Vauxhall at Goodwood's Festival of Speed
21st June, 2010
1911 Vauxhall C Type Prince Henry
Vauxhall Ampera E-REV
- Vauxhall fields first teaser of next VXR8 ahead of official launch announcement
- C10 ‘Prince Henry’ to feature
- Ampera E-REV prototype gives a 'taste' of future
A trio of Vauxhall’s spanning 100 years of innovation by the company will feature at the Goodwood Festival
of Speed from 1st-4th July.
While Vauxhall has yet to confirm its launch of the new VXR8, the latest HSV GTS E2 – its near-identical
Australian 'sibling' - will give the clearest indication yet of its intention to sell the car in Britain. The
new super-saloon will appear as part of the Festival’s First Glance/super car group, and in a glorious
counterpoint, its oldest Vauxhall predecessor, the 3.0 litre Prince Henry will be chasing it hard up
Goodwood’s treacherous hill climb.
Also making its public show debut in the UK will be the first prototype of Vauxhall’s Ampera E-REV
(Extended-Range Electric Vehicle), which will complete a two-week promotional tour of the country at the
Festival by following in the wake of the GTS and Prince Henry up the hill.
Provisionally planned for launch in the near future, the new VXR8 will continue its giant-killing
tradition, with a 6.2 litre V8 producing 431 PS, rear-wheel drive and the potential to hit 60 mph in just 4.9
seconds. As well as sporting a comprehensive facelift, the new car features Magnetic Ride Control (MRC),
revised suspension and launch control.
Which is something that Vauxhall’s chief engineer, Laurence Pomeroy, would not have dreamt about in 1910,
when he entered three of the company’s C10 models in the Prince Henry Trophy. The cars survived the 1,230
mile trial, and thanks to their durability, agility and 90 mph top speed, the production car they spawned
became known as the ‘Prince Henry’, and Vauxhall’s Festival car is one of the earliest of nine survivors.
But Vauxhall’s presence at Goodwood this year also illustrates the company’s look into the future. No car
typifies this more than the Ampera, which with its constant electric drive, 350 mile range, family-friendly
practicality and 175 mpg potential marks it as one of this decade’s most revolutionary cars. As well as
seeing the car drive up the hill, visitors can get an even better insight into its technology, thanks to a
display car and chassis housed in the FoS-TECH Pavillion.
The Goodwood Festival of Speed is being held from 1st-4th July 2010. Entry is available with a