Porsche Wows at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
The dust has barely settled from the weekend’s action in Sussex but it’s worth pausing for a moment and taking a look at Porsche’s strong line-up at last weekend’s Festival of Speed.
Impressively, Porsche’s mighty 911 Turbo S stormed to victory in the supercar shootout. Despite damp conditions, the 991.2’s four wheel drive kept all 580bhp in check, beating the nearest competition by two seconds and breaking the beam at the finish at a shade over 108mph. The fact that former Carrera Cup and current Supercup racer Paul Rees was at the helm probably helped.
Complementing the 911 Turbo S’s win up the 1.16 mile Goodwood hill were several newcomers to the Porsche stable. Making its very first public debut was a prototype of the all-new Panamera Turbo. GT Porsche reported on the latest evolution of the marque’s four-door super saloon two weeks ago. Judging by what we saw at Goodwood, it’s going to be fantastic in its final form.
Also making its dynamic debut was the new 718 Cayman S, finished in a striking shade of Miami Blue. It was joined by the new 911 R, driven by its creator, Andreas Preuninger, and the 918 Spyder supercar.
The motorsport arm of Porsche was heavily represented throughout the weekend. With the victory at the 24 hours of Le Mans still fresh in mind, it was great to see the 919 Hybrid taking to the hill on Sunday in the hands of Marc Lieb and 2015 WEC Champion, Brendon Hartley. Several exciting classic Porsche racing cars supplemented the newly crowned 919. These included the freshly-restored ‘Jever’ GT1 98, the spectacular 935 Baby and, star of the Goodwood artwork this year, the 917/30 and the 1966 906, driven by Richard Attwood.
A dramatic timed shootout on Sunday evenings helped round off events as Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain scholar, Charlie Eastwood, clawed his way into fifth place. Not bad considering he’d never been up the hill before the weekend. Our own Editor also managed to bag himself a chauffeur-driven ride to the Festival of Speed in a 911 GT3 Carrera Cup car, driven by series star Dan McKay.
Overall, Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016 was yet another strong showing for the brand, offering a perfect blend of stars of the past and those of the future!