Each summer the Goodwood Estate in the south of England holds a four-day gathering known as the Goodwood Festival of Speed (FOS), one of the most significant car culture gatherings in the world.
The hill-climb commands a significant amount of attention, but there is a lot of other stuff going on, like a full rally stage, a drifting arena, and an array of automaker displays that rival those at many auto shows. While we’ve already covered the Ford GT Mk II debut, a few other Ford vehicles also caught our attention.
Here are some Ford highlights from the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed:
Europe’s First Look: 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500
Three-time world champion drifter Vaughn Gittin Jr. was behind the wheel of the 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 during its European debut at Goodwood’s Festival of Speed.
The video shows Gittin Jr. masterfully maneuvering the 760 horsepower GT500 through the Goodwood Hillclimb course. The Mustang is said to be capable of hitting 60 mph in the mid-3 second range thanks to its hand-built, aluminum, supercharged 5.2-liter engine.
More Mustang Fun With Vaughn Gittin Jr.
The professional fun-haver continued to show off his driving skills behind the wheel of his Spec 5-D Mustang RTR developed to compete in Formula Drift. It is the same record-breaking vehicle he used last year to drift all 13 miles of the legendary Nürburgring Nordschleife, but it’s seen with its updated 2019 Formula Drift livery.
Gittin Jr.’s Mustang gets its power from a 5.0-liter Ford Performance Aluminator XS V8 engine with a Vortech JT Trim Supercharger and features a six-speed sequential Pfitzner Performance gearbox and carbon fiber body panels.
The Master of Hoon: Ken Block
Ken Block participated in the sideways antics with his one-of-a-kind 1977 Ford F-150 “Hoonitruck.” The rally-bred all-wheel drive performance monster has 914 horsepower, 702 lb-ft of torque, which looked pretty easy for Block to drive as he drifted the Goodwood Hillclimb.
Last year the truck made its worldwide debut in the Gymkhana TEN video. One of the unique aspects of the Hoonitruck is that it features the largest 3D metal-printed part for a working vehicle in automotive history. The complex aluminum intake manifold was a collaboration between Ford research engineers in Europe, Ford Performance engineers, and RWTH Aachen’s Digital Additive Production Institute, in Germany.
Block also showed off his new, dramatically styled retro Ford Escort RS Cosworth Widebody “Cossie V2″ at Goodwood. Block developed the car after a fire claimed his 1991 Ford Escort Cosworth Group A rally car while competing last summer.
Ford Fiesta WRC Takes the Stage
The Ford Fiesta WRC car, driven by M-Sport WRC driver Elfyn Evans who campaigned the car in the FIA World Rally Championship with the M-Sport Ford World Rally Team, looks like an absolute ball to drive.
It receives power from Ford’s 1.6-litre EcoBoost engine and has lightning-fast four-wheel drive performance on gravel tracks and paved roads.
In the video, Evans demonstrates high-speed runs on the Goodwood Hillclimb and Forest Rally Stage with the same driving precision that earned him his first WRC win at the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB last year.
Ford Fusion NASCAR Racer in Europe
Joey Logano claimed the driver’s championship in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in 2018 with the #22 Team Penske Ford Fusion, driven by Billy Johnson at the Goodwood Hillclimb. Johnson is considered the most successful driver of all time in the IMSA Continental Tire Championship.
The Team Penske Ford Fusion represents one of Ford’s most successful U.S. motorsport programs. True to stock car racing roots, the car is powered by a 5.8-liter Ford V8 rated with 775 horsepower, mated to a four-speed manual H-pattern transmission.
Additionally, it is made from a Penske chassis, a steel tube frame, and features a hand-formed sheet metal body.
Celebrating Capri with the Zakspeed Turbo
Ford introduced the Capri in 1969 and sold more than 1.9 million cars across its 17 years of production. The race car seen at Goodwood is the flame-spitting Zakspeed Turbo Capri won the Division 2 championship for DRM touring car and sports car racing series in 1981.
According to Ford, the Zakspeed Turbo Capri competed from 1980 to1982 and is powered by a turbocharged 1.7-liter engine. The engine evolved from a Cosworth BDA engine based on Ford’s 1.3-liter Kent engine of the period.
The car is currently owned, and driven by Peter Mücke, founder of Mücke Motorsports and the father of Stefan Mücke, a driver for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and drove the Ford GT until the conclusion of the team’s racing program at Le Mans this year.
Ford GT Le Mans Racer Unleashed
Each of the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs’ that competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race last month featured a special “celebration livery” to reflect Ford’s success at Le Mans.
In the video, the #66 Ford GT was joined by the Ford GT MK II for a run during FOS.
The #66 Ford GT, driven by Stefan Mücke, features an exclusive black livery that pays homage to the Ford GT40 driven by Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon who won Le Mans in 1966.
Additionally, the GT MKII won the Goodwood Supercar Shootout its first time out.
The Ford Stand Was The Place To Be
The Ford stand featured a Ford Performance-inspired high-speed, high-thrill slide that took riders around the stand structure and over the top of the various Ford vehicles on display.
The stand also featured Forza Horizon 4 gaming pods. Gamers in attendance were able to attempt to set the quickest lap for a chance to go for a ride with seven-time British motorsport champion Paul Swift in the Ranger Raptor.
The Ranger Raptor is the first-ever vehicle launched at a video gaming event, at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany, and it has been available to off-road fans in Forza since July 2.
The Ford Ranger Raptor comes powered by a bi-turbo version of Ford’s 2.0‑litre EcoBlue diesel engine and Ford’s 10-speed automatic gearbox. Swift showcased the Ranger Raptor’s high-speed off-road driving and go-anywhere capability at Goodwood’s Off-Road Arena.