The French automaker will debut something important in England.

Summer is right around the corner and for many car enthusiasts around the globe that means that it's almost time for the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

This year, Renault has decided to cross the English Channel in order to sponsor the event and to lift the veil off of what it calls a "big surprise." That is not a rumor and it is not a leak; it is the exact wording used by Renault in a press release.

What exactly the "big surprise" will be is up in the air at this point. We know that both the recently-unveiled Renault Alpine A110-50 and the all-electric ZOE will be displayed at Goodwood but neither of those can reasonably be called a big surprise.

Several possibilities are being tossed around the French auto industry. One of them is that Renault will reveal a second Alpine-badged concept that will be closer to production than the A110-50 that was unveiled a couple of weeks ago in Monaco. Some have even speculated that Renault will lift the sheet off of the much-awaited fourth-generation Clio at the British event.

More details about Renault's mysterious unveiling will be available in the days leading up to the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The massive international event will take place about 62 miles south of London, England, and it will open its doors to the general public on June 29th.