As automotive enthusiasts, there are few things that incite our pulse to race quite like the roar of an engine or the surge of acceleration as rubber spins to propel you down road. If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you share this sentiment and perhaps, like me, you have been following the Goodwood Road & Racing YouTube Channel’s coverage of the 2023 Festival of Speed. Recently, they released a thrilling video highlighting the fastest ten cars of the Hill Climb Time Shootout.
Clocking in at the number ten spot, we find the distinctive roar of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport. This high-performance machine, with its 700 horsepower of pure adrenaline, wowed the crowd with its sprint.
Sliding into the ninth position with all the performance expected of its pedigree was the Ferrari 488 Challenge race car. With the iconic Prancing Horse emblem emblazoned on its bodywork, this high-octane marvel proved to be a force to be reckoned with on the Goodwood Hill.
A sight to behold at the number eight spot was the indomitable Ford Puma WRC rally car. Its rally heritage shone through with a showcase of speed, control, and agility, and was right at home on the tight track of the Hill Climb.
Seven belongs to the all-electric powerhouse, the Rimac Nevera. A marvel of the electric era, it paced up the course, demonstrating the exciting potential of electric power in the race for speed and actually set a new record during its run.
Securing a formidable sixth place, the Dodge Viper GTS-R came to life with its signature growl. This American icon, with its beastly V10 engine echoing through the Goodwood Estate, served up a platter of Detroit power. The Dodge Viper will always hold a special place in my heart.
Halfway through the list, the Calsonic Nissan GT-R R32 took the fifth place with a compelling run. It carried on the legacy of the GT-R series, etching its name in the annals of the Time Shootout.
At the fourth position, we saw another Porsche, the 911 GT3 Cup. As a track-focused thoroughbred, it lived up to expectations, demonstrating the art of speed and control through its impressive run.
The podium begins with a blast from the past: the McLaren M26. This F1 legend, with its evocative lines and indomitable spirit, showed it still had what it took to thrill, clocking a sensational time.
The runner-up was the quirky yet impressively rapid Subaru GL Family Huckster. This unexpected speedster demonstrated how left-field engineering and audacious driving can shake up the status quo. Hey Subaru, would you mind making a production version of this thing?
Finally, the top spot was conquered by the McLaren Solus GT. As it blazed through the course, it was a testament to McLaren’s enduring commitment to innovation and the pursuit of speed. Its blistering time was a breathtaking climax to an exhilarating event.
The 2023 Festival of Speed has once again shown us that the quest for speed is as varied as it is exciting. From electric hypercars to classic racing legends, this is a celebration of all that is fast, loud, and thrilling. We look forward to the next hill climb and until then, we’ll be replaying that fantastic Goodwood Road & Racing video and remembering why we love this pastime so very much.