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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GM Reportedly Plans to Build Two EVs for Honda by Mid-Decade

Last year, General Motors and Honda announced plans to use the former company’s Ultium electric vehicle tech in forthcoming battery-electric vehicles sold by the latter. Now, a report by Automotive News sheds a little light on the upcoming fruits of this partnership.

According to AN, GM is due to produce two EV models for the Japanese automaker: a mainstream Honda SUV and a luxury-oriented Acura SUV. Production of the Honda-badged model reportedly begins in 2023 at GM’s Ramos Arizpe, Mexico plant, which currently builds vehicles such as the Chevrolet Equinox and Blazer compact and midsize SUVs. About a year later, the Acura EV SUV will start production at GM’s Spring Hill, Tennessee plant that today builds the likes of the Cadillac XT5 and GMC Acadia SUVs, and is set to build the Cadillac Lyriq electric SUV.

Per AN‘s sources, the Honda and Acura EVs will cast shadows

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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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Hyundai May Partner With Apple to Build the “iCar”

The idea of a self-driving, electric Apple Car is tantalizing and news reports suggest Hyundai is the latest automaker to want a piece of the action. The buzz started with a report in the Korea Economic Daily in which a Hyundai Motors executive said the automaker was one of a number of global carmakers in early talks with Apple about a possible partnership. The story said Apple approached Hyundai about producing the electric car and supplying batteries—Korea is a global leader in lithium-ion battery cells.

Apple is a notoriously secretive company, so we were not surprised to read a subsequent statement from Hyundai that specifically does not mention Apple: “We’ve been receiving requests of potential cooperation from diverse companies regarding development of autonomous driving EVs, but no decisions have been made as discussions are in early stage.”

But a source familiar with the negotiations tells Automobile that yes, Hyundai is

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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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