Ford had another fantastic line-up at Goodwood Festival of Speed this year.
During the Moving Motor Show on Thursday, the Ford Fiesta ST200 made its UK debut and spectators were able to watch it take on the iconic Goodwood Hillclimb with special guests such as GymKhana and World Rallycross star Ken Block and Ex-Stig and racing driver Ben Collins.
During the 4 day event, visitors could also visit the Ford stand to get a unique opportunity to view all the recently announced vehicles including the new ST-Line range and Focus RS, as well the chance to experience the glass-floored 'Walk of Adrenaline' and the 4.5 metre leap jump, plus the opportunity to see the iconic Le Mans winning Ford GT at the Ford stand.
The recently revealed Ford Fiesta ST200 making its debut at Goodwood, was wholly appropriate as 40 years earlier spectators at the Le Mans 24 Hours race noted a handsome new Ford hatchback - the new back then Ford Fiesta. In 2016, the new Fiesta ST200 is the most powerful production Fiesta ever since its launch 40 years ago.
Compared with the acclaimed Ford Fiesta ST, the new Fiesta ST200 produces 10 per cent more power and 20 per cent more torque with 200 PS and 290 Nm from a specially calibrated 1.6-litre EcoBoost petrol engine. The Ford Fiesta ST200 sprints 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6.7 seconds and delivers faster in-gear acceleration for improved drivability and an even more fun-to-drive experience. To further optimise the driving experience, Fiesta ST200 also features enhanced suspension and steering, elevating its award-winning dynamic handling and ride quality.
The 10 metre high, three-story Ford Performance stand for 2016 offered one of the finest views of the Goodwood festival, which could be enjoyed using Ford’s Spectator Binoculars at locations across two floors.
Visitors could also experience 'The Leap', which challenged daredevils to throw themselves off a 4.5 metre airbag jump experience. A team of parkour athletes were also ascending an experts-only 9 metre platform several times a day to perform a series of choreographed stunt falls, spins, flips and somersaults to entertain the crowds.
Elsewhere on the stand, the popular Adrenalin Walk returned to give visitors a unique view of the #66 Le Mans Ford GT using a suspended glass floor to offer views from every angle above the race car. Ken Block’s 2016 Ford Focus RS RX vehicle, competing in the FIA World Rallycross Championship, was also on display among the rest of the UK Ford line-up.
Celebrating Ford’s partnership with the Team Sky elite cycling team, Ford also hosted the Team Sky Skills Trackstand Challenge, a timed standing-stop balance competition on the top floor.
The #66 Ford GT race car swapped the legendary Circuit de la Sarthe race track in Le Mans, France, for the world-famous Hillclimb course at the 2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Representing Ford’s victorious team at the Le Mans 24 Hours race on June 18-19, the #66 Ford GT race car made its Goodwood Hillclimb debut driven by Ford Chip Ganassi Racing drivers Dirk Müller – one of the drivers of the race-winning #68 car – and Marino Franchitti.
The #68 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT took 2016 Le Mans victory in the LM GTE Pro category exactly 50 years after Ford recorded an historic 1 2 3 victory at the iconic endurance race in 1966. The #69 Ford GT finished in third place, and the #66 and #67 Ford GTs finished in fourth and ninth places respectively.
The Ford GT made history and won at the Le Mans 24 Hours race, so Goodwood was the perfect venue to share the full Ford Performance line-up – from the new Fiesta ST200 and new ST-Line range, all the way up to the outstanding Focus RS and Ford GT race car fresh from Le Mans – with so many people who share Fords passion.
Our full photo album from the event can be found on our Facebook page. If you have any questions about any vehicle at Goodwood 2016 or from the existing or future new Ford car range, please contact your local TCH Ford dealership.