Yet another record for the mecca of speed…Narva join Desert MAN Can expedition…Huracan, Centenario, et al, storm through Goodwood…

It’s all over for another year. As the smoke clears and the smell of burning rubber subsides, the organiser of The Festival of Speed, is claiming yet another ‘record’ attendance. 150,000 enthusiasts poured through the gates of Goodwood House to enjoy four days of incredible cars and motorsport stars at one of the finest and fastest festivals on the motor calendar.

Thursday saw supercars taking on the Hillclimb and there was plenty of action at the Rally Stage. Friday was all about fantastic Formula 1 and ‘unmissable’ debuts, plus a heap of other activities. Saturday was the time to spot the superstars and supercars with the Goodwood Action Sports Arena trembling with auto power on steroids.

And it all came to an end on Sunday with the shoot-out final at the Hillclimb, more action at the sports arena, activities field, rally stage and the dynamic Moving Motor Show display. NewAtlas’ Scott Collie was one of the fortunate journos to score a free pass and judging by his report, he certainly made the most of it.

The central Festival of Speed installation is designed around one particular theme and in a break from the car manufacturer tradition, this year’s soaring sculpture focuses on ex-Formula 1 mogul Bernie Ecclestone. Designed by Gerry Judah, it consists of five F1 cars chosen to celebrate his time as a racer, manager, team owner, impresario and legend in the sport.

According to Judah, coming up with a sculpture for Goodwood is always a challenge: “They have to be different, dynamic and dangerous, as motorsport itself. This year is no exception given we are celebrating an individual, a phenomenon and what better way than producing a firecracker.”

Also in break with tradition, the festival played host to the first ever Goodwood drifting competition. A troupe of Formula Drift stars, including three-time world champion Chris Forsberg, went head-to-head in a thoroughly entertaining and incredibly smoky, event.

The competitors were judged on their mid-corner, along with how well they kept their cars sideways up the 1.16 mile (1.86km) Hillclimb. The public also had a say, voting Mad Mike Whiddett and his quad-rotor MX-5 the first ever Goodwood Festival of Speed Drift Champion.
Top amongst the ‘unmissable’ debuts The Porsche 911 has an extensive back catalogue of powerful, lightweight special editions, but the new GT2 RS makes them all look a bit tame. With 700hp (522kW) on offer from its twin-turbocharged flat six engine, the most powerful road-going 911 ever built will hit 60mph (97km/h) in 2.7 seconds on the way to a 211mph (340km/h) top speed.

Along with the more powerful engine, Porsche has put the GT2 on a serious diet. Titanium has been used for the exhaust, magnesium features in the roof construction and a healthy smattering of carbon fiber parts cut curb weight to just 3,241 lb (1,470 kg) in standard trim, although a Weissach Pack can be added to shave another 40 lb (18.1 kg) from that sticker.

Porsche has reworked the stability control system, presumably because 700 hp is, well, a lot of power to channel through rear wheels. Drivers can turn the stability and traction control completely off, too, and find out if the GT2 RS lives up to the “widowmaker” billing bestowed upon its predecessors.

The Festival of Speed is always littered with stunning classic cars, but that doesn’t mean fans don’t get to enjoy the latest in racing technology as well. Mahindra sent its Formula E car up the hill this year, cutting through the usual storm of engine noise with its high-pitched electric whine.

Roborace also had a car on display, but the self-driving racer didn’t make a run up the hill. Maybe that’s something we can expect next year?

This is just a brief taste of the metal on show at Goodwood this year. Take a look through our 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed gallery for some stunning shots of modern supercars, classic F1 cars, hulking four-wheel drives and everything else in between.

Meanwhile, back at the Hillclimb another ’first’ was played out when the new track-only Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro became the first vehicle to tackle the legendary climb using re-refined engine oil.  Not quite that thick black stuff that you last drain out of the old Toyota, but ‘second-hand’ oil nonetheless. And it’s all down to a new active oil management system from Nexcel, an offshoot of Castrol.
The historic run marked a new agreement between AM and Nexcel, under which the two companies are committed to further develop the technology for potential higher volume applications on future Aston Martin models.

