Hollywood actor Ewan McGregor has stopped by the Goodwood Motor Circuit this week to have a drive in the new McLaren MP4-12C. Ewan is perhaps best known for his roles as heroin addict Mark Renton in the drama Trainspotting (1996), Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999–2005), poet Christian in the musical film Moulin Rouge! (2001), and storyteller Edward Bloom in Tim Burton’s Big Fish (2003).
The Goodwood Circuit is an historic venue for both two- and four-wheeled motorsport in the United Kingdom. The 2.4 mile circuit is situated near Chichester, West Sussex, close to the south coast of England, on the estate of Goodwood House. The actor drove the MP4-12C, McLaren’s latest offering, at the track.
The MP4’s twin-turbocharged 3.8 liter 90-degree V8 engine will rev to 8500rpm, with its maximum 592bhp output arriving at 7000rpm. The peak 442lb-ft of torque is available from 3,000rpm, although 80 per cent is available between 2,000-6,500rpm.