The 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed once again delivered on all counts: classic cars, retro cars, hybrid cars, fast cars, concept cars, supercars and just downright outrageously quick cars. And everything else in between. As we previewed here on the blog, Toyota had something in every category – from the beautiful 1968 2000GT and the classic Celica GT TA23 rally car to the latest Prius Plug-in Hybrid and GRMN Sports Hybrid II Concept. Not to mention Jonny Milner’s Sprint Series Celica – more on that later.
Here are just a few photos from across the four-day festival, which saw a record-breaking estimated 180,000 people head to the grounds of Goodwood House.
Now in its 19th year, the Festival of Speed is arguably the jewel of the British motoring calendar, regularly attended by such automotive luminaries as Sir Stirling Moss, Lewis Hamilton and Nigel Mansell. As well as all the action on the famous Goodwood Hill, spectators were even treated to an air display courtesy of the Red Arrows and a flypass by the last remaining airworthy Avro Vulcan ‘XH558’ bomber.
The real star of the show would turn out to be former British Rally Champion Jonny Milner with his Sprint Series Celica. Taking just 48.07 seconds to blast up the 1.16 mile driveway of Goodwood House, the 800bhp Toyota Celica (pictured below) was the fastest car of the event.
Milner had narrowly missed out on the top times in previous years and returned in 2011 with an extra 100bhp to clinch the FTD (fastest time of the day). Rising over 300ft from the start line to the finish, the course is very technical and challenging, putting the skills of the world’s very best drivers and riders to the ultimate test of concentration and speed. A small mistake meant Milner narrowly missed winning the televised “shootout” on Sunday afternoon, but his time set earlier in the day was the fastest of all 200 cars over the event.
Based on the sixth generation Celica, the car is super-lightweight, tipping the scales at just 1,050kg. For better weight distribution, the driver’s position has moved back 12 inches, and the car’s centre of gravity has been lowered by raising the wheel arches and upper suspension mounts. A flat floor and rear diffuser add a degree of ground effect.
The engine is from a World Rally Championship winning Corolla, newly fitted with a Rotrex supercharger that will help raise maximum output to more than 800bhp. A nitrous oxide injection system helped reduce turbo-lag for quicker acceleration off the line. Super soft rallycross specification Michelin slick tyres also played an important role in getting all that horsepower to the ground.
We look forward to seeing what Milner and his car are capable of producing next year. Until then, click here to check out all of our images from the 2011 Festival of Speed or hit this link for an insight into BTCC Avensis racer Frank Wrathall’s time at Goodwood.