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This Year’s Festival Of Speed Set To Feature Significant Race Car Launches

Multiple cars to be shown off at Goodwood

The Goodwood Festival of Speed next month is due to feature multiple significant car launches, many of them significant to sportscar racing.

Amongst the cars DSC believes will be revealed at the event are the new Porsche GTE 911 RSR 19, the advanced concept for the new for 2020 GT4-spec Toyota Supra, Radical’s new road car – dubbed the ‘Rapture’ and an unannounced project from Multimatic based on the GTE-spec Ford GT.

The new GTE Porsche 911 RSR 19, which has been out testing at Spa-Francorchamps this week as part of its development, will debut later this year in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Shots of the car (featured), surfaced earlier this year of it testing at Monza. It will replace the current 911 RSR as the German marque’s GTE Pro challenger. It is not expected to be a turbo-charged car, like the offerings from the other WEC GTE manufacturers, Aston Martin and Ferrari.

Pascal Zurlinden, Director GT Factory Motorsports, spoke to DSC’s Martin Little at Le Mans and gave some hints about what we can expect from the new car.

“The car will be revealed at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK on the 6th July.

“You will have to wait and see what we unveil, but the car is titled the ‘911 RSR 19’ which tells you something. Although much of the development work is under the bodywork, there are some visual changes too which may surprise you. It’s definitely visible.

“We sell many cars to customers and we have had a lot of feedback from their programmes. Because there has been so much discussion and we have so much data available to us now that comes in much more quickly we have reached a position to make these changes.

“The cars that go to our customers are very reliable and easy to use, but there will always be the small issues that you have to work on.

“Quite often these are the things from the mechanics who have to make changes very quickly and we are always looking to improve things not just for our customers but for our works team too.”

United Autosports has also announced that it will have a significant presence at Goodwood this year, representing Ligier.

Exclusive UK agents for the French manufacturer, Ligier UK, United will be displaying four cars from the Ligier Automotive range, with modern race cars, the Ligier JS P3 and the Ligier JS2 R, doing demonstration runs up the famous Goodwood hill climb.

Also on display will be the Ligier JS2 raced by Jacques Laffite and Guy Ligier in the 1973 Le Mans 24 Hours. The Ligier JS2 is the predecessor to the new Ligier JS2 R, designed and built to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Ligier.

“We are excited to be displaying the range of Ligier sports cars to the public at Goodwood for the first time. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Ligier brand, which we are proud to be part of,” said Richard Dean.

The four cars we have on display are only a small range of the ones manufactured by Ligier, but we hope the public enjoy seeing them on display and running up the hill.”