The central features of Mastercard’s 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed have been revealed, and we think it’s one of the best yet. This year we celebrate the 50th anniversary of BMW M and what a race it is. For half a century, these famous three-stripes have graced. Some of the world’s finest road and race cars, from the E30 M3 to the V12 LMR Le Mans winner. Goodwood Festival of Speed fans can buy Goodwood Festival of Speed 2022 Tickets from our website.

You only need to look at the cars in the central feature. To see just how extensive the car catalogue is from which the iconic M brand originated.

The central features of Mastercard's 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed have been revealed
The central features of Mastercard’s 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed have been revealed

Each of BMW M’s five decades has had a car. The headliner of arguably the latest BMW LMDh race car, poised to make its 2024. IMSA Sports Car Championship debut and potentially return to Le Mans: the M Hybrid V8. It’s the V12 LMR ancestor (BMW’s last Le Mans winner) and BMW M’s first product. The 3.0 CSL – were rightly joined by the M1 Procar and the WTCC M 320si.

It is an excellent choice of icons that demonstrates the importance of BMW M to the automotive industry. This is another 50 years.

Hispano Suiza Carmen marks the return of the Festival of Speed legend

On the opening day of Mastercard’s 2022 Festival of Speed. There were plenty of new machines on the mountain, from the Czinger 21C to the BMW M3 Touring. Not to be missed, however, is the Hispano-Suiza Carmen.

If the name sounds familiar, it’s because Hispano-Suiza was founded in Barcelona in 1904. And produced some very large and fast cars until its collapse in 1946. As such, the car is the first new Hispano-Suiza in more than seven decades, and Carmen’s name is inspired by Carmen Mateu. The granddaughter of Damián Mateu who originally founded the company.

Hispano Suiza Carmen marks the return of the Festival of Speed legend
Hispano Suiza Carmen marks the return of the Festival of Speed legend

On a technical level, the Carmen is very different from the model produced in the early 20th century. An all-electric luxury performance car with 1,020 horsepower (750 kilowatts) delivered by two electric motors. One for each electric motor on the rear wheel. In some ways, however, Carmen’s work is very similar to the old-school. Hispano Suiza, combining luxury and speed – the company describes Carmen as “super luxury,” a mishmash of “supercar” and “luxury.”

Only 24 of these strange-looking silent beasts will be built, and whether the styling suits you or not. The return of such a famous historic name should be celebrated. Goodwood Festival of Speed 2022 fans can buy Goodwood Festival of Speed Tickets from our website.

Polestar 5 flexes muscles for the first time at the Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Polestar 5 prototype was unveiled at Mastercard’s 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed, straining its muscles on the hills, and boy, does it have some muscle to show. Today, the Swedish all-electric brand has announced the target power figures for its flagship super sedan. If Polestar achieves its target, the Polestar 5 will be an 884 hp (650 kW), 900 Nm (664 lb-ft) car when it goes on sale grace.

The low-slung four-door coupe will also feature an 800-volt electrical architecture for superior power and faster charging.

Polestar CTO Jorg Brandscheid

The Polestar CTO Jorg Brandscheid: “The new powertrains we are developing will set a new brand standard for our performance vehicles, Combining strong electrical capabilities with advances in lightweight platform technology creates a truly fantastic driving car.”

Polestar 5 prototypes were unveiled at Mastercard's 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed
Polestar 5 prototypes were unveiled at Mastercard’s 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The Polestar 5 promises isn’t just a speed machine either, with a platform designed to handle its massive growl. It should be lightweight, stiff and high-tech, with what Polestar calls ‘low-volume automotive attributes’.

Presented only in mule form during FOS 2022. We can really get a sense of how the Polestar 5 is taking shape.

While some of the more extreme dimensions of the Discipline concept. That inspired, it has been omitted, this is still a very sexy show salon. The camouflage highlights tell us. That those beautiful double L-light signatures in the front should make their way into the production car. In the silhouette and livery, we can see the hips and nose descending from the top of the front wheels. A stylistic element that is difficult to see with a bike underneath.

All in all, this will be a very fast, very beautiful and high-quality four-door supercar. If Polestar gets the right power, the Audi E-Tron GT and Porsche Taycan will be in for a fight.

