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Goodwood: Toyota Celica Beats Formula 1 Cars [w/ video]

Source: Toyota | Published: Wed Jul 06, 2011

Taking just 48.07 seconds to blast up the 1.16 mile driveway of Goodwood House, a 800-hp Toyota Celica was the fastest car overall at 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

To win the Celica had to beat many famous racing cars, including recent Formula 1 cars.

The car was driven and built by former British Rally Champion, Jonny Milner. Milner had narrowly missed out in previous years and returned in 2011 with an extra 100bhp to clinch the FTD (fastest time of the day) in front of a massive crowd swelled by the presence of stars such as F1 champion Lewis Hamilton.

Rising over 300 feet from the start line to the finish, the course is very technical and challenging, putting the skills of the world's very best drivers and riders to the ultimate test of concentration and speed.

A small mistake by former British Rally Champion Milner meant he narrowly missed winning the televised "shootout" on Sunday afternoon, but his time set earlier in the day was the fastest of all 200 cars over the prestigious three day event.

The engine is from a World Rally Championship winning Corolla, newly fitted with a Rotrex supercharger that will help raise maximum output to more than 800 hp. A nitrous oxide injection system helped reduce turbo-lag for quicker acceleration off the line. Super soft rallycross specification Michelin slick tires also played an important role in getting all that horsepower to the ground.

Technical Specifications: Sprint Series Toyota Celica GT4
Engine type WRC four-cylinder, 16-valve
Displacement 1,998 cc
Turbocharger Garrett GT35/42
Supercharger Rotrex, belt-driven
Engine management Motec
Compression ratio 9.7:1
Max. power (DIN hp @ rpm) 700 hp @ 5,700 rpm at 2 bar boost
>800 hp with nitrous oxide boost
Fuel tank capacity 15 l
Weight 2,315 lbs / 1,050 kg
Transmission Mactrack 5-speed manual with Fensport triple-plate clutch
Suspension Reiger Corolla WRC 3-way adjustable dampers
Brakes Front 343mm, rear 295mm Corolla WRC ventilated discs with Alcon callipers
Wheels 18 inch

Note: forward the video to 1:47 to see the Toyota Celica.

Toyota Celica at 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed Photo Gallery
Toyota Celica at 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed
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