THREE SUPERCARS WILL TURN HEADS AT GOODWOOD
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.
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.