It’s one of the most glamorous events in the motorsport calendar – and this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed was no exception.
The sun shone as we welcomed old and new faces alike to our stand to check out some very exciting developments.
As befitted this year’s theme of Speed Kings: Motorsport’s Record Breakers, we unveiled our Baja racing spec chassis, seen for the first time on British soil.
Developed in California by supercar creator Lucra, the Twisted x Lucra chassis packs a punch with a 6.2L GM Gen V LT4 supercharged, direct injection 650bhp engine.
Despite being devised in the US, the creative talent behind the driveline came from right here in Yorkshire – as Lucra was founded by Whitby-born Luke Richards.
The chassis is designed to accept all derivatives of the 90, 110 or 130 and is the first step towards us creating a vehicle from scratch; one that retains the classic look yet provides incredible performance both on and off the road.
As we take the Chassis back to North Yorkshire our intention is to bolt a Defender body on and have a drive away vehicle that looks no different to your everyday model. But when driving, it’s a whole lot different.
In the coming months, more information will be released on dates and prices but in these very early stages, development is still well and truly underway.
The Goodwood faithful also caught the first glimpse of our Lightweight build, one of ten we are creating in homage to the original as part of the Remake History collection.
First produced for the British Army between 1968-1984, the military Lightweight is finished in metallic Willow Green and includes original design features such as a canvas roof, low-backed classic seating, half-height doors and a fold-down windscreen.
All ten Lightweight models are part of Remake History, our delivery mileage Defender stock purchased when Jaguar Land Rover ceased production in January 2016.
Subtle yet stunning
Also catching the eye at FoS was our V8 90, built especially for the show. In Santorini black, the exterior changes are subtle while this custom build boasts an LS3 Corvette engine as well as another exciting new option – our rear seat air conditioning.
Around 600 hours in the making, the centre console has been redesigned to accommodate the second-row air con, with customers in the UAE being the first to enjoy the new system.
Completing the quartet of vehicles on show was the white Stage One V8 concept that wowed visitors to the Geneva International Motor Show earlier this year.
Inevitably, much attention is lavished on the famous hill climb; however, we were delighted with the number of visitors who took a short detour to check out our vehicles and chat to us.
Until next time – It was great to see new and old faces!