THE 2015 GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

 

A unique event in the motoring calendar, there is nothing quite like the Goodwood Festival of Speed. This year McLaren road and race cars, both past and present, took to the famous Goodwood Hill, including the new 570S Coupé. We celebrated the theme of this year’s Festival of Speed, ‘Flat-Out and Fearless – Racing on the Edge’, by highlighting milestones or ‘moments’ from our history, and honouring some of the legendary drivers who have driven for the team over the years.

The new McLaren 570S Coupé, the first sports car from McLaren, made its global dynamic debut at the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed over the weekend. The new Sports Series model was joined on the famous Goodwood Hill by members of the Super Series and Ultimate Series, marking the first time that the three newly announced McLaren model tiers had been seen together in action.

The 570S Coupé features class-leading levels of performance, and its Formula 1™ derived carbon fibre MonoCell II chassis is unique in the sports car segment. The 570S Coupé made multiple dynamic appearances on the Hill over the weekend, thrilling both the crowds and its drivers, which included McLaren Formula 1™ racing star Jenson Button. 

 

 

In the Supercar Paddock and taking to the Hill was the McLaren 650S Le Mans, a special Super Series model. Built in strictly limited numbers to honour the victory of the McLaren F1 GTR at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1995, the development example of the coupé-only model, named ‘XP1’, featured Sarthe Grey paintwork, a roof-mounted snorkel, front wing louvres, and a wheel design all of which were inspired by the iconic race winner.

The third McLaren appearing in the Supercar Paddock and on the Hill, and signifying the incredible success at Le Mans 20 years ago, was the McLaren P1™ GTR. This example appeared in an iconic yellow-and-green livery inspired by McLaren F1 GTR chassis #06R, which finished third at the 1995 24 Hours of Le Mans in the hands of Derek Bell, his son Justin, and Andy Wallace.

 

The McLaren 650S Le Mans attacks the famous Hill couse at Goodwood.

Wearing a livery inspired by McLaren F1 GTR chassis #06R, the McLaren P1™ GTR wows the crowd lining the Hill.

Greeting the crowds at McLaren House, adjacent to the famous Goodwood House, were more McLaren models, all prepared by McLaren Special Operations (MSO), the bespoke arm of McLaren Automotive, and all paying tribute to significant McLaren ‘moments’.

The McLaren Ultimate Series was represented by a McLaren P1™ inspired by the patriotic French helmet livery of four-time Formula 1™ world champion Alain Prost. Prepared by MSO, the stunning Prost-themed McLaren P1™ featured white carbon fibre bodywork with blue and red highlights, and signified the audacious move that Prost made on Ayrton Senna at the French Grand Prix on 3 July 1988, giving the Frenchman a famous victory over his team-mate on home soil.

 

Representing the Heritage division of MSO was one of the rarest McLaren road cars ever built, the McLaren F1 GT 'Longtail'. Kindly loaned to McLaren for the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, chassis #58F1GT is one of only three examples ever made. Designed and built to homologate the McLaren F1 GTR ‘Longtail’ for GT racing during the 1997 season, its livery echoed the famous monochrome design of the Formula 1™ team during the late 1990s, when Finnish racing driver Mika Häkkinen drove his McLaren to back-to-back titles in 1998 and 1999.

 

 

The Super Series models at McLaren House honoured one of the most successful racing partnerships of the 1960s, that of Denny Hulme and company founder Bruce McLaren. The Kiwi pairing enjoyed success together in Formula 1™ and the Can-Am series, the latter quickly becoming known as ‘The Bruce and Denny Show’ as a result of their dominance. For Denny Hulme, the Formula 1™ and Can-Am champion, his helmet was the inspiration for the design of the featured 675LT, the lightest, quickest and purest of all the Super Series. The 675LT’s livery, with two black stripes, running front to rear, over contrasting Silica White bodywork, was paired with yellow-tinted headlamp back lenses to echo Hulme’s visor.

The 650S Spider completed the model line-up on static display within McLaren House. As the core model in the McLaren Super Series, it was fitting that it honoured the founder of the team, Bruce McLaren. Finished in the iconic heritage McLaren Orange to match his M7A Formula 1 car, it honoured the first Formula 1™ win for the team, which came at the 1968 Belgium Grand Prix at the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit.

You can read more about the special McLaren ‘moments’ here, but they are just a selection from our past as, with over 50 years of motorsport heritage, and drivers of the calibre of world champions Emerson Fittipaldi, James Hunt, Ayrton Senna and Mika Häkkinen, we have always been racing on the edge.

 

The heroic drive by Denny Hulme at Mosport in 1970 represented by the McLaren 675LT.

Representing Bruce McLaren's bold drive at Spa in 1968, the 650S was also open for guests to sit in for a dontation to the Halow charity.

 

There were a host of other McLaren models present across the three days of the 2015 Goodwood Festival of Speed, including the latest McLaren 650S GT3 race car and McLaren Formula 1™ race cars, all of which took to the Hill in front of thousands of enthusiastic fans. The McLaren F1 GTR chassis #06R was also seen in action, as part of the Derek Bell Celebration class which paid tribute to the five-time Le Mans winner, and in the 20th running of the Cartier ‘Style et Luxe’ concours d’elegance at Goodwood, the McLaren F1 took pride of place in ‘The 200mph Club’, which celebrated landmark supercars of the 1980s and 1990s.

The 2015 Festival of Speed marked the latest collaboration in McLaren’s long-standing relationship with the Goodwood Estate. Goodwood's 73rd Member's Meeting hosted the biggest ever gathering of McLaren F1 GTRs earlier in the year and Revival is set to pay tribute to Bruce McLaren in September. 

 

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