The British Motor Show accelerates into action next week with a four-day festival of scintillating car action and politically incorrect screeching tyres.
Or rather, the Goodwood Festival of Speed begins on Thursday with more than 600 cars and motorcycles from yesteryear, today and tomorrow.
Since 1993, the Earl of March’s automotive extravaganza in West Sussex has become the nation’s motor show.
Racy: The Honda Civic Type-R people’s supercar will be at the Goodwood Festival of Speed
All the major car makers — and significantly their top brass — are out in force for the event at Lord March’s stately home that attracts more than 300,000 car fans and families.
From Ferraris to Fiats and Lamborghini’s to Seat Leons, there will be plenty of action as new cars and supercars are driven by celebrities and racing drivers up to Goodwood House.
There is also a ‘moving motor show’, where you can see the cars that are about to join the showrooms — and not just on static display.
German car chiefs just love it and are drawn in such numbers that the traditional British motor show — before its demise — could never attract.
Honda will give Goodwood visitors a chance to see their people’s supercar in action — the new Civic Type-R.
It accelerates from rest to 62 mph in 5.7 seconds up to a top speed of 167 mph. Prices will start from £32,295 when it hits showrooms next month.
For the first time, Honda will be showing off its entire 2015 line-up, including the new Jazz and muchanticipated HR-V small SUV and NSX supercar. With more than 300 bhp through the front wheels, it is the fastest and most powerful hot hatch in its sector.
World land speed record holder and RAF pilot Andy Green will be storming up the Goodwood Hill in a specially tweaked Jaguar XJ Rapid Response Vehicle as preparation for his daring bid to break the 1,000mph barrier.
Speed: World land speed record holder and RAF pilot Andy Green will be storming up the Goodwood Hill in a specially tweaked Jaguar XJ Rapid Response Vehicle (pictured)
The Bloodhound SSC supersonic supercar will make its world debut in November ahead of high-speed testing in South Africa in summer 2016.
Green already holds the world land speed record of 763 mph, which he set in Thrust SSC.
Jaguar is bringing four new variants of the XJ to Goodwood, including the updated flagship saloon, which is priced from £58,690 to £100,000.
Peugeot is hosting the world premiere of its new 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport at Goodwood.
It has a highly-efficient 1.6-litre THP Stop&Start petrol engine and a choice of 250 hp and 270 hp.
A muscular 500bhp 308 R HYbrid also makes its European bow.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed runs from Thursday, June 25, to Sunday, June 28, with some tickets still available: goodwood.com or 01243 755055.
Jaguar is creating a car that can read your mind by measuring how well drivers are concentrating. The aim is to reduce the number of accidents caused by motorists who are stressed, distracted or failing to focus on the road ahead.
The Jaguar Land Rover Sixth Sense research project uses technology from sports, medicine and aerospace to monitor heart rate, respiration and brain activity with the aim of identifying driver stress and fatigue.
Instead of a headband to monitor the brain, JLR is investigating a method used by Nasa to develop a pilot’s concentration skills that uses sensors in the steering wheel.
A naked driver losing his keys in a nudist camp and a German Panzer going ‘kaput’ during a battle involving machine-gun toting storm-troopers may seem unlikely call-outs for the AA.
But they and a host more — all based on real-life events — are at the heart of a new TV advert for the road rescue service.
The nudists clearly struggled to find their membership cards and the ‘Germans’ were part of a British World War II re-enactment group whose mock blitzkrieg ended in ignominy.
It’s been been a busy week for clever new technology being unveiled for the next generation of cars.
If negotiating deep craters in a bumpy road or inching around exceptionally tight corners or parking spaces looks too challenging from the restricted view of the driver’s seat, Jaguar Land Rover has come up with the perfect solution for its Range Rover in the future.
Challenging: A clever app will allow Range Rover drivers to control the steering, brakes and throttle from outside the car using a smartphone and wi-fi link
Just get out of the vehicle, assess the best angle of attack and steer the empty car around the obstacle remotely using your smartphone. The remote-control Range Rover uses radar, cameras, ultrasonic sound and light range sensors.
A clever app will allow the driver to control the steering, brakes and throttle from outside the car using a smartphone and wi-fi link.
This means you will be able to control the gears, speed and direction over challenging terrain or into tricky parking spaces.
It echoes the remote phone-controlled car which appeared in the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies. Remote steering was among the latest prototype technology Jaguar Land Rover was showcasing this week at its test track and engineering centre at Gaydon in Warwickshire. However, it won’t be appearing in showrooms for another five years.
Not to be outdone, BMW’s new flagship 7-series was unveiled this week with a remote self-parking system that allows owners to manoeuvre in or out of parking spaces or garages without anyone being at the wheel.