Goodwood’s Green Makeover — The Green Lane

By Jeremy Taylor

8 months ago

Goodwood is making moves in the green lane

Motorsport has never been ‘green’, but Goodwood is leading the way. Motoring editor Jeremy Taylor and sustainable fashion expert Jessica Saunders look forward to racing in 2024.

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JS – Are you suggesting the next Goodwood Festival of Speed will be awash with battery-powered cars?

JT – Not exactly! All those petrolheads would be asking for their money back.

You’d better explain. I suspect a lot of people who live next to the Goodwood estate might approve, though.

The Duke of Richmond, never one to shy away from good publicity, has decided to run the Festival of Speed’s sister event on a greener type of fuel.

You mean the Goodwood Revival next September? That’s mostly environmentally unfriendly classic cars, isn’t it?


Correct, but races at the 2024 revival will require competitors to use a fuel which has a minimum of 70 percent ‘advanced sustainable components’.

Sounds like a step in the right direction, but won’t that harm all those high-revving classic combustion engines?

Apparently, it’s a drop-in fuel, which means no modification is required to the car engines – and, more importantly for competitors and fans, there is no dip in performance either.

Is this a first at Goodwood?

No, they trialled it this year in the sustainably-fuelled Fordwater Trophy. Now the idea is being rolled out for 2024.

Any other benefits?

What’s exciting about this fuel is that it will guarantee the future of historic racing, enabling people to enjoy racing in combustion-engined cars for years to come.


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The Goodwood Revival runs from 6–8 September 2024.

Jessica Saunders is Director of Programmes at London College of Fashion, studying for a PhD in sustainable e-textile design.