There’s no point beating around the bush: Sebastien Loeb’s attempt at breaking the Goodwood Festival of Speed’s hillclimb record didn’t come off as planned. He was beaten not by anyone on the day, but by Adrian Newey.
It just had to be Adrian Newey. The Red Bull genius penned the designs for Formula One cars that gave world championships to countless drivers over the years, not least Sebastian Vettel’s four-straight victories from 2010-2013.
But he’s also the architect behind the car that holds the current hillclimb record at Goodwood. You see, this record still stands at an astonishing 41.6 seconds, set by Nick Heidfeld in a McLaren MP4-13. And, who designed the MP4-13? Adrian Newey.
It’ll probably stand for some time too, mostly because modern F1 cars are now banned from running up the hill competitively. Even McLaren later admitted the run should never have been allowed. The sheer speed of a modern F1 car beggars belief, and around the tight, narrow and twisty hillclimb course, makes for buttock-squeaking viewing. Seriously, if you’ve never seen Heidfeld’s run, click here and hold your breath. It’s insane.
So, ultimately, Sebastien Loeb’s attempt to usurp Heidfeld at the top of the board fell short, but it was still a quick time. In fact, there were many quick times set over the weekend, so click on for the top five fastest.