As a car enthusiast, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is one car event you need to visit at least once in your life. These are my five favourite Ferraris from this year’s festivities.
Ferrari 312 T
My all-time favourite Formula 1 car. I knew it was going to be at the event, but finding it sitting in one of the paddocks simply had me speechless. Niki Lauda is one of the most legendary F1-drivers, but this particular car somehow stuck with me. It was driven by the Austrian during the 1975 season.
The great thing about Goodwood is the absence of fences. You can really take time to observe cars up close and walk around them many times. For me, it was the first time seeing the Ferrari 312 T and some things that stood out for me were the high air-intake, the big spoiler, the massive rear tires, the stuck-on front splitter and the small cockpit.
It’s one of the most dominant cars in Formula 1’s history and needs no introduction, but for those who may not know, here are some facts: The Ferrari F2004 continued Scuderia Ferrari’s streak of 6 Constructors’ Championships and 5 Drivers’ Championships. It is powered by a lovely 3.0-L V10 producing around 850 horsepower, and the car won 15 of 20 races during the 2004 F1 season. Both Michael Schumacher and Rubens Barrichello ended up on the podium 30 times, started in pole position 12 times and had 14 fastest laps.
The current lap records at the Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit, Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Nürburgring GP-Strecke, Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours, Autodromo Nazionale Monza and Shanghai International Circuit still belong to the F2004.
Ferrari FXX-K EVO
The most powerful Ferrari at the event was the Ferrari FXX-K EVO. Introduced in October 2017 during Ferrari’s 70th anniversary festivities, the track-only FXX-K’s evolution package produces 23% more downforce than the standard model, proving that there’s always room to improve.
The most notable changes were an improved front splitter and larger rear wing. This particular Ferrari FXX-K EVO is owned by Chris Froggatt, who participates in various competitions with his 488 racing cars. He took delivery of this Rosso Coburn FXX-K EVO at Pista di Fiorano in March of this year and the sound of its V12 screaming up the hill was simply phenomenal.
The first public outing of the Ferrari P80/C was at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. The car is Ferrari’s first Special Project based on a race car and the longest SP that Ferrari ever worked on.
We spoke with Frank Liew about the car. The Hong Kong-based filmmaker was closely involved in the design process alongside the team at Blackbird Concessionaires, and he shared some great stories and anecdotes about collaborating with Ferrari Centro Stile.
The Ferrari design team are perfectionists in the smallest aspects. Some of the touches, such as the intakes and spoilers, were discussed over many months. Frank showed us the interior and the door was even lighter than I expected it to be. You could move it easily with just one finger.
The interior of the Ferrari P80/C is a tribute to the blue interiors of 1960s Ferrari sports cars, such as the 250 LM and 250 GTO. One detail I particularly like is the carbon insert of the car’s name one the door. Personally, I think this is one of the most beautiful cars to ever come out of Maranello. It somehow combines Ferrari’s modern brand continuity with a unique touch of personal heritage.
Another one-off Ferrari on display at Goodwood was the SP3JC. Well, I say one-off, but it’s actually one of two special cars created for Talacrest’s founder John Collins. This particular one is finished in a livery of Azzurro Met., Giallo Modena and Bianco Italia. The interior is finished in blue leather with white details.