We sadly don’t have Goodwood Festival of Speed this year for obvious reasons but what the Goodwood Estate has done is provide us enthusiasts with plenty to talk about and experience with Goodwood SpeedWeek, albeit through Youtube, and two of those talking points are the McLaren Elva Gulf Theme by MSO and the run up the hill by the Lotus Evija.
The McLaren Elva is a car that wealthy owners who have a dislike for windscreens can get in and go for broke. It may suck air through clever passages to avoid the cockpit area but it’s not going to stop stones and bugs from flying into your mouth or eyes unfortunately. Helmet it is then!
Still, it’s an incredible looking thing reminiscent of the McLaren Can-Am racers of old thanks to McLaren Special Operations putting their stamp on it. And it’s officially a Gulf approved job too with McLaren and the oil manufacturer renewing their partnership, and customers wanting the Gulf livery on their car can also make it happen through MSO.
Lotus meanwhile are getting closer to production of their electric hypercar, the Evija. They took the Evija up the famous Goodwood estate road with none other than Lord March (Charlie, 25, son of the event host, the Duke of Richmond) in the passenger seat who was suitably impressed. Who wouldn’t be in a car that claims 2,000 PS and 0-100 kph in under 3 seconds.