Celebrating Speed: Best of the Goodwood Festival of Speed 2016
The curtain has fallen and the engines have wound down after another Goodwood Festival of Speed, leaving just a faint whiff of gasoline in the air around Lord March's estate. Everything from Bugatti's ultra-powerful Chiron to the thunderous Aston Martin Vulcan made a run up the hill this year, with a healthy serving of classic racing goodness in between. Have a look through our gallery for a comprehensive wrap of all the priceless metal that put on a show for the world's motoring enthusiasts.
Host with the most
This year's featured marque was BMW, and the Bavarian brand didn't disappoint. Designed by Gerry Judah, the central installation is one of the most dramatic pieces we've seen at Goodwood, suspending a 328, V12 LMR and Brabham BT-52 above the manicured lawns. Those cars were chosen with this year's focus – the endless pursuit of power – in mind.
"It's by far the biggest [installation] in terms of square footage and in terms of engineering it's very critical," said Lord March. "The tolerances are literally millimeters."
Aston Martin Vantage GT12 Roadster
Powered by the same 592-hp (441-kW) engine as the Vantage GT12 Coupe, the Roadster is the most extreme drop-top Aston Martin has ever built. Commissioned by a customer who liked the look of the limited-run coupe, but wanted to enjoy the wind in their hair, the GT12 Roadster shows off the full scope of what Aston's Q Branch is capable of doing.
Although it's got the full range of aero-addenda from the Coupe, the Roadster loses the massive rear wing and garish paint-job, replacing them with a subtle silver finish.
BMW celebrates with V12 LMR
As this year's featured marque, you'd expect BMW to pull out all the stops. Thankfully, it didn't disappoint, sending the V12 LMR for a run up the hill. The LMR only competed in one Le Mans 24 Hour race, finishing first in 1999 at the hands of Yannick Dalmas, Pierluigi Martini and Joachim Winkelhock.
The LMR wasn't the only BMW of note to make a run, however. A priceless 328 from BMW's own museum collection also completed the hillclimb.
Chiron breaks cover
Countless thousands of column inches have been devoted to the Chiron since its launch, but there's been very little in the way of actual, speedy movement for the public to enjoy. Bugatti went some way to rectifying that at the Festival of Speed, showing off its latest W16 monster at the hands on Andy Wallace.
"If you drove a Veyron you'd think, how on earth do you improve on this?" said Wallace. "It was difficult to imagine what you could do to make it better. But believe me, the Chiron is a big step forward in every way."
One of the best things about the Festival of Speed is the sheer number and variety of cars on display. Take a flick through our gallery to enjoy pictures of everything from McLaren Formula 1 legends to 100 year-old Italian land-speed cars as they put on a show for motoring devotees from around the world.