There is no event in the world quite like the Goodwood Festival of Speed. McLaren has become a regular presence since the first show in 1993, providing dynamic runs of vintage and contemporary machinery.   This year saw McLaren Automotive appear as an official partner of the festival for the second consecutive year.  

With a new location adjacent to the Goodwood House, the McLaren Automotive stand featured examples of the McLaren P1™ and 650S, while Chief Test Driver Chris Goodwin and GT factory driver Rob Bell unveiled the new 650S GT3 race car.  Formula 1™ champions Emerson Fittipaldi and Jenson Button greeted the crowds on the stand and took part in interviews hosted by BBC Formula 1™ presenter Lee McKenzie.


However, it wasn’t just the stand where festival-goers could enjoy the best of McLaren. In the Cartier Style et Luxe concours d’elegance, the rare McLaren M12 GT road car was on show, amid some of the world’s most elusive cars.


Crowds lined the 1.16-mile hillclimb, to watch the McLaren P1™ and 650S tackle the narrow and twisty track - the new MSO 650S, a model produced by McLaren Special Operations , making its global debut.  Also on the hill, Emerson Fittipaldi was reunited with his McLaren M23, in which he won McLaren’s first Formula 1 World Championship in 1974.


Elsewhere, a McLaren F1 GTR, in yellow Harrods livery, was running in the Modern GT Racers class.  This was the exact car that finished third at the 1995 Le Mans 24 Hours – the year another F1 took victory, beating even the top-class prototype cars.

Nearby was a longtail F1 GTR – an evolution of the original F1 GTR, its stretched bodywork providing greater aerodynamic downforce.  This particular longtail was McLaren’s 1997 development car and was piloted up the hill in just 47.52 seconds by 1999 Indy 500-winner Kenny Bräck.  See the run below courtesy of Goodwood Road & Racing


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