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Okay, so it’s heavily modified. But nevertheless, a sixth generation Toyota Celica (1994-97 model years) set the fastest time on the climb to Goodwood House this past weekend, beating many other race cars, including recent Formula 1 machines.
Driven by former British Rally Champion Johnny Milner, the Celica covered the 1.6 mile course in just 48.07 seconds, quite a feat when you consider that the Goodwood Climb is technically complex and rather challenging, even for experienced drivers.
Milner actually missed winning the ‘televised’ shootout thanks to a minor error which cost him just a little too much time, nevertheless, earlier in the day, the time he set proved to be the fastest out of 200 cars that competed on the climb over the course of the weekend.
Milner’s mount tipped the scales at just 1,050 kg (2310 lbs) and boasts a set back driving position and a low center of gravity thanks to revised suspension mounts and fenderwells. Sitting on ultra soft compound rally cross spec Michelin rubber, the Celica racer is powered by WRC spec Corolla inline four that boasts both a supercharger and nitrous system. The little 2.0-liter twin cam cranks out around 800 hp, so getting all that power to the ground is no mean feat, especially for something based around a regular production car. Well done Johnny!
GALLERY: Toyota Celica Rally Car
This weekend, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Porsche will have on display a range of iconic cars that celebrate the firm’s innovative approach to both performance and motorsport.
The theme of this year’s event which is Racing Revolutions – Quantum leaps that shaped motorsport. Among the cars on display will be the Semper Vivius (always alive) an early gas/electric hybrid that Dr. Ferdinand Porsche built in 1900, plus the 1973 Porsche 917/30 Spyder racer, the company’s first turbocharged car; a 1200 hp Can Am monster that paved the way for the now legendary 930 Turbo.
Other cars being shipped over from the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart include the 1960 718 Formula 2 single seater (which won the F2 constructor’s cup that year) and 1986 all-wheel drive 961 turbo (a derivative of the 959 that competed in the 24 hours of Le Mans that year and finished 7th overall).
Of course modern stuff will also be represented, including the latest 500 hp 911 GT3 RS and a Turbo S version of the Panamera sedan.
Because this year’s Goodwood Festival also marks 60 years of Porsche in the United Kingdom, there will also be a variety of street versions on display including an early 911 and an example of it’s intended successor, the 928.
Other highlights including a Porsche test track, where folks are invited to take a spin in a Cayenne S, with instructors from the Porsche Experience Centre based at Silverstone, plus the ability to meet various celebrities, such as former factory team drivers, including 1970 Le Mans winner and Porsche test driver Richard Attwood.
This year’s even runs from June 30th to July 3. For more information, click on the link below:
[Source: Porsche Origin]