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by Brett Davis

Along with many other manufacturers releasing their cars to the public over the weekend, Ferrari debuted its 458 Italia and 599 GTO at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed as well. Crowds were also drawn to the unique Ferrari California on display that exhibited an extensive range of personalisation options including a two-tone paint scheme known as Argento Nurburgring (silver with a black roof), reminding everybody of the classic Ferrari berlinettas of the Fifties and Sixties.

It was on the hill climb though, that Ferrari showed its true pedigree. Even though the famous hill climb stint is not officially timed, the 458 Italia completed the 1.86km course in an astonishing 54 seconds, nearly three seconds quicker than most F1 cars from the Seventies. The California also marked an impressive time of 57 seconds. Unfortunately, the 599 GTO wasn’t timed.

Ferrari test driver Marc Gene also demonstrated the F60 single-seater from the 2009, F1 Championship, with a display of wonderful and committed driving, reaching speeds of 240km/h through the famous and notoriously dangerous Flint Wall section.




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