Goodwood and Randox launch Future Lab podcast exploring the new technologies shaping the world around us

Festival of Speed | Press Article 17/04/24

  • Series will focus on the stories of the people behind the innovations of the future, from 3D printed food to flying cars.

Goodwood today launches its Future Lab podcast brought to you by Randox and the Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard (8-11th July), home of the Future Lab live exhibition. The podcast, produced by the UK’s largest independent podcast and audio producer, Somethin’ Else, will spotlight the people tackling the biggest problems facing planet earth and pushing humanity to achieve things we’ve never seen before.

Hosted by Future Lab’s curator, Lucy Johnston, the weekly episodes will provide a unique insight into the new technologies and science that are about to shape the world in unimaginable ways, including flying cars, robots and 3D printed food. Guests will include astronaut Tim Peake, racing driver Lucas Di Grassi and the man who created a real-life jet suit, Richard Browning.

The first episode, which seeks to understand the magnetic draw of human flight, will be available on all podcast platforms and from 19th May 2021. Other episodes will cover topics including replacing the human driver, ocean research and conservation, Mars exploration, the future of food, health and extreme sports, and the story of SpaceX.

Commenting on the podcast’s launch, Future Lab curator, Lucy Johnston said: “The launch of the Future Lab podcast is an exciting first in the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s history and I’m thrilled to be hosting the series.

“While the Future Lab exhibition at the event in July will give visitors the chance to get up close and personal with some of the most innovative and exciting technologies on the horizon, this podcast will showcase the stories of the people behind them. The guests we have lined up are truly taking ideas from the pages of science fiction and bringing them to life before our eyes – giving us all a fascinating insight into how ground-breaking innovations become a reality.”

The podcast is available on all platforms from 19th May and


Editor’s Notes:

About Future Lab
With themes including space exploration, autonomous transport, robotics and personal flight, the Future Lab exhibit features some of the most innovative and forward-thinking visions of future technology.

Hosted at the Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard, the exhibition gives visitors the opportunity to get hands-on, view demonstrations and interact with the most exciting innovations and most monumental advancements in the field.

About the Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard
Staged every summer since 1993, the Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by MasterCard is the world’s largest automotive garden party; set against the spectacular backdrop of Goodwood House in West Sussex, UK. Over 600 cars and motorcycles spanning the phenomenal history of motoring and motorsport take part along with legendary figures from the automotive world. Highlights include FOS Future Lab, Forest Rally Stage, Michelin Supercar Paddock, Michelin Supercar Run, F1 paddock, Drivers’ Club, GAS Arena, Cartier Style et Luxe Concours d’Elegance, Aviation Exhibition and Bonhams Auction.

About Randox
Established in 1982, Randox is the largest healthcare diagnostics company from the UK and Ireland; undertaking research, development, manufacture and distribution of innovative laboratory tests and analysers. In 2020, Randox manufactured 4.2 billion tests and operated in 145 countries. With over 2,000 staff, including 450 research scientists and engineers, key facilities are located in Co Antrim, Co Donegal, London, Liverpool and Dublin.

Randox focuses on the provision of timely and accurate testing in order to identify risk to health, improve clinical diagnoses and promote preventative healthcare; aiming to achieve better healthcare outcomes whilst reducing the burden on clinical services. The company’s comprehensive portfolio includes tests for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and stroke.

Randox’s proprietary Biochip Technology allows many tests to be run simultaneously, greatly improving the diagnostic power available to clinicians. This innovation enables Randox Health Clinics in Liverpool, London and Northern Ireland to provide advanced health screening involving hundreds of diagnostic tests. Such health checks provide an extraordinary insight into a person’s current and future health.

In early 2020 Randox recognised the threat from COVID-19 and, based on almost 40 years of diagnostic experience, quickly developed a test to accurately identify the virus. Testing at scale commenced within weeks, to support the UK’s National Testing Programme and private clients. 

Through the enormous effort and commitment of its staff, Randox is subsequently operating at a capacity of 500,000 COVID-19 samples per day, making it the most productive laboratory in the UK and Ireland and amongst the very largest in Europe. Randox has the largest COVID testing logistics network in the UK and Ireland, with 23 Randox testing locations including clinics, travel centres and mobile laboratories, 200+ testing partners, and 80+ dropbox collection points.

In May 2021 Randox surpassed 13 million gold-standard PCR tests for the National Testing Programme, representing approximately 21% of all PCR tests executed in the UK.

Randox is clear that better diagnostics are unquestionably critical to future improvements within healthcare and is committed to remaining at the forefront of that field.  

About the producer
Somethin’ Else is the UK’s largest independent podcast and audio producer releasing its own podcasts as well as shows for the BBC, Netflix, Audible, Spotify and within their joint global content partnership with Sony Music Entertainment. Its hit shows include David Tennant Does A Podcast With..., The Sun King with David Dimbleby, Pride & Joy, How Did We Get Here?, Something Rhymes With Purple, The Immaculate Deception and Power: The Maxwells. In 2020, Somethin’ Else were awarded 'Best Network' at the British Podcast Awards, with two of their podcasts also winning top awards. As well as audio, Somethin’ Else also houses significant social media and TV teams producing content for clients such as the BBC, Sky, The BRIT Awards, The Economist and Red Bull.

About Mastercard (NYSE: MA),
Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. Our decency quotient, or DQ, drives our culture and everything we do inside and outside of our company. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.

Follow us on Twitter @MastercardUK and Instagram @MastercardUK.



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