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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019

Everything you need to know about cars this week: 7 July '19

Reviews of Honda e and Aston DBS Volante, plus all the news from Goodwood

  • My life in cars: Jamie Chadwick

    "When I was 16, I progressed into British GT with Aston Martin. I was racing a V8 Vantage before I could legally drive on the road. It was a bit of a culture shock when I took my road licence test at 17."

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  • Toyota Supra review: the Chris Harris verdict

    "This is a very good car – I’ll get that out of the way now. It’s fast and responsive and the chassis tuning offers as clever a blend of refinement and playful accuracy as you could hope for. Adding a roof to the Z4 has resulted in a good, stiff platform, and the steering proves that big-foreheaded people now really understand electric racks."

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  • Audi won't compete in Le Mans' new hypercar class

    "The rules at the top end of Le Mans are changing, leading to a new hypercar class that Aston Martin and Toyota are keen to win. High time for a return to glory for Audi? Um, probably not."

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  • Ford Focus ST review: 276bhp hot hatch tested on track

    "There’s been a changing of the guard in the hot hatch deathmatch. Time was that Peugeot was unassailable for making super-duper shopping cars. For most of the last decade, it was Renault top of the three. Right now, no-one makes hot hatches of both sizes better than Ford."

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  • The Bentley Conti GT has broken a Pikes Peak record

    "The mechanically-standard Conti, in full-fat W12 form, took 8.4 seconds off the previous record and set an average speed of 70mph across the 12.4-mile course, despite the week leading up to the run being plagued with rain and snow."

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  • Gallery: the five coolest cars of the Taj Ma Garaj sale

    "There are more than 30 vehicles to be sold, all of which would leave you drooling, but we’ve picked our five favourites to share with you here."

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  • Honda e Prototype review: first test of Honda’s little electric car

    "The e Prototype is perhaps the most idiot-proof car in existence – it just keeps being balanced and neutral, regardless of acceleration, braking or steering. We can’t wait to get a production model out on the city streets and see if that translates in the real world."

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  • The new 563bhp Audi S8 is your perfect getaway car

    "Set to cost around £100,000 when it arrives in the UK at the end of 2019, the new S8 is powered by the same 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 as the old car. This is also the same engine you get in the Lamborghini Urus, Porsche Panamera and Bentley Continental GT, as well as the old Audi RS6. Good news."

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  • These wild drones are the future of motorsport. Apparently

    " These aren’t actually drones, but ‘electric vertical take-off and landing vehicles’ – they might need to decide on a snappier name than that. It is genuinely happening though. The inaugural Airspeeder World Championship has been scheduled for 2020, and will feature five teams and ten pilots racing at different motorsport venues across the globe."

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  • The new BMW X6 is here to steal your lunch money

    "BMW calls it 'crisply expressive' and 'confident, commanding and muscular'. We suspect you will call it many other things because, well, look at it. This is the new, third-generation BMW X6, and we sense it is not in the mood for your whining."

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  • Review: Audi SQ8

    "A beguiling daily, but not as much outright fun as we’d hoped"

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  • Review: Morgan Plus Six

    "A wild and wonderful sports car that's more liveable than any of its forebears"

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  • Review: Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Volante

    "A quintessentially modern take on a classic Aston recipe. A bit mad, but raffishly charming."

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  • Lee Iacocca, the man behind Mustangs and minivans, has died

    "The car industry is chockful of icons, but most of them emerge from the world of motorsport. But every now and then they’re an industry figure in a suit. One of the biggest was Lee Iacocca, who’s passed away aged 94."

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  • Bentley Bentayga Hybrid review: first plug-in Bentley driven

    "By 2023 there will be an electrified version of every Bentley model. In 2025 we’re promised the first fully electric Bentley. This Hybrid will also, I suspect, bring more people into the brand. The wealthy aren’t all petrol-quaffing fuel louts after all."

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  • Lotus’s electric hypercar will be called the Evija

    "Apparently, the name means ‘the first in existence’ which is apt for Lotus’s first foray into both the EV and hypercar markets. Plus, it begins with the letter E to keep the Lotus purists happy."

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  • AC Schnitzer ACS8 review: 620bhp 8 Series driven

    "The 8 Series as a whole hasn’t really bewitched us yet, feeling torn between the world of soft GTs and firm sports cars without feeling at home in either camp. Cranking up its speed and visual aggression at least pulls it away from its position of limbo a little, even if its comfy core has remained largely intact."

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  • You can’t have the new, lighter, faster BAC Mono R

    "Only 30 examples of the BAC Mono R will ever be built, and despite the fact you’ve only known about the BAC Mono R for the last seven seconds, you can’t have one. All 30 are sold out. Unlucky."

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  • Say hello to the Radical Rapture

    "The Rapture is, predictably, quite light. 765kg, all-in. So it’s fast – 0-60mph takes 3 seconds flat, and 0-100mph 8.4 seconds. The top speed is 165mph."

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  • This is the track-only, £1m Ford GT Mk II

    "The road car’s adjustable ride height and drive modes have been junked in favour of five-way adjustable shocks, while the 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 engine has been turned up to 700bhp – making this the most powerful Ford GT yet produced. The gearbox is the same seven-speed dual-clutch as the road car, recalibrated now that it doesn’t have to worry about parking or crawling along in traffic."

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  • The new 415bhp Mercedes-AMG A45 S is here with Drift Mode

    "The age of the 400bhp+ hot hatch is well and truly upon us. Welcome to the new Mercedes-AMG A45 S. All 415bhp of it. And if you’d prefer a sleeker look, the CLA 45 AMG has returned too. Pick your poison. Either is very, very fast."

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  • The Lexus LC Convertible will go into production

    "For now information is scant, but we’d guess the LC Convertible will be available with the same powertrains as the regular LC. That means either a 3.5-litre V6 hybrid, or a nat-asp V8. The former is clever enough, but the V8 (also seen in the RC and GS F) is the engine this car needs and indeed deserves."

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  • The next Jaguar XJ will be all-electric

    "JLR has announced it’s to build 'a range of new electrified vehicles' at its factory in Castle Bromwich, England. The first of them will be a luxury EV – the next XJ. Yep, the era of the supercharged V8 XJR is well and truly over – Jag’s flagship is going all-electric."

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  • De Tomaso is back: meet the P72 supercar

    "Italian sports car maker De Tomaso is sixty years old in 2019. But you might not know that, since De Tomaso has gone bust more times than a whiskey-soaked blackjack newbie. De Tomaso is indeed back, however, and what a way to say happy 60th birthday. This collection of carbonfibre curves is the rather incredible-looking P72."

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  • Review: Ford Focus ST

    "A fantastic everyday proposition, a hot hatch that's easy to live with. Mostly for good"

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  • Renault Megane RS review: wildly extreme Trophy R driven

    "Delve beneath the skin and you can quickly immerse yourself in a world of geekery, but, taken as a whole, this is a hardcore Megane of the most familiar recipe: strip out all the superfluous parts, lob on some extraordinarily tenacious tyres, watch the lap times fall and fun levels soar."

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