NEWS: Goodwood FOS Update
It's Goodwood Festival of Speed weekend this weekend – set for glorious weather too.
If you need to be reminded why this event is so mega, see our last two reports here and here.
There's an unreal amount going on in this ever-expanding superb event, which you can catch up on here.
One that sticks out is the all-New Range Rover Sport taking on the heroic Vickers Supermarine Spitfire in a challenge organised by FortyOneSix.com, in an event taking place prior to the event as an appetiser – as the two British legends of land and sky engage for the first time in a unique off-road race.
See the video here:
Mike Cross, Jaguar Land Rover’s Chief Vehicle Integrity Engineer, was at the wheel of the All-New Range Rover Sport, a 5.0-litre supercharged V8 model with 510 hp on tap. Even though grass is one of the most challenging terrains on which to gain traction, for both acceleration and breaking, Cross still managed to clock a top speed of 130 mph before braking for the mid-race turn.
The turn manoeuvre was helped by the Range Rover Sport’s new Torque Vectoring technology, which contributes to stable and secure cornering by applying appropriate braking to the inside wheels.
Cross explained that Land Rover was pleased to take up the challenge: “The team couldn’t resist the challenge laid down by FortyOneSix.com and to race such a British icon. It’s always difficult to find traction from a standing start on grass, but the Range Rover Sport made a great launch off the line. I was surprised by how bumpy the course was as I accelerated up to 130mph, and of course the other extreme challenge is to brake in time for the turn-around, but the car felt composed throughout the whole run.”
See our Goodwood FOS image gallery here.