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23 Jun 2023

Porsche announce line up for Festival of Speed

Porsche to bring an eclectic selection to celebrate their 75th anniversary

Details of some of the incredible line-up of Porsche road and race cars that will be at Goodwood Festival of Speed in July have been revealed. This year’s Festival of Speed (13-16 July) is the 30th anniversary event and coincides with the Stuttgart sports car manufacturer celebrating the 75th anniversary of the registration of its very first sports car – the 356.

It is fitting, then, that one of the models that will be making its way up Goodwood’s famous 1.16-mile hillclimb is the very first Porsche sports car, the 1948 356 No 1. This, the first car bearing the Porsche name, was constructed in the Austrian town of Gmünd and is considered to be the birth of the Porsche marque.

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The company began with a spark of genius. Ferdinand ‘Ferry’ Porsche looked around and could not find quite the car he dreamed of. So decided to build it himself. In creating the 356, the car’s aluminium body and steel tube frame were designed by Porsche, while the mechanicals were borrowed from Volkswagen and modified. A performance-enhanced four-cylinder flat engine from VW was located in front of the rear axle. The ‘No. 1’ remains a true one-off, as the series-production 356 had a rear-mounted engine and, from 1950, a steel body.

From the other end of the Porsche 75 Years spectrum comes the recently-announced 718 Spyder RS, which will be making its global dynamic debut on the Goodwood hill. Unveiled only last month, the new 718 Spyder RS is the open-top counterpart to the 718 Cayman GT4 RS. For the first time, the 500 PS (368 kW ) naturally aspirated six-cylinder boxer from the 911 GT3 features in an open-topped mid-engined sports car.

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Other modern road-going cars to feature on the hill, each inspired by the ethos of Ferry’s original dream, will include the latest 911 GT3 RS, the 911 Dakar, and the latest version of the mid-engined 718 GT4 RS fitted with circuit-optimised Manthey Kit.

The achievements by Porsche on the race circuit are as renowned as the company’s street cars, and the marque holds the record for 20 outright Le Mans wins. The 100th anniversary of the Le Mans 24-hour race will be represented by an incredible selection of cars, including three class winners and three outright winners of the endurance classic. These are the 718 W-RS Spyder (winner of the 1961 2.0-litre class); the 935 Martini (winner of Group 5 in 1976); the 911 RSR ‘Sau’ (winner of the GTE-Pro class in 2018); and the 936/81 Spyder, 911 GT1 ’98 and the 919 Hybrid from 2017 – all overall winners.

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A special celebratory Porsche parade will congregate around the central sculpture and climb the famous hill multiple times each day during the Festival of Speed– led by the 356 No 1, the parade will include the experimental 928 ‘Trigema’ racing version from 1983, the Cayenne Transsyberia, a 959, a 911 ‘Type 993’ Turbo S and a very special 911 ‘Type 991’ which was the millionth 911 to be produced since the model was introduced in 1963.

Taking charge of this legendary selection of cars – sourced from the collection of the renowned Porsche Museum in Stuttgart - will be a no-less-legendary line-up of drivers, details of whom will be released nearer to the Festival.

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The Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard is the world’s largest automotive garden party, set against the spectacular backdrop of Goodwood House in West Sussex, on the south coast of England.

The action is focused around the challenging hillclimb course running through the centre of the venue. The Festival of Speed is renowned for attracting the rarest and most exciting road and race cars and motorbikes ever created, along with a dazzling array of legendary drivers and riders, and the 30th anniversary event in 2023 will be no different. The theme for this year’s Festival of Speed is ‘Goodwood 75’, with a dedicated hillclimb batch showcasing cars and bikes that have appeared at Goodwood since 1948.

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As well as the exhilarating action on the hillclimb, static exhibits and immersive displays at the Porsche stand are sure to entertain.

At the heart of the Festival of Speed will be the Central Feature sculpture - designed by artist Gerry Judah, who has been responsible for many of the incredible, physics-defying works of automotive art created especially for the event.

Porsche Club Parking

We have just over a dozen spaces remaining for Porsche Club parking at the Festival of Speed on the Saturday and Sunday. To secure a place for your Porsche, follow the links below.

Saturday, 15 July
Sunday, 16 July

 
 

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