At the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed, we witnessed a number of awesome cars, major debuts, and some crazy crashes. That’s what makes it an exciting event. But in the end, it’s all about performance where people compete for the fastest lap at the hill - hence, the event name.
In this event, there are two main categories namely: the Supercars and the smaller Race Cars for the Road. Beginning with the latter, for this year’s race, the Briggs Automotive Company (BAC) Mono took home the victory with an impressive 49.54-second lap time. The Caterham Seven 620R came in second with 50.01 seconds, while in third place with 50.83 seconds is the Radical RXC Turbo.
Oliver Webb was the test driver behind the wheels of the BAC Mono. He said in an interview that it will always be a close race between them, the Caterham and the Radical. At the same time, he was very happy to top the leaderboard this year. He also said that they pushed the Mono hard, but it reacted well and even finished with a great time.
This is BAC’s fifth appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, where it finally caught its first victory. The Liverpool-based company will be releasing a limited-edition T-shirt with a special stamp as a celebration of their win.
BAC co-founder and Director of Product Development, Neil Braggs was very proud with the victory and ecstatically said that “my heart was beating out of my chest as Oli crossed the line”.
Over the weekend, BAC also had a stand where three of their cars, including the Autodesk Art Car, and two Monos were on display. The Autodesk was there to demonstrate the movement of the car’s airflow, a mock of the Autodesk CFD simulation tool that was used during the development of the Mono.
Moving on to the Supercars category, it was the Audi R8 Coupe that championed the race with 51.00 seconds, beating the Nissan GT-R by 1.68 seconds with 52.68 seconds. In third place was the Porsche 911 Turbo S with 53.31 seconds.
The Lamborghini Aventador S came in fourth place, while number five is the Ford GT. Places sixth to tenth are as follows: Noble M600 Speedster, Rimac Concept S, Aston Martin Vulcan AMR Pro, Pagani Zonda 760RS and Aston Martin Vantage AMR Pro.
It was definitely a great event indeed. The exhilaration hasn’t ebbed a bit but we’re already looking forward to the next one. For now, let us congratulate the winners of this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed.