Watch An Autonomous 1965 Ford Mustang Climb The Historic Goodwood Hill


A 1965 Ford Mustang made history at this year’s Goodwood Festival Of Speed, becoming the first-ever road car to tackle the historic hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex, England.


The Mustang was one of two autonomous vehicles to tackle the hill climb for the first time, but was the only street-legal one to do so. The vehicle’s autonomous system was developed by Siemens AG, Europe’s largest industrial manufacturing company, along with automotive engineering experts from Cranfield University.


Siemens’ head of marketing communications, Lee Dryden, said the classic Mustang makes people wonder just what the future of the automotive industry holds.


“It’s the first time we have done anything like this and yes of course it is fun to do it for the Festival of Speed, but it also makes you think what cars might be like in the future,” he said. “Maybe there will be cars we can sleep in or watch a film in while they drive us to where we want to go. The Mustang raises those sorts of questions.”


Dryden said choosing the Mustang for the Goodwood Festival Of Speed project was an obvious choice.


“I just love the way the ’65 coupe looks, and the way the V8 roars. If you are going to  choose an iconic American car from the ‘60s, it’s the first thing that springs to mind,” he said.


The ‘65 Mustang used at the festival features the standard engine and three-speed transmission, capable of producing 200 horsepower from the 4.7L motor. On a sad note, the Mustang can’t drive anywhere else autonomously, Dryden said.


“It has been customised just to do the Goodwood Hillclimb. This isn’t the type of autonomous car that could find its way around a city,” he told Goodwood, adding that it can be driven just like any Mustang with the simple flick of a switch.


“The controls are like any Mustang. Just flick a switch and it can be driven like any car.”


The Festival Of Speed has developed into a historic and one-of-a-kind even where automakers are able to show off their latest creations in hill climbs at the grounds of the Goodwood House in West Sussex. The festival is described as the the motorsport world’s “ultimate summer garden party,” offering fans and manufacturers alike the opportunity to celebrate automobiles of past, present and future.


Watch the 1965 Ford Mustang climb the Goodwood hill below.


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