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Highlights from the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013Back

Festival of SpeedThe Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013 came to a spectacular end after a fantastic sun-filled weekend full of fast cars, plenty of celebrities and lots of keen spectators.

One of the highlights of the weekend occurred on Saturday when Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton made an appearance at the festival driving a Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows old and new on the Hill burning rubber and shattering the silence to the delight of the estimated 50,000 spectators visiting the 20th Festival of Speed.

Behind the wheel of the Mercedes-Benz AMG Petronas W 02 chassis, Lewis enjoyed showing the car off to the awaiting crowd performing multiple burnouts and donuts in the car whose V8 engine was designed and built by Mercedes-Benz High Performance Powertrains in Brixworth.

Lewis Hamilton said: ‘To be back at Goodwood in front of the fans is great. I maybe got a bit carried away with the burnouts but it’s pretty difficult not to when the crowd is cheering.’

Another Mercedes featured at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2013 was the SLS AMG Black Series Coupe which took part in the Supercar Run on the 1.16-mile Goodwood Hill, and with it featured the A 45 AMG driven by Mercedes-Benz World driving specialist and former GT racer Tiff Chittenden.

The Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG is the newest model from AMG, offering a mix of compact proportions and huge performance from its 2.0-litre, 360 hp engine, and it proved to be adept at taking on the twisty, narrow and challenging Hill course at the festival.

Further highlights from this year’s festival included Formula One driver Jenson Button taking to the wheel of the McClaren P1 supercar which produces 903bhp from its petrol/electric hybrid engine.

The Aston Martin CC100 concept was also on show at the festival, a model which has been specifically designed by the Aston Martin to celebrate the company’s centenary this year.

Bentley’s Contenental GT3 race car also made its dynamic debut at the Festival alongside Volkswagen’s Polo R WRC which has enjoyed an excellent season in the World Rally Championships this year.

Finally, this year’s Le Mans winning Audi R18 E-Tron Quattro entered the festival of speed driven by Allan McNish.



Posted by Leana Kell on 15/07/2013