The Malta Independent 19 August 2019, Monday

Michelin to showcase automotive marvels at Goodwood Festival of Speed

Tuesday, 9 July 2019, 15:32 Last update: about 2 months ago

Wonderful array of super, hyper and race cars to grace the Michelin Supercar Paddock at the Festival of Speed

The 2019 Michelin Supercar Paddock is gearing up to be one of the most spectacular yet, with more new, super and hypercar content in an all-new location at Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The global launch of De Tomaso's latest supercar dubbed 'Project P' is set to take place at the Festival of Speed and the car will take pride of place within the Michelin Supercar Paddock and on the live stage across all four days.

The dedicated Michelin Garage within the Supercar Paddock will house the Prato Orage, which is making its dynamic debut up the hill across the Festival of Speed. A 900bhp, limited-production supercar which produces over 1,000 Nm of torque and hits 62mph in under 3 seconds and boasting one of the most powerful naturally-aspirated V8 engines ever installed on a production car.

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Making its global debut in the Michelin Supercar Paddock is the all-electric Mustang by Charge Cars. The vehicle is built using Ford Mustang body shells to preserve the iconic design in an emissions-free future. Going from 0-60mph in less than four seconds and having an immense 7500Nm of torque, Michelin's Pilot Sport Cup 2 tyres is pivotal in transferring power to the tarmac.

The 2018 Michelin Supercar Showstopper of the Festival - the Apollo Intensa Emozione - will be returning to the Paddock. This brutal, track-only hypercar will wow fans with its 6.3-litre V12 engine which delivers close to 800bhp and requires a set of custom-made Michelin tyres at the rear to stay grounded.

Elsewhere, the Michelin Main Stand will play host to some of the most desirable and hotly-anticipated cars in the world, including the latest hypercar from Swedish powerhouse Koenigsegg. Jesko, named after owner Christian von Koenigsegg's father, is a 1,600bhp hypercar set to rival the very best in the business. Introduced to the world at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, the hypercar will be making its first public appearance at the Festival of Speed. Joining the Jesko is the Akula, a full carbon-construction supercar from British race experts Ginetta - which is poised to make its public debut at the show. Finally, the all-electric, 1,800bhp Dendrobium D-1 hypercar will be on display on one of the Michelin Main Stand turntables throughout all four days.

The Michelin Supercar Paddock will have an all-new home this year. Situated adjacent to the iconic startline, fans will be able to get up close and personal to even more super, hyper and race cars.

Everything from thousand-horsepower hypercars to V12-powered track-only racers, the Paddock brings the latest and greatest super and hypercars from iconic marques to revolutionary start-ups. Fans coming to the show will also be able to vote for their favourite supercar within the Michelin Supercar Paddock. Each day a car will be selected as a winner and be entered in to a final draw on Sunday in the hope of becoming the Showstopper of the Festival.

Tim Harvey, Michelin Supercar Paddock host and multiple BTCC champion, said: "I simply cannot wait for this year's Festival of Speed and the Michelin Supercar Paddock is gearing up to be a clear fan-favourite already. Such an awesome array of supercars from every corner of the globe, including the likes of Porsche, Ferrari, Prato, W Motors and Zenvo will all make this one of the most eclectic shows ever."

Michelin Supercar Paddock presenter, Vicki Butler-Henderson, said: "It's so exciting knowing that in two weeks' time I'll be sharing the stage with such an amazing mix of supercars. Being surrounded by some of the most advanced and powerful road-going and track-ready machines is an incredible experience. And talking to the people behind them is always a treat, too."

 


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