Aston Martin continued it’s tradition of thrilling the crowds at the recently concluded Goodwood Festival of Speed. Visitors were treated to the sights and sounds of the best sports cars that the British luxury brand has to offer.
The Festival of Speed hosted the global dynamic debut of the new Aston Martin DB11. Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the DB11 marks a new chapter in the illustrious ‘DB’ bloodline. It is the most powerful, efficient and dynamically gifted DB model in Aston Martin’s history, teaming exceptional design with the latest technology to create a car that is the most significant new Aston Martin since the introduction of the DB9 in 2003. Aston Martin President and CEO, Dr Andy Palmer was behind the wheel of the DB11 at Goodwood to demonstrate all 608PS of the in-house designed 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine. “Being the first person to drive the new DB11 up the famous hill climb at Goodwood is a great honour on behalf of all our employees.”
Also at the Festival of Speed was the Aston Martin Vulcan, which made its world debut last year at Goodwood. Born out of extensive motorsport experience – and using the brand’s acknowledged flair for design and engineering ingenuity – the 820bhp, all-carbon fibre Aston Martin Vulcan delivers truly extreme performance. Powered by a potent 7.0-litre V12 normally aspirated engine, It’s strictly limited to just 24 models worldwide and now sold out, the Festival of Speed was a great opportunity to showcase the skills of the special projects division responsible for the brand’s most intense and exhilarating creation to date.
Aston Martin Racing works’ driver and high performance development driver Darren Turner said: “Last year the car was only three days old when we arrived at Goodwood and we hadn’t even done a circuit test. Since then we’ve completed 15,000kms of testing and the car is now an incredible machine to drive.
The Festival of Speed was also be a celebration of all things Vantage for Aston Martin. The race-bred Aston Martin Vantage GT8 took part in the Supercar Shootout up the Goodwood hill in the capable hands of Aston Martin Racing Works driver Darren Turner. The car is equally at home on the road and on the track. Inspired and influenced by the 2016 Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE race car, the Vantage GT8 is a true thoroughbred. The lightest and most powerful V8 Vantage ever, the Vantage GT8’s dramatically sculpted carbon fibre bodywork has been shaped by race-bred aerodynamic function. With a super-sharp chassis tuned for track-focused agility, powered by a revised 446PS version of Aston Martin’s rousing 4.7-litre V8, the Vantage GT8 has unmistakable style, a no-nonsense stance and a driving experience that’s second to none.
The Aston Martin V12 Vantage S is the marque’s offering to the purists and also demonstrated its exceptional agility at the Festival of Speed. It’s 7-speed manual transmission features a ‘dog-leg’ first gear, the Vantage S epitomises Aston Martin’s commitment to building exceptional sports cars.
Staged every summer since 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is the world’s largest automotive garden party, set against the spectacular backdrop of Goodwood House in West Sussex.