Goodwood Festival of Speed, Revival and Members’ Meeting confirmed for 2021

Every year Goodwood is home to some of the world’s greatest automotive events, ones that due to the global pandemic had to be cancelled in 2020. Thankfully though, Goodwood has confirmed new dates for all three of its biggest gatherings, with the 78th Members’ Meeting, Festival of Speed and Revival all coming back for 2021.

Goodwood Festival of Speed will now take place on July 8-11, and will be based around the same theme originally planned for 2020: ‘Motorsport’s Great All-Rounders’. The usual collection of everything from camouflaged development cars and, modern racers and plenty of fresh new metal will be present, with manufacturers, teams and drivers set to celebrate their greatest motorsport achievements. 

> Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019: show report

2019’s event saw the all-electric Volkswagen ID R, piloted by Romain Dumas, set a record hill climb run, tackling the course in just 39.90sec, a record more

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£1.75m Aston Martin V12 Vantage Zagato Heritage Twins by R-Reforged revealed in the flesh

Though production of the last-generation Vantage came to an end in 2018, Aston Martin teamed up with R-Reforged for a revival of the V12 Vantage Zagato to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the design house. First announced in 2019, the first prototype pair have now rolled off R-Reforged’s production line in Warwick.

Commissioned by AF Racing AG, a partner in the Valkyrie hypercar project, its R-Reforged brand will produce 38 new models in addition to the 150 units originally delivered from 2011, consisting of 19 Speedsters and 19 coupes. Zagato is part of the project, with it running under the exclusive licence of Aston Martin.

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The prototype pair pictured have been built exclusively for the private Zagato collection, but will be used for finalising the chassis setup of each model at the IDIADA test facility in Spain early

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1873bhp Pininfarina Battista goes high-speed testing at Nardo

First shown in the metal at 2019’s Geneva motor show, the Automobili Pininfarina Battista hypercar has undergone its first high speed tests at Italy’s famous Nardò Technical Centre. Though initially scheduled for delivery to customers this year, the first examples are now set to hit the road in 2021 – just 150 units will be produced in total, with pricing starting at around £2m. 

As it enters the final stages of development, the all-electric hypercar has been put through its paces on Nardò’s 7.8-mile banked oval, while also undergoing testing on the 3.85-mile handing circuit. Despite the camouflage, the marque says the prototype was fitted with a fully-functioning interior, keeping it as close to a production model as possible. 

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Behind the Battista’s development are some big names, with former Formula 1 driver Nick Heidfeld putting the model through its paces

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FIA approves sustainable fuel for Formula 1 – F1 to be carbon neutral by 2021

The FIA has approved the use of sustainable biofuels in Formula 1 from 2021, providing teams with a pathway for a widespread adoption as the sport heads towards its goal of becoming carbon neutral in 2021, and carbon net zero by 2030. 

As part of the FIAs research in sustainability, the motorsport governing body’s in-house research team have developed a carbon-neutral biofuel that meets the F1 engine specifications. The first barrels have already been sent to engine suppliers for initial development and testing with a view to using them in the sport’s 2022 power units. 

Teams will be able to use the fuel from 2021 to aid development too, although there will be a period of adjustment as fuel suppliers ramp up production to meet demand before its wide-spread use. 

The sustainable biofuel itself is manufactured in part by using waste products to counteract carbon emissions created through its manufacturing

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Aston Martin DBS Superleggera Concorde enters production

Aston Martin has marked the fifty years since the iconic Concorde with a limited edition DBS Superleggera Concorde. After initially being revealed earlier this year, the special edition is now in production, reaching customers early next year. 

The DBS Superleggera Concorde special edition is the latest in Aston Martin’s “Wings” series, following on from the Vanquish S Red Arrows Edition, Vantage Blades Edition, and the V12 Vantage S Spitfire 80.

Like those cars, the latest special celebrates an incredible part of aviation history. Often celebrated as one of the greatest achievements in aviation, and frequently cited as a design icon, Concorde enabled transatlantic passenger travel on a level that had never been achieved before, and has never been replicated since. A flight between London and New York took only 3.5 hours, compared to around eight in a conventional airliner.

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