AMG GT R Heads Mercedes-Benz’s Line-Up At The 2016 Goodwood Festival Of Speed


June 23, 2016 By Mike Lee
Last updated on June 23, 2016

Mercedes-Benz line-up at the Goodwood FoS

  • New Mercedes-AMG GT R to make public debut at Goodwood Festival of Speed this weekend
  • MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 Team will be bringing the 2014 F1 W05 Hybrid for its Goodwood debut
  • Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Edition 1 Coupé and S 63 Cabriolet to be driven up the hill – as well as historic Mercedes-Benz race cars
  • Displays of the latest Mercedes-Benz models as well as significant models from the company’s 130-year history

Mercedes-Benz is fully embracing this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed theme ‘Full Throttle: The Endless Pursuit of Power’ with the public debut of its latest model, the Mercedes-AMG GT R.

The GT R will be unveiled to the world’s media at Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands on Friday, before being transported to the Goodwood Festival of Speed for its public debut on Saturday 25th June, where it will be both on the Mercedes-Benz stand and also making its way up the famous hill.

The MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 Team will be bringing the F1 W05 Hybrid, for debut on the Goodwood hill. The F1 W05 Hybrid is the car in which Lewis Hamilton gained his second World Drivers’ Championship in 2014, and which also secured the first ever Formula One World Constructors’ Championship in the history of Mercedes-Benz.

Also being driven up the hill will be the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 S Edition 1 Coupé – unmistakable thanks to its striking yellow decals – and the luxurious yet brutally fast Mercedes-AMG S 63 Cabriolet.

Making their UK debuts on the Mercedes-Benz stand are the new Mercedes-AMG C 63 Cabriolet and E 43 Saloon, alongside the SLC 43, SL 63 and S 500 Cabriolet.

The Mercedes-Benz Classic team will be represented by a number of vehicles. The oldest is the Mercedes 120 hp racing car of 1906. This 110-year-old is one of the most significant racing cars of its era, with numerous victories across Europe (including first and second places in the opening race at Brooklands). The 120 hp will be heading up the hill, as will the iconic Mercedes-Benz 540 K Streamliner of 1938.

Also in the Goodwood line-up is the Mercedes-Benz 300 SLS of 1957 – the car in which Paul O’Shea won the American Sports Car Championship – having won in 1955 and 1956 in a 300 SL.

The intervening years up to the present day are represented by a 280 E (W123) rally car from 1977; a Sauber-Mercedes C 9 Group C racing car from 1988; a Mercedes-Benz 1834 S racing truck of 1996; and a Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 customer sports racing car.

Of course, the Festival of Speed is about more than the vehicles alone, and a number of Mercedes-Benz Classic brand ambassadors will be driving, including: Roland Asch; Ellen Lohr; Klaus Ludwig; Jochen Mass; and Susie Wolff.

Now in its 23rd year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed was started in 1993 by Charles Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March and Kinrara, and is widely considered one of the most important motoring events of the year. The organisers are once again this year expecting more than 150,000 visitors from all over the world. The 2016 Festival runs from 23-26 June.