Viritech Apricale is a hydrogen-powered supercar with 1,000PS

The 1000PS (746 kW) supercar is firmly established in the minds of car enthusiasts. We wouldn’t say we’re tired of the four-digit power, but they don’t cause the slack jaws they once did. While the power has increased, the curb weight has also increased. So it’s refreshing that Viritech Apricale promises to come back to under 1,000kg while bragging about more horsepower. It debuted today at Mastercard’s Festival of Speed. Goodwood Festival of Speed 2022 fans can buy Festival of Speed Tickets from our website.

Viritech Apricale is a hydrogen-powered supercar with 1,000PS
Viritech Apricale is a hydrogen-powered supercar with 1,000PS

Electric vehicles have been the main driver of rapid weight gain. But Apricale also has no tailpipe emissions from its battery-powered rivals. The secret is hydrogen, and the company claims to have re-evaluated how fuel cell electric vehicles are configured.

Matt Faulks, CTO of Viritech

Matt Faulks, CTO of Viritech, explains: “Until now, hydrogen fuel cells have been used as a range extender for battery-oriented powertrains. We fundamentally changed that approach and developed a fuel cell built around hundreds of kilowatts of fuel supported by a lightweight yet efficient battery. This gives the Apricale supercar performance, but at less than half the weight of a typical BEV supercar. The weight reduction not only changes the driving dynamics of the Apricale’s. But we reduce reliance on batteries means less demand for rare earth minerals.”

One of the drawbacks of hydrogen vehicles is the need for heavy tanks to withstand pressure. By using lightweight composite materials and resins, Viritech has significantly reduced. The weight of the fuel tank results in reduced weight improved packaging and increased range. Apricale is expected to cover 350 fills before refuelling. The company has a patent-pending system that allows energy from fuel cells and batteries to change continuously. While regenerative braking benefits from greater energy recovery than conventional BEVs.

Viritech would like to take advantage of the lightweight and excellent road holding of the car. The carbon-fibre monocoque structure carries the tie rod suspension and drives motors for each axle. Power will be tuned to mimic that of a traditional mid-engine supercar. A mechanical differential is responsible for torque vectoring. The Apricale can put in 800 kW and a single ratio can take it from a standstill to over 200 mph.

Pininfarina has optimized the prototype design. The two companies are in talks to produce 25 cars to be built by the Italian company. Visitors to FOS will have the chance to see Apricale trees up close in the Michelin Supercar paddock.

Genesis’ third EV of 2022 revealed at Festival of Speed

Since arriving in Europe last year, Genesis has been busy creating as much buzz as possible. Competition from companies is fierce, so it’s critical for brands to find their niche while maintaining the widest possible appeal. Goodwood Festival of Speed fans can buy Goodwood Speed Festival Tickets from our website.

Genesis' third EV of 2022 revealed at Festival of Speed
Genesis’ third EV of 2022 revealed at Festival of Speed

Genesis is working hard to do just that, with three electric vehicles on the line by 2022. Battery-powered GV60 and GV80 models have been added to the price list. A third model will make its European debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed which is today organized by Mastercard.

Earlier today, the Duke of Richmond unveiled the electrified GV70 featuring Genesis’s Andrew Pilkington. Like the rest of the product range, the X Speedium Coupé Concept took part in the stand. Which also made its European debut.

The rapid introduction of electric models is a reflection of the South Korean automaker’s goal of an all-electric model by 2025.

Dominique Boesch, Managing Director of Genesis Motor Europe

Dominique Boesch, Managing Director of Genesis Motor Europe, commented: “We are delighted to introduce the Electrified GV70 in Europe. Debut at the world-famous Goodwood Festival of Speed. Like our other SUV models, it retains its exceptional versatility and usability, as well as unparalleled comfort and driving pleasure. As the third new electric vehicle Genesis is launched in Europe within a year. The Electrified GV70 is further proof of the brand’s bold ambitions for the region.”

A series of videos coinciding with the launch of the Electrified GV70 demonstrates the vehicle charging capability. Where the car’s battery can be used to power other devices. The video shows the GV70 helping out on the Goodwood estate. But it can also easily be used to power lawnmowers or camping equipment.

We’ll have to be patient until we get details on the specs of the Electrified GV70. No details have been released on power, range or pricing. They are expected to be announced before orders open in the summer.

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