Five of the best road cars at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed


11 Jul 2019

Credit: Dominik Wilde

The Goodwood Festival of Speed presents a unique opportunity to see some of the world’s most exclusive cars all in one place – machines you’ll probably never see anywhere else, new cars that have never been seen in public before, and much more.

There were several cars that could be singled out at this year’s Festival, notably the new Porsche Taycan, the latest offering from Singer, the new Mercedes-AMG A45, the upcoming Land Rover Defender, and Aston Martin’s DBX to name a few, not to mention the four classic stunners at the top of this page.

Here are my top-five picks from what was on show at this year’s Festival of Speed.


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Pagani Zonda

Nothing new here, and forgive the vague heading, because this entry isn’t focusing on any particular Zonda. That’s because I spotted no fewer than 13 Zondas (and a smattering of Huayras) on the fields of the Goodwood Estate.

Pick of the bunch has to be the pictured Zonda Cinque Roadster (above, third from left), one of just five produced; and the track-only Revolución (second from left), again one of five.

The Cinque arrived 10 years ago following a request from a Hong Kong dealer and it was supposed to be the final iteration of the Zonda. What it did however was open the floodgates to countless other special edition versions of the car over the next decade.

The Cinque’s revised body was the first to feature Pagani’s special blend of ‘Carbotanium’, while its Mercedes-AMG V12 had its power upped to 669 bhp.

Also on show was a Cinque coupe, one of three Zonda Tricolores, and the frightfully expensive Zonda HP Barchetta.


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McLaren GT/Speedtail

Another cheat entry into the list, because McLaren showed two new cars to the public for the very first time at Goodwood – the new GT, which despite being a mid-engined car has room for golf clubs; and the Speedtail, which is seen as a spiritual successor to the legendary F1. Funnily enough, one of those was in attendance as well.

We know the McLaren GT has the same 4.0-litre V8 that every other road-going McLaren has, and although the company hasn’t confirmed it, the Speedtail is expected to have the same. However, the Speedtail’s engine – whatever it is – will be mated to a hybrid system which will give it a power figure of 1,036 bhp, which is 424 bhp more than the GT.

The Speedtail also has the iconic three-seat layout borrowed from the F1, so while that GT is being lauded as the practical McLaren, the Speedtail is the car for McLaren owners with more than one friend.


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BAC Mono R

Finally BAC has introduced a second model line, the Mono R, which is the firm’s famous road legal single-seater, but with every element of it turned up to 11.

It features an enhanced Mountune-developed 2.5-litre four-pot that delivers 340 bhp – that’s 35 bhp more than the original car. The engine is fed air by a big Formula 3-like scoop protruding from the car’s rollover structure, and that’s very much the car’s signature feature, setting it apart from the existing Mono.

The air intake isn’t the only visual change though, the entire body has been subtly reworked. What’s more, the bodywork is made from graphene-enhanced carbon fibre body which cuts weight by 25 kg to 555 kg.

If you want one, tough. BAC is only building 30 and each has been sold.


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De Tomaso P72

De Tomaso is back, sort of. After years in the wilderness, the legendary Italian nameplate has returned. The name was bought by Hong Kong’s IdealVentures – the same firm that rescued Gumpert – five years ago, and it immediately set to work reviving the brand with a new car. That car, the P72, was finally unveiled to the world at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The P72, formerly known as ‘Project P’, is based on the same architecture as the Apollo Intesa Emozione, another Goodwood highlight. That means a Le Mans Prototype-esque carbon fibre monocoque and a screaming Ferrari-derived V12 engine.

The exterior design is inspired the the De Tomaso P70 racer (also known as the Sport 5000) from the 1960s. It’s a pretty thing, but since its unveiling it’s come under fire from film producer James Glickenhaus, who claims the car is too similar to his own retro-inspired Ferrari P4/5 by Pininfarina. There’s no denying the resemblance, but there’s also no denying that the mid-engined racing cars that inspired both also look somewhat familiar.


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Ferrari Monza SP2

Ferrari may be a company that always looks forward, but it certainly doesn’t forget its past either. The Monza SP does exactly that, being a part of Ferrari’s ‘Icona’ series, a collection of cars commemorating its best models from the past, built in limited numbers.

The Monza SP is a ‘speedster’ based on the 812 Superfast. Two variants are available – the single seater SP1, and the two seater SP2 which was on show at Goodwood.

Only Ferrari’s most ‘dedicated clients’ are allowed to buy Monza SPs and the price is one of those ‘if you have to ask…’ things. The Monza SP2’s appearance at Goodwood therefore will probably end up being something of a rare occasion, naturally.