This year's Goodwood Festival of Speed starts with lots of excitement, and this excitement will reach on new heights when Ford’s record-breaking FF1, a 1.0-litre Formula Ford-based road car, will be making its first public appearance in anger − and on track.
The FF1 set a lap time of 7min 22sec at the Nurburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany, which is the fastest time of its class and the 11th fastest-ever circuit time. The FF1 is tackling the Goodwood hillclimb this weekend, and can be found on display at the festival’s FoS-TECH area in-between runs with the award-winning 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine.
Nick Tandy, the racing driver who set the FF1’s Ferrari Enzo-beating record time on the Nordschleife circuit, will showcase the road-legal racer on timed demonstration runs from Friday 12th through to Sunday 14th July. The FF1 is powered by a tuned version of Ford’s “International Engine of the Year” winner, the 1.0-litre, three-cylinder EcoBoost engine, which achieved the highest score in the award’s history. The honour makes Ford one of only three car manufacturers to win it back-to-back.
Weighing just 495kg the super-efficient FF1, tuned to over 200PS, is capable of achieving over 100mpg without modification, yet will accelerate from 0-60mph in less than four seconds. Also on display within the Cathedral Paddock at Goodwood is Ford Supervan 3 – a replica 1994 Ford Transit powered by a supercharged 3.0-litre Ford Cosworth engine, which produces 295bhp and has a top speed of 150mph. The Ford Transit Supervan 3 will also run on the Goodwood hillclimb, driven by former BTCC racing driver, Anthony Reid.
A 10-metre high, three-storey Ford exhibition stand is situated on the front row of the motoring village, offering visitors a panoramic view of Goodwood House and the festival, and features upcoming products from Ford, a founding Goodwood Festival of Speed supporter, including the new Ford Ecosport and next-generation Ford Mondeo.