Honda UK has revealed its plans for the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed, including mesmerizing stand design, the activations and interactivity on stand and the array of vehicles on the famous hill climb.
Reflecting the face of the new Honda e, the front of the stand’s first floor, will be a direct representation with two large circular windows representing the headlights. This first floor will house the new Honda e Prototype, making Goodwood visitors the very first in the UK to see the car. Simplifying the stand to reflect the car’s ethos, the ground floor will showcase Honda’s electrification journey before visitors head upstairs to the first floor to see the new Honda e Prototype in the Club EV lounge. Visitors will be getting up close and personal with the car, so the first floor area will be equipped with VR headsets which will immerse them into the interior of the car. Visitors will enter the stand between two CR-V hybrids before journeying from 1972 to 2019. Visitors will take in the 1972 Civic; then the 1999 Insight, where Honda’s hybrid journey started 20 years ago; and finally the pinnacle of Honda’s hybrid technology, the 2019 NSX, which makes its UK debut at the Festival.
Bringing a shot of motorsport to the stand’s electrified theme will be the Mugen Shinden hachi, a battery-powered zero emissions racing motorcycle. Designed and engineered for the TT Zero Class entry at the Isle of Man TT, the Shinden has claimed six victories, thirteen podium-finishes and set four course records since 2012. The 2019 Isle of Man TT saw Shinden’s latest triumph; lapping the 37.73-mile road course at a record average speed of 121.9mph.
As for interactivity and friendly competition Honda will be setting up challenges reflective of their ethos. The first is the wobble board which Honda challenges you to remain on for longer than the 63 second average set by the Honda team themselves. Alongside the 1972 Civic and driving home the nostalgia are classic games from the 1970s, Space Invaders and Asteroids and opposite the Insight is a game to relive the TV show Who Wants to be a Millionaire.
A treat for the F1 fans in the form of the McLaren-Honda MP4/4 will be making an appearance. Alongside arguably one of the most successful F1 cars ever, Honda drivers will be piloting the new Honda e Prototype and the NSX up the famous hillclimb over the course of the four day event.
To celebrate 60 years of Honda racing, five motorcycles will take to Goodwood’s famous hill, the earliest of which will be the 1959 RC142. Two championship-winning motorcycles in the shape of Marc Márquez’s 2018 RC213V and the 1989 NSR500 are set to follow, with five-time 500cc World Champion Mick Doohan riding the latter. Bringing proceedings on the hill up to date will be a pair of 2019 Honda Racing CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2s.
Alexander Albon of F1 fame will be in attendance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed as a special guest of Honda. Alex will pilot the Honda e Prototype in the famous hillclimb on Sunday 7th July. This one-off exclusive drive will take place in the first-glance batch at 10:45am.