How a little electric storm thundered to Goodwood's hillclimb record
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How a little electric storm thundered to Goodwood's hillclimb record

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Nick Heidfeld's official Goodwood Festival of Speed record in McLaren's MP4/13 Formula 1 car - and the unofficial hillclimb record set by the Volkswagen ID.R - were both brushed aside by the McMurtry Speirling driven by Max Chilton on Sunday. Here's a look at the fan car that blew away the competition

Nothing has ascended the Duke of Richmond’s 1.16-mile driveway as fast as the McMurtry Automotive Speirling, which last Sunday broke the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb record. Ex-Formula 1 driver Max Chilton smashed the timed shootout competition and both official and unofficial benchmarks with his 39.08-second run aboard a machine that looks not unlike an example of Michael Keaton’s Batmobile that has been washed on too hot a setting.

If you haven’t yet seen it, please go and watch the incredible videos of this new yardstick, plus the side-by-side edit with Nick Heidfeld’s now-toppled 1999 run aboard the McLaren MP4/13. Aside from being a slice of history, the footage boggles the mind for two reasons.

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