Some of the hoped for advantages for the automaker are the chance to practically eliminate the problem of used engine oil as a hazardous waste product from its service network, contribute to the environment and improved customer convenience in a range applications.

The visceral performance of the Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro at Goodwood is not the only demonstration of the ability of re-refined oils to perform in extreme conditions. Last year an Aston Martin GT8, driven by British GT4 Champion Jamie Chadwick and using the oil management system and re-refined oils, secured a podium finish in the fiercely contested VLN Championship at the iconic Nürburgring.

Nexcel’s solution is a self-contained, sealed cell containing oil and filter, which can be installed using a dock. Oil level and engine requirements are governed by a dedicated electronic control unit.

“We have been demonstrating the 90-second oil and filter change made possible by Nexcel’s intelligent oil management system at the Festival of Speed, which also clearly showcases the ease at which oils can be removed, stored and repurposed without contamination,” said Nexcel’s Steve Goodier.

Nexcel founder Steve Goodier and Aston Martin boss Andy Palmer exchange niceties over a Nexcel cell in the Supercar paddock at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Image: Max Earey

Fastest SUV on the planet arrives in Australia

As if these ‘monsters’ are not a highway hazard already, especially when piloted by a vintage challenged codger like myself, but now Merc has introduced the fastest SUV on the planet. Yes, the new Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4Matic+ SUV and 4Matic+ coupé models have an acceleration from 0-100km/h in just 3.8 seconds.

As the only vehicles in their segment to be powered by an eight-cylinder biturbo engine, the vehicles are said to ‘meet the wishes of mid-size performance SUV customers looking for a combination of superior power delivery along with a highly emotive, unmistakable engine sound’. Bit of crap, but it sounds good!

There’s also air spring suspension with adaptive adjustable damping, AMG Performance 4Matic+ all-wheel drive with fully variable torque distribution, a rear-axle limited-slip differential, and a high-performance braking system…something definitely needed.

According to the company’s Tobias Moers, it’s no easy job designing an SUV to be highly sporty and dynamic while at the same time keeping thing on the road.

“This required us to put our heart and soul, along with our many years of SUV expertise, into the development of this vehicle. The result is an SUV that can be driven with high precision and agility and which, if required, is equally at home on a high-speed lap of the race track.”

The Mercedes-AMG GLC 63 S 4Matic+ SUV is priced at $164,900 (MRLP), while the GLC 63 S 4MATIC+ Coupé is priced at $171,900 (MRLP). Both models will begin to arrive in Australia at the end of this year.

Meanwhile, BMW i is looking forward to welcoming the third member of the BMW i family. “In 2018 the BMW i8 Roadster will unlock the door to a whole new dimension in pioneering open-top driving pleasure – virtually silent and with zero local emissions,” said autospeak. Here’s a first look. The video’s all flash and no substance. Let’s hope the real thing is just the opposite.

Narva join Desert MAN Can expedition

Narva continues to put its recently released Ultima 215 LED lights to the test in Australia’s toughest conditions, this time combining a demanding real world evaluation with a very worthy cause.

The Desert MAN Can expedition will see a couple cyclists on mountain bikes crossing the Simpson Desert via the French Line. Along the way, funds will be raised for the Beyond Blue Foundation, a leading charity providing support for Australians with depression, anxiety and related conditions.

The Simpson crossing will be undertaken by Callie Le Roux from MAN Trucks Australia and Stewart Boswerger from SLRV Expedition Vehicles. The duo will set off for the week long ride on Monday, 7 August but in the lead-up will be dropping in to remote area schools to talk to students about the trip and about the work of Beyond Blue.

Supporting the duo is a team of helpers following in a four-wheel drive vehicle along with a fully kitted MAN 4×4 truck featuring an SLRV expedition body. The journey will also be documented by a three-person film crew.

