Toyota Celica shines at Goodwood hill climb
Monday 04 July 2011
A heavily modified Toyota Celica has taken the title of the fastest car at Goodwood.
The model took first place at the famous hill climb at the event, which ran June 30 - July 3 in the UK, blasting up the 1.86 kilometer course in just 48.07 seconds.
That put it ahead of every other vehicle in the competition, including a Maserati MC12 (50.99 seconds), a Lotus Cosworth 88B (51.84 scones) and a Brabham Cosworth BT42 (52.03 seconds).
The car was driven and built by former rally champion Jonny Milner, who managed to coax 800bhp out of the model with extensive improvements including an engine from a World Rally Championship-winning Corolla fitted with a Rotrex supercharger.
It was also stripped down to just 1,050 kilograms and optimized, with the driver's position being moved back by 12 inches and the wheel arches/suspension mounts raised, for better weight distribution.
Other notable vehicles completing the hillclimb at the weekend's event included the Aston Martin V12 Zagato (62.30 seconds), the electric Nissan Leaf NISMO (71.85 seconds) and the Tesla ROC Roadster Sport (58.77 seconds).
See the full results at http://www.goodwood.co.uk/festival-of-speed/2011-timed-results.aspx
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