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World premiere and dynamic appearance of the BMW M Performance Parts Concept in Goodwood

M Performance Parts embody a sporty appearance and further enhanced driving dynamics. The new BMW M Performance Parts Concept based on the BMW M2 provides an even more marked shift in athletic flair towards motor racing style by means of a consistent weight reduction of more than 60 kilograms combined with optimized aerodynamics.

The BMW M Performance Parts Concept is aptly presented in the exterior paint finish Frozen Black with M Performance wrapping in gold for accentuations and inscriptions. In the interior, Alcantara and carbon fiber further emphasize the sense of exclusivity, along with additional gold accentuations.

BMW M GmbH was closely involved in creating this more emphatic design, contributing its racing expertise to the development of all M Performance Parts. The BMW M Performance Parts Concept sees its world premiere on 12 July in Goodwood (UK).

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In addition to M Performance Parts that are already available, the BMW M Performance Parts Concept offers exclusive concept features. The result is a lower vehicle weight and therefore further optimized driving dynamics – and this applies on the race track, too. The overall effect is achieved by a range of individual measures – the use of carbon fiber has a particularly important role to play. This high-tech material is extremely stable but much lighter than standard components. With its unique appeal, it also ensures an exceptional appearance.

An eye-catching rear is provided by the M Performance carbon fiber tailgate (expected to be available from 11/2018): it weighs five kilograms less than the standard part. The M Performance carbon fiber rear diffuser (available) reduces the car’s weight by 0.5 kilograms and also optimizes aerodynamics; in the Concept it bears a gold accentuation.

To match the exterior body finish, the springs of the M Performance suspension in the Concept are finished in black, as are the calipers of the 18-inch brakes. An additional weight reduction of 14 kilograms is achieved by the use of a lighter BMW battery.

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Goodwood Festival of Speed 2018 in pictures

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Goodwood Festival of Speed is probably the best motor event any person can attend, this year it was held from July 12 till July 15th at Goodwood – England.

The main event was about Porsche celebrating its 70th anniversary and off-course the usual Michelin Super Car Zone.

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Goodwood is an event where you get the chance to see motorsport legends, classic cars, Super Cars, Muscle Cars, Drift Cars, Formula one, Nascars, Hypercars, Luxury Cars, Supersport Cars, SUV, Classic Formula One, DTM, Rally Cars, Motorbikes, Top Fuel Cars, and bikes…

Have you ever imagined an event where you see a Formula one Car races against a Nascar or against motorbikes, did you ever imagine that you will see a Rolls Royce Phantom Racing on a hill climb race and what about a Range Rover Sport on two-wheels? well, Goodwood is all about that and more.

here are more than 100 photos to bring you closer to the event with almost every car that hit the Goodwood hills.

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Onboard VIDEO: RECORD-BREAKING RUN OF THE I.D. R PIKES PEAK

Volkswagen made motorsport history at the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on 24 June. At the wheel of the 500-kW (680-PS), fully-electric I.D. R Pikes Peak, Romain Dumas (F) defeated cars powered by conventional drivetrain technology. The 40-year-old’s time of 7:57.148 minutes, not only smashed the previous record for electric cars, but also bettered the all-time record set in 2013 by Sébastien Loeb (F) – by fully 16.730 seconds.

To assist you with your continued coverage, we are pleased to be able to provide a video, which shows Dumas’ record-breaking run from several previously unpublished perspectives, including onboard footage from the cockpit of the I.D. R Pikes Peak.

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FIRST-EVER DRIVERLESS RACE CAR SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES ICONIC GOODWOOD HILLCLIMB

Roborace’s Robocar became the first ever driverless race car to complete the Hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, presented by Mastercard.

The run is the first in the history of Goodwood to be completed by a race car that has no human driver in the car – a huge milestone moment for the Festival, which this year is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Visitors to Goodwood over the weekend got the chance to see the feat first-hand again, as Robocar attempted the Hillclimb.

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The electric race car wowed the crowds as it took to the Hillclimb, using a variety of sensors located around the vehicle to give it 360-degree vision of its environment.  The information provided by these sensors gives Robocar the ability to localize its position on the hill and detect drivable surfaces and objects using deep neural networks. The race car’s speed was limited to 120kph to allow visitors to get a good look at the car on its way up the Hill.

“We are ecstatic that the team have been able to achieve this landmark run and we hope that it draws attention to the amazing advances that are being made in the automotive industry,” said Rod Chong, Deputy CEO of Roborace. “Robocar is an ambassador for the future technologies we will see on our roads and we hope that inspirational stunts like this will change public perceptions of autonomous vehicles.”

“It is an enormous achievement for a race car to complete the very first run of the hill using only artificial intelligence,” said Charles Gordon-Lennox, the Duke of Richmond and Founder of the Festival of Speed. “Roborace has worked incredibly hard in order to pull this off and we are excited for the public to see them in action over the Festival weekend.”

Visitors to the Festival also experienced this historical run from the perspective of Robocar in the FoS Future Lab – an exciting technology showcase located in a pavilion on the Goodwood law. Inside the exhibition, Roborace is offering visitors the chance to try out a fully immersive VR simulator, in conjunction with HTC VIVE and DBOX.

Robocar, the world’s first autonomous race car, was designed by Daniel Simon, the automotive futurist known for his work in Hollywood films such asOblivion and Tron: Legacy.

The vehicle weighs 1,350 kg and is powered by four 135kW electric motors used to drive each wheel, for a combined 500-plus hp. An NVIDIA DRIVE PX2 computer processes Robocar’s data, which includes inputs from the LiDar, radar, GPS, ultrasonic, and camera sensors.

Roborace provides the car with an API as a platform for teams who then add their AI driver algorithm to the vehicle.  Development of the automated driving system for the Robocar at Goodwood was led by ARRIVAL, the automotive technology company.

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2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed: Lamborghini lines up new Super SUV Urus and Super Sports Cars, including Centenario Roadster

The Lamborghini Urus Super SUV will make its public UK dynamic debut at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Displayed at the Lamborghini village alongside the new Lamborghini Performante Spyder – the convertible version of the record-breaking coupé – the Urus will also run ‘up the hill’.

Lamborghini super sports cars making the hill climb include the Centenario Roadster: one of a limited edition of 20 produced together with 20 coupés. With a start price of two million euros, the Centenario was created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Ferruccio Lamborghini’s birthday, and all sold prior to launch.

The Centenario is joined in the supercar paddock by the Huracán Performante and Spyder, as well as the Aventador S Coupé and Roadster.

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“Goodwood Festival of Speed marks the arrival of the Lamborghini Urus Super SUV in the UK, with the first cars about to be delivered to customers,” said Andrea Baldi, CEO Lamborghini EMEA. “The line-up of the Urus Super SUV as well as our V12 and V10 super sports cars means that fans of Lamborghini are promised a resounding display of iconic design and performance as each car runs up the Goodwood hill.”

Automobili Lamborghini announced record worldwide deliveries to customers last year of 3,815 cars across its Aventador and Huracán ranges. More than 350 cars were delivered in the UK during 2017, which was the third largest market for Lamborghini.

The Urus, first unveiled in December 2017 and officially launched earlier this year, features a 4.0 litre V8 twin-turbo engine delivering 650 hp. The Urus accelerates from 0 to 62 mph in 3.6 seconds and, with a top speed of 190 mph, is the fastest SUV available.

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