The Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the premier events on the automotive calendar. It draws tens of thousands of people for each of its four days.
Lord March’s sprawling estate in Chichester was shining like a diamond, enhanced by some great weather and enjoyed by a mix of cars and people that are rarely seen all in the one place. Goodwood is like a motor show, a race meeting, a classic car show and a massive social event all rolled into one. The Goodwood people themselves call it “the world’s greatest motoring garden party” – and they’re right.
The centrepiece of the estate is Goodwood House, which is set off every year by a Gerry Judah sculpture honoring a special contributor to motorsport. This year, the sculpture celebrated the five-decades-plus contribution made by Bernie Ecclestone to Formula 1. The 35m high sculpture features cars that represent highlights of Ecclestone’s career. These include the Connaught he drove in two F1 races in the late 1950’s and the Brabham that won the world championship when he was the team’s owner in the 1980’s. The other cars are Lotus, Ferrari and Mercedes, some of the dominant teams during his time as F1 chief executive up until January 2017.
Koenigseggs were involved in two distinct parts of the Goodwood program in 2017. The first of these was inclusion in the Gamechangers exhibition on the Cartier lawn.
Gamechangers was an exhibition of cars that shaped the Hypercar sector in its earliest stages. Cars on display included the McLaren F1, the Ferrari Enzo, the Porsche Carrera GT, the Pagani Zonda and our own Koenigsegg CC8S.
So was the Koenigsegg CC8S a ‘gamechanger’? And how?
The answer to the first question is a resounding YES! The world had never seen a car as powerful as the CC8S, and it had rarely seen one so completely focused on ultimate performance.
The CC8S was Koenigsegg’s first production model, built during 2002 and 2003. If you were to pick just one marker as to why the CC8S was a gamechanger, it would probably be power. The 4.7 litre twin-supercharged engine fitted the CC8S was the most powerful production engine the world had ever seen at the time. We have a certificate from Guiness World Records to prove it. The engine produced 655hp and 750Nm of torque. That’s nearly 40 horsepower more than the previous record holder, the mighty McLaren F1.
Like every Koenigsegg, the CC8S had a complete carbonfibre monocoque. This gave the CC8S unprecedented chassis stiffness and importantly, kept it light in weight. Every body panel was also made from carbon, a build technique almost completely unheard of for a road car in those early days. It’s still very rare, even today. The CC8S weighed in at just 1175kg (dry) making it easy to handle and quick to get off the line.
The CC8S gave owners game-changing choice, too. The car is both a hardtop and a roadster, with its removable roof being stowable ‘on-the-fly’. The roof is easy to detach and can be stowed in a custom-fitted space underneath the front hood of the car at any time. This feature, which is still rare in the hypercar market in 2017, has carried through to every consumer Koenigsegg since, with the exception of the One:1*.
The CC8S on display at Goodwood was chassis #5. It’s one of only two right-hand-drive CC8S models and the only CC8S that is wholly unchanged since its manufacture. With such a blend of innovative features, build construction and brutal power, one can easily see why this pioneer of the hypercar market was, indeed, a gamechanger.
* The One:1 still has a removable roof, but the roof can’t be stored under the hood because of aerodynamic venting in place there.
Agera RS ‘Naraya’ at the Michelin Supercar Paddock
One of the most visible Koenigseggs in the last year, the Agera RS ‘Naraya’, took over the centre stage in the Michelin Supercar Paddock.
If you haven’t seen it before, ‘Naraya’ is a bespoke Agera RS featuring a blue-tinted clear-carbon body, complemented by striping finished in 24-carat gold leaf. It’s a striking scheme and it certainly left visitors to Goodwood amazed with its finish and attention to detail.
For more information on how the gold leaf was applied to ‘Naraya’, please read Beauty In The Details.
Please enjoy the following video, showing the Agera RS ‘Naraya’ being presented at the Michelin Supercar Paddock by Tommy Wareham, from our UK dealer, Supervettura.
The Agera RS ‘Naraya’ also participated in several runs up the hillclimb circuit at Goodwood.
These are not competitive runs. We rely on the cooperation of our customers to appear at events like Goodwood and the hillclimb circuit is narrow, with minimal runoff, and stone walls right next to the track in some places. The car cannot be put at risk. The objective, then, is to let the public see/hear the car going quickly, but not so quickly that the car is in danger of being damaged.
The owner himself drove the car up the hillclimb circuit. His first run saw him hosting Larissa Tan, CEO of Vanda Electrics, a vehicle producer based in Singapore and makers of a new electric vehicle called Dendrobium.
Later, the Agera RS ‘Naraya’ was used as a prize for a competition. Michelin pitted two car-spotting vloggers against one another with a the grand prize being bragging rights – and a chance to drive the Koenigsegg Agera RS. Paul Wallace, from Supercars of London, was the winner and naturally, he recorded his Koenigsegg experience for posterity.
Koenigsegg’s participation at the Goodwood Festival of Speed was, as always, another piece of sterling work by our UK dealers, Supervettura. They do a magnificent job every year and we love having them as part of the Koenigsegg family.
Other Cars at Goodwood
Goodwood is a massive event that seems to get bigger and bigger every year. There’s something there for everyone, from Formula 1 cars to proper vintage cars from the earliest days of motoring. The great part about Goodwood is that these cars don’t just sit on a stand to be photographed. Many of them are driven up the hillclimb circuit for everyone to see.
The following gallery contains some of our favourites from both the show stands, and from the track.
The Porsche 911 re-imagined by Singer – a rolling work of pure craftsmanship.
The E-Type as modernised by Eagle, of the UK.
Ferrari is celebrating its 70th Anniversary in 2017 and they had a fleet of former race cars going up the circuit.
Along with the Gamechangers exhibition, the Cartier lawn also hosted a showing of vehicles derived off the original Fiat 500. Some of them were very unusual.
And finally….. “Trident Tested” – The Maserati Grand Tourer
Congratulations to Lord March for yet another installment of The World’s Greatest Motoring Garden Party.
Here’s to next year and another Goodwood Festival of Speed!