The 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed is in the books and it was nothing short of spectacular. Just like the years before it, there was a long list of amazing cars from the past, present, and future. Of the many events that take place during this prestigious event, none are more exciting than the hill climb run that sprints up Lord March’s driveway. There are hundreds of cars that make the run up the hill, some of which are just exhibition runs to allow the onlookers to see the cars like Mad Mike Whiddet’s ‘RADBUL‘ Miata in action. But there are also timed runs to allow car manufacturers and racing drivers the chance to see how they stack up against the competition. They separate the vehicles into two groups, modern supercars and full blown race cars. Since the race cars vary every year, I wanted to focus more on the modern supercars since they are more likely to be seen out in the real world. These are the 5 fastest cars that ran the hill this year, and I think you might be surprised as to which one ended up being the fastest. Especially when you learn that supercars like the Rimac Concept One, AMR Pro Vulcan, and AMR Pro Vantage didn’t make the cut
#5 Ford GT – 54.54 seconds
Coming in at number five is the 2017 Ford GT which is technically the second generation, although one could argue it’s the third if you include the original GT40. The 2017 GT is the most expensive Ford ever sold with a price tag over $400,000, and even still they had so many interested buyers that they had to come up with this ridiculous application program in order to determine who was worthy of owning one. It only takes one look at the car to understand what all the hype was about. It’s drop dead gorgeous. And it’s obviously no slouch in the performance department either. That’s because providing the oomph for this streamlined machine is the 3.5L Ecoboost V6, the same one that powers the Gen II Raptor. Only the one in the GT is tuned to put out 647hp.
#4 Lamborghini Aventador S – 54.44 seconds
Beating out the Ford GT by only hair is the Lamborghini Avendator S, a car I happen to be quite fond of. It’s a slightly revamped version of the standard Aventador that’s been given a few cosmetic upgrades as well as a few other goodies that help distinguish it from the standard model. It does come with the same 6.5L V12 that Lamborghini’s used for some time now, only it’s been tuned to produce an additional 40hp which brings the total up to 740. What surely played a huge part in the Aventador S pulling down such a lightning fast lap time is the new Dynamic Steering system combined with a Rear-wheel steering that helps keep the car planted and moving in the right direction.
#3 Porsche 911 Turbo S – 53.31 seconds
It should come as no surprise to see a Porsche 911 in the top 5, especially these newer models.The car that put down the third fastest time in the Supercar Shootout was the new Exclusive Series 911 Turbo S. Only 500 examples of this particular car will be made and it’ll feature the same twin turbo 3.8L flat six that’ll come in the standard Turbo S, only this “Exclusive Series” will get an additional 17hp. That doesn’t correlate to much in the overall performance of the car with exception of one category, 0-124mph. It apparently shaves three-tenths of the time, bringing it down to 9.6 seconds.
#2 Nissan GTR- 52.68 seconds
It doesn’t seem like it was that long ago that the Nissan GTR was the hot topic in motorsports. But here where are almost a decade later and there hasn’t been that much changed with the GTR platform. With that being said, it did make what I feel is a triumphant return to the limelight by laying down the second fastest time of Lord March’s driveway. Turns out Godzilla isn’t dead after all. I could be mistaken, but I believe it was the NISMO GTR that ended up laying down the 52-second run, although it’s possible it was just the standard version. Assuming it was the more track focused NISMO package, it had the same twin-turbo 3.8L V6 that produces 600hp and 481lb-ft of torque. Even though it’s reaching the end of its production run, it’s still one of the cars that use the most technology to provide its driving experience, which is either a good or bad thing depending on how you use it. Most cases it’s fantastic because it magically calculates what wheel to send power to and how much that equates to some ridiculously fast acceleration times.
#1 Audi R8 V10 Plus 51.00 seconds
Last, but most definitely not least, we come to the fastest modern supercar to participate in the time event. And it’s one that we know to be extremely quick in the straight line but yet did not expect it to blow the doors off the competition like it did. Somehow this particular R8 was willed up the hill in just 51 seconds flat, a full second and a half quicker than the GTR in second place. And on a run that only lasts 51 seconds, to finish by such a large margin is a spectacular achievement and just goes to show how great of a car the R8 really is. It has the nearly bulletproof 5.2L V10, which is naturally aspirated and because it’s the V10 Plus model, it produces 610hp. It used every inch of the road and was able to run on the ragged edge thanks to the reliable Quattro all-wheel drive system. This isn’t the fist time the R8 has surprised everyone by coming out on top in the end, it destroyed everything in its path during the Worlds Greatest Drag Race 6, as well as a few other supercar comparison tests. May it’s finally time that the old R8 starts getting the credit it deserves.