Ferrari Scuderia Spider 16M completes Goodwood Hillclimb in 59 seconds


While 59 seconds may be fast, modern F1 cars can complete the course in around 40 seconds

While 59 seconds may be fast, modern F1 cars can complete the course in around 40 seconds

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Ferrari showcased three of its latest supercars in the Sunday Times Supercar Runs at this past weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed (FoS), with cars like the new California, 599 GTB Fiorano HGTE and the limited edition Scuderia Spider 16M all making an appearance. To the appreciation of packed crowds, the cars weren't just there for show as all three tackled the event's famous 1.16 mile Hillclimb.

The Hillclimb is a principal attraction of the FoS. Cars race along a tree-lined avenue and turn to pass in front of Goodwood House, before climbing a steep and narrow estate road past flint walls and dense woodland groves, heading towards Goodwood's equine racecourse. One of the fastest cars of this year's event was the Scuderia Spider 16M, which completed the course in an incredible time of 59 seconds.

The official record for the hillclimb was set in 1999 when Nick Heidfeld drove a McLaren MP4/13 F1 car up the hill in 41.6 seconds. For safety reasons F1 cars are no longer allowed to do official timed runs, and will often focus on demonstrations that are spectacular rather than fast. In 2006 Heikki Kovalainen completed the course in a Renault R25 F1 car and was unofficially timed below 40 seconds.

 
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