THE GOODWOOD Festival of Speed is one of the best events in Britain to see the latest cars in action.
It’s this weekend (June 24-26) and promises to be a fun day out for the family, as well as a chance to see, touch and in some cases even drive a new car before you buy it.
There are plenty of supercars and hypercars on display, as well as the kind of cars the rest of us would consider too.
We’ve rounded up what we think is most important — the ones that should be on your list of options as soon as they go on sale.
These range from small, small EVs to large SUVs, but these are the cars that are probably a great place to put your money.
The good news is they start from £17,000 which works out to around £250 a month after a reasonable deposit on lease once they go on sale.
The Lucid Air is an electric four-door from the US that plans to go to Britain and compete against the Tesla Model S.
Considering that it costs from £40,000 but will have a range of over 500 miles on a charge, we’d say it has a good chance of being successful.
Lucid also thinks the Air will also be the fastest electric sedan on the market, with a quarter-mile time of 9.9 seconds.
Useless in the real world, but good pub ammunition nonetheless.
Renault 5 Prototype
Do you remember the old Renault 5? The one your grandparents went shopping on Sunday? Well, this one harks back to that, but is a completely different car.
First off, it’s an electric car, but it can cost as little as £17,000 and can cover 250 miles on a single charge, which is very good value for money as electric cars go.
That works out to about $250 a month with a reasonable down payment.
There are rumors that a hot hatch version is also coming.
Range Rover Sport
The new Range Rover Sport is less affordable, but you can bet it will still sell like hot cakes.
Goodwood will be the car’s dynamic debut as it races up the hill, but it will also be on Land Rover’s booth where people can sit too.
It gets new styling, improved technology and new engines, including a fuel-efficient plug-in hybrid version.
Britain loves a pickup truck and this electric one from America is shown to us for the first time at Goodwood.
The R1T has quite a few stats: 800 horsepower, a 0-100 km/h time of under four seconds, four-wheel drive and a range of 314 miles.
Importantly, its carrying and towing capabilities are among the best and an EV is inexpensive to drive through a company as a company vehicle.
Pole star 5
Another brand that Tesla is looking to beat at its own game is Polestar.
So far, we’ve had the Polestar 1 coupe and 2 sedan, while the 3 SUV and 4 Coupe SUV have been partially unveiled.
The 5 is another car to rival the Tesla Model S, with four-wheel drive, about 500 horsepower, a 300-mile range and a luxurious interior.
As a showcase for what the Swedish brand can do, it will be hugely important.