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Watch 20 Minutes of Supercars at Goodwood Festival of Speed

If you wanted to see the world's greatest collection of new supercars in person you would have to book a flight to Geneva, Switzerland in March so you can attend the Geneva Motor Show. There you'll find press conferences from Lamborghini, Mercedes, Ferrari, Porsche and other exotic companies pulling back the curtains on their latest speed delivery machines.

But they're not moving. And some moving cars are better than ones that slowly on a rotunda. So if you want to see supercars in action, you'd have to arrange transportation to West Sussex in England for the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Here is where you'll find a 1.2-mile upward sloped course where classic and modern supercars alike ascend this narrow slip of asphalt in drama-free grip style or clouds of smoke. This video explains itself.

Below are some condensed notes on the more recently announced cars at Goodwood.

2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

Goodbye normal aspiration. For 2019 Aston Martin is implenting two snails into their 5.2-liter V-12 to produce 715 horsepower and 663 lb-ft of torque. This DBS Superleggera is lighter and stiffer than the base DBS and is equipped with enhanced carbon fiber aerodynamic parts, carbon ceramic brake discs, carbon fiber drive shaft, 265/35 R21 and 305/30 R21 Pirelli P Zero tires, forged wheels, and a standard ZF 8-speed gearbox. Zero-to-100 kmh takes 3.4 seconds, just a bit slower than the time it takes for this car to drain your bank account with its $305,000 USD price tag (UK £225,000).

Aston Martin Cygnet V8

The Aston Martin Cygnet, originally a rebadged Toyota iQ, was only created to comply with EU emissions/mileage regulations. This Cygnet V8, however, is a one-off commissioned by a very wealthy person with a sense of humor. Under the front hood lies a (last gen) Vantage S 4.7-liter V-8 pushing 430 horsepower and 361 lb-ft of torque to its rear wheels. The engine is hooked to a 7-speed manumatic transmission. Fitting the engine in the original iQ body is practically impossible which is why Aston Martin essentially created a fully-bespoke tube frame underneath the body panels creating space for all of its upsized components. The Cygnet V8 is also equipped with a limited slip differential, forged wheels, widebody, Recaro seats, racing harness, and rollcage. Zero-to-60 mph is set at 4.2-seconds.

2019 Brabham BT62

A non street-legal hypercar built by Brabham, a British racing company. It has pure carbon fiber body panels, rear-mid engine layout, rear wheel drive, and a 5.4-liter normally aspirated V-8 producing 700 horsepower and 492 lb-ft of torque. Its dry weight is a mere 2,143 lbs (972 kg). More details to be shown at a later time. Just know it costs £1 million and only 70 will be made.

2019 Lotus Exige Type 49/79

Created specifically for the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Lotus Exige Type 49 and 79 pay homage to Lotus' victories at Garaham Hill (With a Lotus Type 49 racing car) and Mario Andretti's World Championship (With a Lotus Type 79).

This pair of one-off Exige models are the fastest road cars Lotus has built, according to their internal testing. Its 3.5-liter Supercharged V-6 generates 430 horsepower and 325 lb-ft of torque allowing a blistering zero-to-60 mph time of only 3.2 seconds. Its top speed is 180 mph. Its drivetrain is reinforced with brand-name parts like AP Racing forged brake calipers, Eibach anti-roll bars, Nitron 3-way dampers, and 215/45 R17 with 285/30 R18 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. Downforce is induced with a splitter, air blades, diffuser, wheel arch vents, and a rear wing. Composite body paneling reduces its weight to 2,328 lbs (1,056 kg) though it's capable of producing 485 lbs (220 kg) of downforce at maximum speed. These cars will probably not be sold though customers can order an Exige in this configuration if you give them enough money.

Here are some links to more cars seen in the video:

Jaguar XE SV Project 8

Pagani Huayra Roadster

McLaren 600LT