McMurtry Speirling BREAKS Goodwood Hillclimb Record

There’s a new Goodwood Hill RECORD. After 23 years Nick Heidfeld’s Timed Shootout record in the McLaren MP4/13 has been broken. F1 and IndyCar star Max Chilton’s new 39.08 second run in the incredible McMurtry Speirling fan car has knocked over two seconds off that time.

It’s also taken the Outright Hill record from the Volkswagen ID.R. Romain Dumas’ time of 39.9 seconds was smashed earlier in the day in practice, and a further 0.1 seconds in the Timed Shootout.

The small car—it’s only 3.5 meters (137.8 inches) long, 1.7 m (66.9 in) wide, and 1.1 m (43.3 in) tall—is capable of sprinting from zero to 60 mph (96 km/h) in under 1.5 seconds and reaching a top speed of 150 mph (241 km/h), capped due to hillclimb gearbox selection. What’s more, the Spéirling sports 2,000 kilograms (4,409 pounds) of instant downforce, more than what a Formula 1 car is capable of generating at speeds up to 150 mph (241 km/h), but with significantly less drag.

Compared to the demonstrator car that made its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed last year, the McMurtry Spéirling record-breaking car went through an intensive program of prototyping and testing. A lot of time was dedicated to the unique fan-powered downforce system, which enables it to generate more than double its own weight in downforce. Unlike conventional vehicles, the Spéirling’s downforce is available at all speeds as it does not rely on airflow over the car.

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