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On: Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 6:20PM | By: Chris Weiss

Goodwood Festival of Speed Eye Candy

The summer is quiet on the international auto show front, but that doesn't mean there aren't great car events to be had. One of the most exciting is the U.K.'s Goodwood Festival of Speed, the world's largest motoring garden party, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this summer. The roar of engines forcing aluminum and carbon fiber up the famous Hillclimb has officially quieted, but this year's Goodwood Festival left a lot of lasting memories, including a number of very interesting sports car debuts.

Porsche 918 Spyder
Porsche took this year's Goodwood Festival particularly seriously because this year marks the 50th anniversary of its iconic 911 sports car. It had a one-off 911-inspired sculpture displayed outside Goodwood House and raced a cavalcade of seven generations of 911s each day of the festival.

It may have been the 911's birthday, but the 918 took the cake. Porsche also used Goodwood for the public dynamic debut of its hybrid supercar. The $845,000 hybrid uses an 887-hp combination of dual electric motors and a 4.6-liter V8 racing-derived engine. It manages power from each element with five driving modes: E-Power (up to 18 miles on pure electric power), Hybrid, Sport Hybrid, Race Hybrid, and Hot Lap. It travels up to 211 mph, after hitting 62 mph in just 2.8 seconds.

Aston Martin
Goodwood and Porsche weren't the only ones with birthdays to celebrate this year. In fact, they're just babies compared to Aston Martin, which turns 100 in 2013. Perhaps the most interesting part of its festivities, the CC100 Speedster concept is a one-off racing roadster inspired by the Le Mans- and Nurburgring-winning 959DBR1 race cars. The 6.0-liter V12-powered speedster is crafted, inside and out, from carbon fiber. The car debuted at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring in May and made an appearance at Goodwood.

McLaren P1
We've already given the McLaren P1 plenty of ink, so we won't rehash the details. We'll just say that it drove Goodwood in all-black ninja style.

Jaguar Project 7
Aston Martin wasn't the only automaker celebrating its racing heritage with a one-off roadster concept. Jaguar debuted the Project 7 at this year's Goodwood event. Carrying just a single seat and a helmet holder in place of a passenger, the Project 7 was designed in honor of Jaguar's seven Le Mans wins in the 20th century. The racy roadster is based on the F-Type, and it uses a 550-hp version of the 5.0-liter supercharged V8 engine.

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