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We are one week away from one of the biggest annual spectacles in motoring – Goodwood Festival of speed in the UK.
Although it started as a hill climb for historic race cars, Goodwood now plays host to some of this auto industry’s most important public debuts – especially performance models.
So today in Driven News, we preview three brand new cars that are set to star at Goodwood in 2018.
Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
This is Aston Martin’s all-new flagship ‘Super GT’ replacing the Vanquish – and it sees the return of two important nameplates for the British company.
DBS – which first appeared in 1960s - and Superleggera which translates in Italian to 'super light'.
But didn’t Aston Martin steal that name from Lamborghini? Wrong. It was first used by Aston Martin 1967.
Superleggera pays homage to the lightweight construction methods pioneered by Italian coachbuilder, Touring, that worked with Aston Martin on the DB4, 5 and 6 Mark 1.
As such, the new DBS Supperleggera features a lighter, stronger aluminium chassis and the sculpted body panes are carbon fibre
It's powered by Aston Martin’s 5.2-litre twin-turbo V12 pushing out 533kW of power and 900Nm of torque. It will accelerate from 0 to 100km/h in 3.4 seconds, 0 to 160km/h in 6.4 and onto a top speed of 340km/h.
Read more: Aston Martin Supperleggera preview
See Driven for our report from the global launch next month
McLaren 600 LT
McLaren will show off their newest LT (Longtail) model to the public for the first time at Goodwood next weekend, and only the fourth Longtail ever built after the F1 GTR and 675LT Coupe and Spider.
Based on the ‘entry-level’ Super Series McLaren 570S coupe, the 600 LT is longer, more powerful and produces a lot more downforce.
The 600 LT is 75mm longer with extended front splitter, lengthen rear diffuser and fixed rear wing. All in all, McLaren say over 23 per cent of the McLaren 600LT has been completely re-engineered for better performance. New carbon fibre body work saves 96kg compared to the 570S coupe.
The McLaren 600LT is powered by the same twin-turbocharged, 3.8-litre V8 engine used in other Sports Series models, but the LT model will feature an uprated cooling system and reduced back pressure in the exhaust system, which is shorter than that of the McLaren Senna.
Peak power has been bumped from 419kW to 441kW and 620Nm of torque, giving the 600LT a power-to-weight ratio of 353kW(481hp)/tonne.
McLaren won't mention any other specific performance figures ahead of the 600LT's public debut at Goodwood.
But considering weight savings, expect a significant improvement the 570S’s 0-100km/h time of 3.2 seconds.
Read more: McLaren 600 LT preview
Last year we watched as Australia’s auto industry ground to a halt when the last Commodore rolled off the production line. But at the start of 2018, former Formula 1 driver and Le Mans 24 Hour winner David Brabham announced a new Aussie-built supercar was on the way with the formation of Brabham Automotive.
Carrying on the legacy of his father and triple F1 world champion Sir Jack, the Brabham BT62 will be seen in action for the first time at Goodwood next weekend.
Built specifically as a track-only supercar, BT62 is a limited-run, rear-wheel-drive, mid-engine, two-seat supercar powered by a naturally aspirated 5.4-litre V8.
The engine is said to produce 522kW of power and a 666Nm of torque, connected to a six-speed Holinger sequential racing gearbox.
As a track-focused supercar, BT62 features a significant carbon fibre aerodynamics package. The car is fitted with a full front splitter, an even bigger rear wing, air vents on every panel, side skirts and a centre-mounted dual exhaust.
Brabham claims the aero package will produce over 1200kg of downforce.
BT62 production is limited to 70 units - marking 70 years since Sir Jack began racing in Australia - and priced at £1 million (NZ$1.9m).
Read more: Brabham BT62 preview