BAC beat its closest rivals Radical and Caterham in its class at the Goodwood FOS.
This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed was certainly one to remember. We saw over 9,000-hp worth of Bugattis gather on a lawn, the dynamic debut of the Porsche 911 GT2 RS, and a rare Ford RS200 crash into some hay bales. However, it’s easy to forget that the festival is also a competition with manufacturers competing to set the fastest time around the legendary hillclimb circuit. It’s split into several categories, but we're most interested in the Supercars and Race Cars for the Road.
Appropriately for a UK event, the fastest overall time was set by an independent car company based in England. Briggs Automotive Company snatched the overall victory with the mighty Mono, setting a blistering time of 49.54 seconds. BAC beat its rivals by some margin – the Caterham Seven 620R conquered the famous hillclimb in 50.01 while the Radical RXC Turbo did a lap in 50.83 seconds. “It was always going to be close between us and the Caterham and Radical, but I’m so happy with the run and it was fantastic to top the leaderboard by such a chunk,” said test driver Oliver Webb. “We pushed the Mono hard out there but it handled everything we threw at it and came home with a great time."
Hillclimb is a very challenging drive – there are lots of twists and turns, undulations and so much to think about – but the Mono is so nimble and agile that it handled it perfectly. We’re delighted with the result.” This is the fifth time BAC has entered the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but only the first time the it's been victorious. BAC also used this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed to showcase its first art car, designed to demonstrate the car’s sophisticated airflow. As for the Supercar time trial, the Audi R8 claimed the top spot with a time of 51.00 seconds, beating the Nissan GT-R and Porsche 911 Turbo S.