Since stepping in to fill the void left by the British Motor show in 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed has gone from strength to strength, attracting ever growing numbers of visitors with its heady mix of exotic metal, motorsport action and unencumbered access to racing legends past and present.

The main attraction is of course the hill climb event. Set over 1.1 miles of narrow paved track, running across the grounds of Goodwood house, it is an intense battleground for pros and novices alike, and a fantastic place to watch your favourite cars being driven in anger.

Unfortunately, unless you have a racing licence and own a priceless historic racing car (or are particularly pally with the event sponsors), you’re limited to spectating. But now you can at least get a taste of the iconic hill climb course, thanks to Gran Turismo 6.

That’s right, the Goodwood hill climb is to feature as a circuit on the forthcoming installment of the ultra-realistic racing franchise.

To celebrate, Festival of Speed attendees will be able to play a demo of the new track at stands across the grounds. With a choice of cars, the gauntlet has been thrown down to beat the 41.6 second course record set by Nick Heidfeld in an F1 car in 1999.

“I have always been a huge admirer of the Festival of Speed and what Lord March has achieved,” explains Polyphony Digital president and creator of Gran Turismo, Kazunori Yamauchi.

“I love the incredible range of cars on display – from the priceless, rare and exotic, to the latest family hatchback and full on racing cars – I love the challenge of the Hill Climb and the rally stage.

“Goodwood represents every type of motoring and motor sport which very much mirrors what we aim to achieve with Gran Turismo and so it is very special that we have forged this partnership.”

If you prefer your motorsport up close and personal rather than on the gogglebox, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is happening now until Sunday 14 July.

Daljinder Nagra


July 12, 2013