Tim Harvey is back to host the Michelin Supercar Paddock at the Goodwood Festival of Speed this year, so he has made a list of his top ten cars making appearances. These are the ones to keep your eye out for…
10 Honda NSX – It’s back, and better than ever. The ground-breaking new NSX supercar, with its innovative three-motor Sport Hybrid Super Handling All-Wheel Drive system, makes its world dynamic debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The NSX combines torque vectoring all-wheel drive with advanced hybrid efficiency through the use of three electric motors – one motor integrated with the V6 driving the rear wheels, and two motors driving the front wheels, which make for a remarkable package – see it for the first time, and only at the Michelin Supercar Paddock at FoS.
9 Bentley Continental GT V8S – Priced at £139,000, some £16,000 more than the regular V8, which places it above the regular 567bhp W12 but below the range-topping, 616bhp W12 Speed on the price scale. 21 more bhp take the twin-turbo V8’s output to 521bhp and cut the 0-60 time to 4.3sec, the same as the regular W12 – a bargain first-class rocket from Crewe!
8 Pagani Huayra – Succeeding the Zonda, this Italian mid-engined supercar is a snip at £849,000! With its twin-turbo AMG Mercedes V12 engine, the Huayra uses all its 720bhp to get to 231mph covering 0-62mph in just 3.2sec. Using Active Aeodynamics, the Huayra is capable of changing the front ground clearance and independently operating four flaps placed at the rear and front to maximise aerodynamic performance at speed.
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7 Noble M600 – 8.9sec is all it takes for this 650bhp 4.4litre V8 supercar to get to 120mph. The Noble M600 is hand-built in Leicestershire and costs £230,000. The M600 has twin Garrett turbochargers with variable boost, allowing you to choose between 450bhp for the road, 550bhp for the track and the full 650bhp for race mode, all by the flick of a switch.
6 Nissan GT-R Nismo – Originally making its debut in March 2009 in the UK, the Nissan GT-R has always been on the supercar radar. Now, under the hood, the 3.8-litre V6 engine benefits from the know-how that Nismo has gained from participating in such events as the world-renowned Nürburgring 24 hour race. Engine power is increased and is now rated at 592bhp and 481lb ft of torque making it the most powerful GT-R yet. 100kg lighter than the standard GT-R means it’ll sprint from 0-62 in an estimated 2.0sec and carry on going to 195mph.
5 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Black Series – The latest Mercedes to wear the Black Series badge, SLS AMG Coupé Black Series accelerates to 62mph in 3.6 seconds. The top speed stands at 196mph thanks to the AMG 6.3-liter V8 engine generating a power output of 622bhp. Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres help put down the power to the rear wheels made possible by Michelin’s bi-compound technology.
4 Ferrari 458 Speciale – Powered by a 597bhp 4.5-litre V8, the £208,000 Speciale is capable of 208mph and sprints from 0-62mph in just 3.0sec. Everything from the racing bucket seats to the rear screen glass has been preened to shave kilograms with 90kg taken off the standard 458’s overall weight, bringing the Speciale down to 1395kg. There have been several other upgrades, including the braking system (lifted almost unchanged from the LaFerrari), the gearbox (20 percent quicker upshifts and an incredible 44 per cent quicker downshifts), the tyres (Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2s) and suspension.
3 McLaren P1 – McLaren’s 3.8-litre twin-turbo V8 produces 727bhp and 531lb ft in the P1 – combined with an in-house developed electric motor producing 176bhp and 192 lb ft, the total power output for this plug-in hybrid supercar is a remarkable 890bhp. 0-62mph takes 2.8sec, 0-124mph 6.8sec and 0-186mph 16.5sec, making it a full 5.5sec faster than the legendary McLaren F1 and serious independent UK challenger to the European powerhouses.
2 Porsche 918 Spyder – Porsche’s Hybrid Supercar, the 918 Spyder, is the German firm’s mid-engined plug-in hybrid-and Nurburgring lap time record holder. A 4.6-litre V8 producing 608 horsepower is coupled with two electric motors delivering 279 horsepower – totalling a staggering 887bhp! The Porsche 918 also runs on new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. See the breath-taking Nurburgring film here.
1 Koenigsegg Agera One:1 – the world’s first Mega-car, One:1 has 1345bhp, and weighs 1345kg – the ‘dream’ power to weight ratio! 0-248mph takes just 20sec thanks to the aluminium 5.0-litre V8 and new Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres. The car has already been fully pre-sold, so take a look while you still can!
With some 40 cars in the Michelin Supercar Paddock to choose from this year, here are a few more that are definitely worthy of your attention:
1 – Jaguar F-Type R
2 – Alfa Romeo 4C
3 – BMW i8
4 – Zenvo ST1
5 – Ginetta G60
See you there! Tim.