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