Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018


The world's most exclusive motorsport garden party is taking place for the 25th time this year.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018.The world's most exclusive motorsport garden party is taking place for the 25th time this year.

In 2018 the Goodwood Festival of Speed, one of the world's most legendary motorsport festivals, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. With the name „Goodwood" invoking thoughts of high-revving racing engines, sinfully expensive vintage cars and the smell of petrol fumes in the air, you’ll immediately understand why tens of thousands of petrolheads gather year after year in the impressive garden grounds of Goodwood House, in West Sussex in the south of England. The event is a tribute to racing and unites the racing history of all eras like no other. This is due to the enthusiasm for motorsport of organizer Charles Henry Gordon Lennox, Earl of March and Kinrara. His grandfather called for a private hill climb race on the site as early as 1936. The legendary Goodwood Hillclimb is still the highlight of the festival, which held its first event in 1993. As official sponsor, BMW is excited to celebrate this year's motto „Festival of Speed – The Silver Jubilee" from 12 to 15 July.

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  • 01 1993: the year that the annual event first started
  • 02 1.87 kilometres: the length of the hill climb course
  • 03 41.6: the number of seconds it took Nick Heidfeld to complete the hill climb
  • 04 2: the number of courses at the festival – the second is for rally cars
  • 05 200,000: the number of people that visit the event every year
BMW M1 Rennversion
Brabham BT53
BMW 328
BMW Roadster LMP-2


Imagine this idyllic scene: in the green and pleasant English countryside the birds are chirping in the trees, the wind blows gently over the meadows – only for a more unnatural noise to take over. The roaring of an engine can only be heard quietly at first, but swiftly gets louder and louder. The tyres work the asphalt; a rumble sounds from the exhaust as the driver shifts down. And then there it is: the racing version of a BMW M1 appears around the bend, only to disappear behind a hilltop just seconds later, its signature six-cylinder sound echoing in its wake. A real goosebumps moment for any motorsport enthusiast. This is exactly the sort of experience that visitors to the Goodwood Festival of Speed can expect again in 2018.


„Driving fast in style" is the festival’s unofficial motto. And that’s exactly what a wide range of high performance vehicles do when they are unleashed on its course. From rally cars to racing bikes to Formula 1 cars, machines from all eras of automotive history are represented. So spectators might see a motorcycle from the pre-war period clattering across the track first, before admiring a thunderous F1 car from te modern era shortly after. Racing without pressure, but still with lots of action – that's exactly what festival attendees are guaranteed.

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Goodwood Festival of Speed

True to the festival’s motto, BMW will be represented with an impressive range of models, as the legendary BMW 328 from the 1930s and the racing version of the BMW M1 make their return at Goodwood. They are joined by the powerful Formula 1 Brabham BMW, the series-winning BMW M3 DTM from the late 1980s and the BMW V12 LMR from 1999.


Goodwood Festival of Speed

Of course the cars are the stars, but the special ambience of Goodwood House, with its old gardens and green areas, is a big attraction of the event. Away from the race track, typical English picnic culture is cultivated and because the spectators have access to the paddock, they can mingle with the drivers. Another unique highlight is the sight of those drivers dressed to match the era that their vehicles come from. That's what true devotion looks like.


The festival’s hilly course „Goodwood Hillclimb" measures 1.16 miles, or 1.87 kilometres. An optimist would say it has nine corners; realistically there are just two. They are lined with straw bales, the crash barriers of the early 20th century. The route passes through the grounds of Goodwood House, the home of motorsport enthusiast Charles Henry Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March and founder of the Goodwood Festival of Speed. It is thanks to him that the so-called Goodwood Circuit, on which official races once took place, is today the scene of an extraordinary motorsport spectacle.

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Goodwood Festival of Speed
Goodwood Festival of Speed


At the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 BMW will once again be represented by classic models such as the BMW M1 Procar, BMW V12 LMR, BMW 3.0 CSL and many other highlights. These BMW M models will also be on show:

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For those that want to see the action live: tickets for the Festival of Speed 2018 are available on the official Goodwood website. Weekend tickets are available for the equivalent of around 188 euros, while day tickets will cost the equivalent of around 42 to 79 euros.

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BMW M2 Competition:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.0 - 9.8 (9.2 - 9.0)
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 227 - 224 (209 - 206)
The figures in brackets refer to the vehicle with seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic.

BMW M4 Coupé:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.0 - 9.9 (9.3)
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 227 - 226 (213 - 211)
The figures in brackets refer to the vehicle with seven-speed M double-clutch transmission with Drivelogic.

Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 8.5
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 198 

Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 8.4
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 197 

Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.8 - 10.7
CO2-emissions in g/km (combined): 246 - 243

BMW M760Li xDrive:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 12.8
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 294

BMW M850i xDrive:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.5 – 10.0
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 240 – 228

BMW X3 M40i:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 9.1
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 207 - 206 

BMW X4 M40i:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 9.1 - 9.0
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 206 - 205

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Consumption data is determined in accordance to the ECE driving cycle, depending on the wheel and tyre sizes selected. The models illustrated include optional equipment.

Further information about the official fuel consumption and the official specific CO2 emissions for new passenger automobiles can be found in the 'New Passenger Vehicle Fuel Consumption and CO2 Emission Guidelines', which are available free of charge at all sales outlets, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern, Germany, or under 

The figures are not based on an individual vehicle and do not constitute part of the product offer; they are provided solely for the purposes of comparison between different vehicle types. CO2 emissions caused by the production and provision of fuel or other energy sources are not taken into account in the determination of CO2 emissions pursuant to Directive 1999/94/EC.

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