HOT WHEELS FOR CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON: The World Touring Cars championship has had an all-action season in 2015. Image: FIA WTCC
LONDON, England – The 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed will feature an official appearance by the FIA World Touring Car championship for the first time.
It will be a multi-year creative partnership with series promoter Eurosport Events.
Six front-running cars from the WTCC, representing the various automotive brands participating in the championship, will take part at the festival and be driven by a selection of the championship’s star drivers.
The line-up will be decided by an all-new ‘Race to Goodwood’ competition running within the WTCC, with leading drivers in the 2016 championship invited to take part.
Following practice runs up Goodwood’s iconic 1.6km Hillclimb, the stars of the WTCC will take part in a shoot-out – and against the clock – to see who will win the first ‘WTCC Goodwood Trophy’.
The Goodwood organisers say it will be “a spectacular standalone event that marks the series’ return to the UK for the first time since 2011”.
Star drivers of the WTCC’s 285kW turbocharged machines currently include former Festival of Speed competitors Sebastien Loeb, Rob Huff and Gabriele Tarquini, plus current World champion Jose Maria Lopez and four-times title winner Yvan Muller.
The six competing cars will each appear in special one-off liveries created by esteemed artists and designers. A panel of experts judges and fans of the WTCC will be able to vote for their favourite designs with an award being presented for the most original.
In 2017 the intensity of the contest will increase as manufacturers will be invited to develop their design concepts for World Touring Cars of the future, with the spectacular creations on display at the Festival of Speed throughout the event.