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Koenigsegg at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed

The world’s biggest automotive garden party – that’s how the organisers of the Goodwood Festival of Speed like to frame the event.

Who are we to argue?

The English summer produced spectacular weather for the four days of this year’s Festival of Speed. Tens of thousands of people came through the gates every day to enjoy one of the most engaging events on the global automotive calendar.

This was the 25th Anniversary of the Festival of Speed and the former Lord March – now the Duke of Richmond – and his team must be congratulated for yet another sterling event. The Festival of Speed first disrupted, and then displaced all traditional motor shows in the UK, attracting multiple manufacturer debuts and offering personal vehicle experiences that few other events in the world can.

As has become tradition, the forecourt of Goodwood House featured a sculpture designed by Gerry Judah and featuring six full-size vehicles. The theme this year was 70 years of Porsche.

Koenigsegg’s factory involvement in this year’s show included three vehicles – two Agera FE models and one Regera.

Fresh from their debuts at the Ghost Squadron event in Germany one week earlier, the Koenigsegg Regera and Agera FE ‘Thor’ were both part of the Michelin Supercar grouping that completed two runs per day up the Goodwood hillclimb circuit. These two cars split the event, with Thor running Thursday and Friday, and the Regera running on the weekend.

Thor’s non-identical Final Edition twin, Väder, also made an appearance as part of a static display honoring the 25th Anniversary of the Festival of Speed.

They weren’t the only Koenigseggs involved in Goodwood 2018, however. The Agera RSN also drove the hillclimb as part of the Michelin Supercars group. In addition, a Koenigsegg CCR joined Väder on the field as part of the 25th Anniversary display and while it wasn’t seen by your writer, it’s understood that a CCXR Edition was also involved in another display.

Mention should also be made of the Agera ML making a cameo in the Supercar Paddock for an hour (before being asked to leave by the organisers as it was parked in a clearway required for emergency vehicles) and the Agera N, which spent the weekend parked outside.

The Hillclimb

Thor, Regera and the Agera RSN all participated in the hillclimb as part of the Michelin Supercars group. Thor and the Regera shared a single garage at the event, with Thor running Thursday and Friday and the Regera running Saturday and Sunday.

Thor was driven by Koenigsegg factory driver, Niklas Lilja, for all of its four runs over two days.

Thor’s owner was present at the event and was keen to see what the car could do. He joined Niklas in the car for the second run, which was captured via an in-car camera.

The Regera was driven by its owner on the first run, Youtube personality Mr JWW on the second run, and by Niklas Lilja on its third and fourth runs. No fast times were posted in the Regera as this was more of an experience event for the owner than a competitive outing.

The Agera RSN did the hillclimb all four days, driven by its owner.

All three Koenigseggs in the Michelin Supercar paddock featured on the Michelin stage at various times. Presentations were made to introduce each car to the gathered crowd, who were glued to every word. Our thanks to Fifth Gear’s Vicki Butler-Henderson for being such a gracious and enthusiastic host.

25th Anniversary Display

The second of the Final Edition vehicles – Väder – was joined by a green CCR on the Goodwood cricket ground as part of a static display to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Festival of Speed. There was one car on display for each year of the festival, with the CCR representing 2004 and the Agera FE representing 2018.

Our valet staff had a hard time keeping the cars clean as the field was so dry and dusty. The crowds didn’t seem to mind, however, and the cars attracted plenty of attention for the entire Festival.