• Honda at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019

Honda at Goodwood Festival of Speed 2019

28 June 2019

This year, the Goodwood Festival of Speed runs from Thursday 4 July 2019 to Sunday 7 July 2019.  Here is Honda’s full plans, including the electrifying stand design, the exciting activations on stand and the dazzling array of two and four wheel machines on the famous hill climb.

Dave Hodgetts, managing director at Honda UK commented: “Honda has been a sponsor of the Goodwood Festival of Speed for over 20 years and we have continually brought something new for visitors to see over the years.  This year is no different as we now turn our attention to electrification and the arrival of the new Honda e next year.  Our stand this year is called Club EV – a destination for future thinking motoring enthusiasts that showcases the joy of going electric and focuses on our electrification journey, welcoming all visitors to the electric vehicle club!”

Stand design

Taking its cue from the face of the new Honda e, the front of the stand’s first floor, which faces the famous hill climb, will be a direct representation with two large circular windows representing the headlights.  This first floor will solely house the new Honda e Prototype, making Goodwood visitors the very first in the UK to see the car.

Stand design

Keeping the stand design simple 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.  Honda is keen to ensure all visitors get up close and personal with the car, so the first floor area will also have eight virtual reality headsets which will immerse visitors into the interior of the car.

Bringing to life Honda’s bold ambition to have 100% of European automotive powertrain sales electrified by 2025, 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 Goodwood. 

Stand activations

As always with Honda at Goodwood, it’s not just cars and bikes to look at – the stand features a host of interactive features to engage and excite.  The first is the wobble board, which puts to test Honda’s motto that difficult is worth doing. On average, the Honda team can only stay balanced on a wobble board for 63 seconds, so Honda is challenging visitors to see if they can do better. 

Alongside the 1972 Civic 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, which was at peak popularity in 1999, the same year as the Insight launched. 

Further exploring the hybrid electric theme, there will be an F1 themed racing wall alongside a couple of simulators where visitors can recreate the experience of driving an F1 car at Suzuka in Japan.

Two and four wheel machinery on the hill

F1 fans are in for an absolute treat with Honda specially bringing over from Japan the famed McLaren-Honda MP4/4.  Arguably one of the most successful F1 cars ever, the MP4/4 won, and took pole position in, 15 out of the 16 races in the 1988 season.  Alongside this iconic car, 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 which compete at the Isle of Man TT and in the British Superbike Championship.


McLaren Honda MP4/4 (1988)




Powered by a 1,500 cc V6 twin-turbo engine. This machine dominated the 1988 F1 series, winning 15 of 16 GPs. It set the record for number of GP wins in a season and won both the Constructor's and Driver's championships. Winner of the Belgian GP. Driver: No.12 Ayrton Senna

Engine: RA168E Liquid-cooled 4-st. 80°V-6 DOHC 4-valve Gear-train Twin-turbo
Displacement: 1,494cc
Maximum Power: Over 600PS/12,500rpm
Weight: 540kg

Honda RC142 (1959)



Honda competed with the RC142 in the Isle of Man TT Race, the most important Road Racing World Championship at the time. Honda won the manufacturer's team awards in this its first competition and established a foundation for participating in the Road Racing World Championships year after year. 6th at the 1959 Isle of Man TT Race. Rider: No.8 Naomi Taniguchi

Engine: Air-cooled 4-st. Twin DOHC 4-valve Bevel-gear-train
Displacement: 124cc
Maximum Power: Over 18PS/13,000rpm
Weight: 87kg

Honda NSR500 (1989)

Winner of the Manufacturers' and Riders' Championships in the 1989 500cc World Championship. For good drivability, applied matured engine.  First use of the rear fork “gull” swing arm for increased bank angle. Rider: No.1 Eddie Lawson

Engine: Liquid-cooled 2-st. V-4 Case-reed-valve
Displacement: 499cc
Maximum Power: Over 150PS
Weight: Under 122kg

Honda RC213V(2018)



Launched in 2012, according to having become 1,000cc displacement by regulation revision of MotoGP class. Won six constructors titles in seven years from the first year.

Engine: Liquid-cooled  4-st. DOHC 4-valve V-4
Displacement: 1,000cc
Maximum Power: Over 180kw
Weight: As per FIM Regulations


Takuma Sato

Date of Birth: January 28, 1977/Place of Birth: Tokyo

After Honda Suzuka Racing School Scholarship, raced in British F3 from 2000. Became first Japanese British F3 Champion in 2001. F1 debut with Jordan Grand Prix in 2002. Opts to join BAR in 2003. First year of deal is as third driver in the team. Full time return to F1 in 2004. Helped BAR finish as 2nd in the constructors' title race. During the course of the year, scored points at half of the 18 races, including a maiden podium in the United States GP at Indianapolis. Moved to the IndyCar Series in the USA in 2010. Took first pole position as Japanese in IndyCar on the Iowa Speedway oval. With Andretti Autosport in 2017, sensationally won the Indy 500 and became first Japanese winner.

Stuart Graham

Date of Birth: January 9, 1942/Place of Birth: UK

Raced from 1961 to 1970 on Honda racer. Competed in 500cc, 350cc and 250cc classes in 1966 and got 3 podium finishes. Also won Isle of Man TT Race and endurance race. Started racing in four wheel in 1973. Became British Touring Car Championship champion in 1974 and 1975.

Mick Doohan

Date of Birth: June 4, 1965/Place of Birth: Australia

Made Grand Prix debut for Honda on an 500cc motorcycle in 1989. Appeared to be on his way to winning his first world championship when he was seriously injured in a practice crash before the eighth round in 1992. Won his first 500cc World Championship in 1994. Winning five consecutive 500cc World Championships until 1998. Won total 54 races in Grand Prix. Second record holder after Giacomo Agostini. Raced 6 times in the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race. Paired with Wayne Gardner and won the 1991 Suzuka 8 Hours.

Tadayuki Okada

Date of Birth: February 13, 1967/Place of Birth: Ibaraki

Won total 4 races in Grand Prix and became Japanese record holder. Raced in Grand Prix 250cc class from 1993 to 1995 and was runner-up in the series in 1994. Stepped up to 500cc in 1996 and finished the season in 7th overall. In 1997 as a factory rider, claimed his first 500cc win and 8 podium finishes. Finished the season in second overall. Finished third in the championship with 3 victories in 1999, his fourth season in Grand Prix. Won the Suzuka 8 Hours endurance race in 1995, 1999 and 2012. Guiding and training the younger generation as SRS-Moto principal.

Honda’s F1 activity at Goodwood

Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 driver Alexander Albon 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.  

This running of the Honda e Prototype will be the ultimate showcase of the advanced technology of Honda’s electrified powertrain, in the hands of one of the most promising young drivers in Formula 1 today.