These cars recorded the fastest times at the Goodwood Hillclimb
Called “the greatest celebration of motorsport and motor culture,” the very first Goodwood Festival of Speed was the idea of Lord March, who brought motor racing back to the Goodwood estate in 1993. What began as a small event with only a few guests the participants ultimately turned out to be a success. Today, 30 years later, it has grown into one of the largest historic racing events in the world, attended by racing legends as well as other motorsport personalities, and attracting nearly 150,000 spectators through year.
The four-day event consists of several features and attractions that celebrate the best of motorsport’s rich history, with a mix of vintage racing machines, supercars and even soapboxes. However, the main attraction has to be the famous Hill Climb Shootout which takes place on a Sunday, where cars from the past and present compete to set a lap record in the 1.16 mile long stage. That being said, here are a few cars over the years that have made the most meteoric times on the ascent of Goodwood Hill.
Volkswagen ID.R – 39.9 seconds
The Volkswagen ID.R is a reminder that speed machines will survive long after internal combustion engines were extinguished, as its devastating electric speed was enough to set the fastest time on Goodwood Hill and break a 20-year record. .
Prior to the 2019 record, the ID.R had already set the third fastest time in 2018 while running the Pikes Peak setup, but it was Romain Dumas and the revised 2019 setup that ultimately placed the VW ID.R at the top of the ranking. listing.
McLaren MP4-13 – 41.60 seconds
Fresh out of Mika Häkkinen’s championship in 1998, then-McLaren test driver Nick Heidfeld took the winning McLaren-Mercedes MP4-13 to Goodwood and set a record 41.60 seconds through 2019 .
It was a very rare occasion for a current F1 car to be used and driven angrily on Goodwood Hill, as future festivals no longer allowed Formula 1 cars to run official timed races for safety reasons. . Instead, the following events only allow F1 cars to perform demonstration laps.
Gould GR51 – 42.90 seconds
Gould Racing is a British motorsport company specializing in the construction of specially designed hill climb machines.
The GR51 was powered by a 2.8-liter Opel Cosworth V6 engine derived from the DTM, and in 2003 the car completed a lap of 42.9 seconds while being driven by British hill climb champion Graeme Wight Jr.
Jaguar XJR8 / 9 – 44.19 seconds
Famously victorious at Le Mans in 1988, the Class C Jaguar XJR8 / 9 was a V12-powered monster, and it was in 2009 that Justin Law set a lap time of 44.19 seconds to place fourth overall. the temperature.
It was one of those racing cars at the time that was lucky enough to complete the Circuit de la Sarthe without any fuss on the Mulsanne straight, and Tom Walkinshaw Racing designed the car with such low drag that it could reach 250 mph.
NIO EP9 – 44.32 seconds
Introducing Goodwood’s second fastest electric car and the fastest production electric car to get around the historic hillclimb stage – the NIO EP9.
Peter Dumbreck clocked a lap time of 44.32 seconds with the Chinese electric supercar, which impressed on its European debut after also setting an all-electric production lap record on the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit.
Williams-Cosworth FW07B – 44.58 seconds
Basically, the Williams-Cosworth FW07B was Grove’s first car to win a Formula 1 crown in 1980, with the team winning the constructors ‘title and the drivers’ title with Alan Jones.
28 years later, the FW07B was once again driven in anger by Anthony Reid in the Goodwood Hill Climb, and showed that she had lost none of her speed by setting a lap time of 44.58 seconds , which at the time, was good enough for the third fastest on the overall time-list.
Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak – 44.60 seconds
The Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak Edition achieved the fastest race ever by an internal combustion engine car at the famous Pikes Peak Hill Climb in 2013 thanks to Sébastien Loeb, the most successful WRC driver of all time. time.
To celebrate the car’s incredible feat, Peugeot also raced the car in the Goodwood Hill Climb, with Loeb returning to drive the car in 2014. The 875 hp, 875 kg (1,929 lb) car was able to establish a lap time of 44.60 seconds, which is just three seconds short of Nick Heidfeld’s record in the McLaren MP4-13 F1 car.
Leyton House-Judd CG901B – 44.64 seconds
The Leyton House CG901B was one of the first F1 cars designed by Adrian Newey and was driven on the podium by Ivan Capelli in the 1990 Formula 1 season. It was powered by a 3.5 liter Judd V8 engine. and was mated to a March 6-speed manual transmission.
Gary Ward put the CG901B to the test and clocked a lap time of 44.64 in the Goodwood Hillclimb in 2009.
Volkswagen’s ID R won the Pikes Peak hill climb and thus broke the record for the fastest hill climb.
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