another exceptional participant... Romain Dumas, the recent winner of the Pikes Peak Hill Climb (Colorado), was behind the wheel of the 100% electric Volkswagen IDR prototype.
Electric record for Romain Dumas, Volkswagen and MICHELIN
After their victory at Pikes Peak, Romain Dumas, Volkswagen and MICHELIN targeted another achievement with the famous Goodwood hill climb. Their ultimate objective was to set the absolute record behind the wheel of Volkswagen’s IDR prototype, victorious in Colorado, for the English hill - a record still held by Nick Heidfeld in the Formula 1 McLaren MP4-13. Only a few seconds needed to be shaved off and definitively wipe out the German driver’s record. In the end, Romain Dumas had to make do with 43:05 seconds compared to Heidfeld’s 41:60. Still a record-breaking time for an electric car.
Legends and rising stars
For this 25th edition, the Goodwood Festival of Speed was once again a hotspot for an incredible mix of legends from the last 100 years as well as rising stars... There was the Ford Mustang GT from 1968, the same car driven by Steve McQueen in the movie “Bullitt”.
Another legend, Alpine with the A442B that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1978. And a first public appearance of a unique machine for a private customer in the Middle East, an extended P1 GT Longtail (LT) by McLaren, prepared by Lanzante Motorsport and fitted with extra aerodynamic downforce and air inlets.
Every year, tradition has it that Goodwood celebrates a car manufacturer by building a huge sculpture on the Goodwood House lawn.
This year, the piece made by plastic artist Gerry Judah paid tribute to Porsche, a historic MICHELIN partner. This year, the German manufacturer celebrated the 70th birthday of its first sports car, the 356. It was the third time, and a record, that the Stuttgart-based firm enjoyed such a privilege. In 1998, the festival celebrated the 50th birthday of the 356 before paying tribute to the half-century of the iconic Porsche 911 in 2013. In the grounds of Goodwood House, Porsche also presented a great many models dedicated to track or road with, in particular, the revelation of the new 911 Speedster concept car.
It’s clear to say that for the past, present and future, everyone with a passion for motorsports was once again at Goodwood this year.
MICHELIN’S KEY PURPOSE AT THE "GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED"
In one place and at one event, for Michelin the Goodwood Festival of Speed is an opportunity to honor the glorious past and present of bike and car motorsports that the Group has been supporting for over 100 years, whilst celebrating the most promising cutting-edge technologies. The technologies transforming the mobility of the future.
At Goodwood, the MICHELIN stand hosted several exclusive Supercars some of which were world exclusives, like the Shul by Vazirani Automotive. The Indian hypercar coming soon to the Gran Turismo Sport car simulator was exhibited alongside several other astonishing models like the Eadon Green Zeclat, an elegant coupé whose lines are a modern take on the 1930s shape... Also the Prato Orage, a Supercar made in France and on display in Goodwood not too far from its compatriot, the Genty Akylone. All these cars were sporting MICHELIN tires: the Pilot Sport 4 S.
Michelin at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is all about our passion for Motorsports and innovations for more sustainable mobility.
GOODWOOD: SO MUCH TO OFFER
Goodwood is a bit like the Mecca of motorsports. The Festival of Speed has been going since 1993, racing up a hill in the grounds of Goodwood House and around the historic Goodwood track, late-June early-July over a weekend with no Formule 1. Grand Prix. Visitors can enjoy a hill race with cars and bikes from a century of motor racing and particularly Formula 1 cars, Supercars and more. Whether it’s classic racing cars, rally cars or futuristic machines, they all climb the hill in front of a supercharged crowd. Over the years, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has become a must for all sports car manufacturers at the start of every summer. For racing or mass production, the event serves as a showcase to present their latest sporting innovations to a knowledgeable and enthusiastic audience.
And since 1998, on the historic track of the same name, where official competitions were hosted between 1948 and 1966 including Formula 1, Goodwood has also been home to the Goodwood Revival, this year from September 7 to 9. A festival open to all racing cars and bikes that took part in competitions on the same track between 1948 and 1966.