Goodwood Historic

Art & history combine for the launch of Goodwood Festival of Speed

Every year the Goodwood Festival of Speed creates an impressive centrepiece for its Central Feature. 2014 is no exception and sees  Gerry Judah create an enormous sculpture to celebrate of 120 years of motorsport participation by Mercedes-Benz.

Goodwood Festival of Speed Central Feature launch

The sculpture soars 26 metres over Goodwood House, weighing 160 tonnes and measuring 90 metres in length. Two cars spanning 80 years form an integral part of the sculpture – a replica of the 1934 Mercedes-Benz W 25 Silver Arrow of the kind raced by Manfred von Brauchitsch to victory at the Nurburgring Nordschleife and a MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS F1 W04, the same chassis raced by Lewis Hamilton in 15 Grand Prix in 2013.

The unveiling was accompanied by a spectacular evening fireworks show and a fleet of Mercedes-Benz road and race cars making a dramatic run up the Goodwood Hill.

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Formula E

British racer Katherine Legge is the first female driver in new electric racing Formula E

British racer Katherine Legge has become the first female driver to be confirmed to race in the new all-electric FIA Formula E Championship after signing for the newly rebranded Amlin Aguri Formula E team.

1 British racer Katherine Legge has today signed for newly titled Amlin Aguri Formula E team becoming the first female driver for the new all electric FIA Formula E Championship

After rising through the junior single-seater ranks, in 2005 Legge competed in the Toyota Atlantic Championship winning the series opener at Long Beach and ending the season third overall. Later that year she made history by becoming the first woman to test a Formula 1 car since Sarah Fisher (2002) with Minardi. The following year she signed to drive in the 2006 Champ Car season and became the first woman to lead a lap in the series’ history. After a second year she switched to the DTM series enjoying seasons with Futurecom TME and Abt Sportsline. In 2012, Legge moved to the States to make her IndyCar debut, remaining in the US for a second season although this time competing in the American Le Mans Series.

“For me this is a really exciting opportunity”,  Legge commented . “The car is fantastic, it looks amazing and it will be very quick. Racing through the streets of the world’s leading cities will be an incredible experience and I think it’s a great chance to bring racing to the people. We will be driving in their cities on their streets.”

Formula E is the world’s first fully-electric race series designed to appeal to a new generation of motorsport fans, whilst accelerating the interest in electric vehicles and promoting sustainability. Competing entirely on city-centre circuits – with races in China, Malaysia, Uruguay, Argentina, US, Monaco, Germany and the UK – it uses cars capable of speeds in excess of 150mph (225kph). Its 10 teams feature some of the leading international names in motorsport including Alain Prost and Michael Andretti, along with high-profile environmental supporters including Sir Richard Branson.