THREE SU­PER­CARS WILL TURN HEADS AT GOOD­WOOD

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — WR.

THREE su­per cars will at­tract a lot of at­ten­tion at the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed in Eng­land this week­end, but only one will be burn­ing petrol.

VW’s is send­ing its Pike Peak win­ner to the an­nual fes­ti­val of all things fast on wheels; Nis­san have teamed up with Italde­sign to gild a GT-R50; while an ar­cane Bul­gar­ian com­pany is making star­tling claims for its su­per elec­tric car.

The GT-R50 comes with gold cladding and Nismo tun­ing. Nis­san and Italde­sign are cur­rently test­ing the mar­ket for 50 of th­ese cus­toms, each avail­able for some $1,6 mil­lion (well over R13 mil­lion).

Volk­swa­gen built the I.D R Pikes Peak all-elec­tric racer specif­i­cally to con­quer the fa- mous Amer­i­can hill climb. The 507-kW racer broke the eight-minute bar­rier for the first time, post­ing a new Pikes Hill record of 7:57.148.

Bul­gar­ian com­pany Ar­canum is send­ing its all-elec­tric, 24-mo­tored Alieno su­per­car to Good­wood. So far, the Alieno only ex­ists as a screen sav- er, but the Bul­gar­i­ans claim those 24 mo­tors make their car seven times more pow­er­ful than the Tesla Model S. If proven true, this will equate to a neck-snap­ping quick take­off, as the Tesla does the 0-100 km/h run in less than three sec­onds. Car­ry­ing heavy bat­ter­ies up the 1,86km Good­wood Hill Climb this week­end, nei­ther the Alieno nor the Pike Peak Volk­sie will be able to beat the 41,6-sec­onds record time set by F1 driver Nick Hei­d­feld in a McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 in 1999. VW just aims to break the record for elec­tric cars of 47,34 sec­onds, which was set by Jonny Cocker in a Lola-Drayson B12 69/EV in 2013.

The GT-R50 Nismo is not likely to race up the hill, but it could if it wanted to. The GT3-de­rived en­gine makes 529 kW and 780 Nm, which to­gether with the Nis­san’s leg­endary han­dling, should get it to within a whisker of Hei­d­field’s 19-year-old record.

PHOTO: NIS­SAN

A mil­lion dol­lar gilded Godzilla, or for nongear­heads, the Nis­san GT-R with gold trim, will go on show to 50 buy­ers at the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed this week­end.

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