The MAN support truck is equipped with four roof-mounted Ultima 215 LED lamps, courtesy of Narva, ensuring visibility in the outback is at its highest. The lamps are said to offer the latest in LED technology, delivering a pure white light output from 33x5W (165W) XP-G2 Cree LEDs resulting an impressive 1 lux of brightness at 900 metres per pair.

Another performance-aiding feature of the lamp’s design is its highly polished, aluminium reflectors with precisely scalloped parabolas for superior light control and output.

Narva Marketing Manager, Jake Smith, said it was great to be able to continue Narva’s in-field evaluation of this signature lamp while supporting an important charity initiative.

“For a number of weeks we’ve had Ultima 215 LEDs fitted to a number of high profile off-road vehicles that have been working hard across some of Australia’s toughest terrains and so far the feedback from the off-roading fraternity has been overwhelmingly positive. We are delighted to be supporting the ‘Desert MAN Can’ initiative and both Callie and Stewart in their fundraising efforts for the Beyond Blue Foundation,” he said.

Home comfort that passes the smell test

Whether you’re camping out the back of beyond, or sailing over the horizon, there’s now no excuse for smelling like the fish you’ve just caught, or about to throw on the barbeque. Why? Well, for a start, you can now take a hot shower on board, or in the tent or campervan and if the later has access to 240v then it can be a really hot encounter.

Apparently, it’s all thanks to an Australian-designed compact and durable water heater with selectable temperatures between 30-75deg.C on 240v that can automatically switch to 12v. The new Duoetto MK2 12v/240v 10-litre water heater is the brainchild of inventor Jay King that builds on the success of its predecessor that has become OEM on major campers in Australia and a fast selling aftermarket item in Europe and the US.

Drawing a miniscule 4.6amps at 240V (1000w) and 25amps at 12v (300w), the 409 x 262 x 267mm Duoetto MK2 retains the strengths of its predecessor and comes with WaterMark accreditation. Which means that it passed numerous tests for supplying water for human consumption including a smell test, which, I think, is where we came in!

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Huracan, Centenario, et al, storm through Goodwood

Just when we thought we’d had enough of the Goodwood Festival of Speed along came the public debut of the Lamborghini Centenario. Going ‘up the hill’, the $A2.6m coupe, put in 0-100km/h in just 2.8 seconds. The V12 770hp super sports car was unveiled in 2016, celebrating the 100-year anniversary of company founder Ferruccio Lamborghini’s birth and all coupé models, together with 20 roadsters, are sold with first deliveries under way.

Also making its first public appearance in the UK was the V10 Lamborghini Huracán Performante, launched earlier this year and holder of the production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. It ran the ‘green hell’ with a sub-seven minute lap time of 6:52.01 min with Lamborghini test driver Marco Mapelli behind the wheel, who will also pilot the car at Goodwood.

The next generation Lamborghini Aventador S, of which first customer deliveries have just commenced, completed the dynamic trio, all distinctive for their naturally aspirated engine sound as they tackled the Hillclimb.

A unique configuration for the Aventador S has been created by Lamborghini’s Ad Personam department together with Lamborghini Centro Stile. Lamborghini Ad Personam allows owner customization of Lamborghini models to include virtually any external and internal color and trim, and this Ad Personam Aventador S emphasizes the sportiness of the iconic super car.

The one-off model’s exterior is in matt Grigio Acheso and accented with a matt orange livery from front bumper to rear diffuser, highlighting the car’s lines. The full exterior carbon fiber package in gloss finish includes the roof in visible carbon fiber. The Aventador S is finished with Dianthus wheels in gloss black, orange calipers and a matt black exhaust pipe. The interior in Alcantara Nero Ade features seat inserts and stitching on the steering wheel in orange Arancio Leonis, reflecting the exterior color ways. A special plate ‘Opera Unica’ signifies the car’s unique specification.

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