Taking just 48.07 seconds to blast up the 1.6 mile driveway of Goodwood House, a 800bhp Toyota Celica was the fastest car overall at Goodwood Festival of Speed, 2011.
That put it ahead of every other vehicle in the competition, including a Maserati MC12 (50.99 seconds), a Lotus Cosworth 88B (51.84 scones) and a Brabham Cosworth BT42 (52.03 seconds).
Naturally, this is no ordinary Celica; the vehicle is super-lightweight, with what mass is left being redistributed to enable it to accelerate quickly through corners, complemented by a flat floor and a rear diffuser. 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.
Power comes from an engine taken from a World Rally Championship winning Corolla, newly fitted with a Rotrex supercharger. A nitrous oxide injection system helped reduce turbo-lag.
Super soft rallycross specification Michelin slick tyres also played an important role in getting all that horsepower to the ground.
Engine type Corolla WRC four-cylinder, 16-valve
Displacement (cc) 1,998
Turbocharger Garrett GT35/42
Supercharger Rotrex, belt-driven
Engine management Motec
Compression ratio 9.7:1
Max. power (DIN hp @ rpm) 700 @ 5,700 at 2bar boost
>800 with nitrous oxide boost
Fuel tank capacity (l) 15
Weight (kg) 1,050
Transmission Mactrack 5-speed manual with Fensport triple-plate clutch
Suspension (front & rear) Reiger Corolla WRC 3-way adjustable dampers,
Brakes Front 343mm and rear 295mm Corolla WRC ventilated discs with Alcon callipers