• Jul 5th 2011 at 1:58PM
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Jonny Milner's Goodwood Toyota Celica – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is filled with a variety of machines all battling towards a singular goal. Every driver wants to be the cross the finish line in the least amount of time, and this year the winning car was a bit of a surprise. A bright orange Toyota Celica, piloted by rally champion Jonny Milner, blazed up the 1.16-mile Goodwood hillclimb course in 48.07 seconds. That time bested all of the supercars, and even the Formula 1 racers that participated.

How does a Toyota Celica make the run that quickly? By pumping out over 800 horsepower to all four wheels in a car that only weighs 2,318 pounds. The Celica's stock engine was replaced with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder unit plucked from a WRC Toyota Corolla. That mill was then paired with both a Rotrex supercharger and Garrett turbocharger, and Iif that wasn't enough, a nitrous oxide system was thrown in for good measure.

Video of the winning run hasn't made its way to the Internet just yet, but we do have footage of the car throwing down a 48.99-second run. Click past the jump to watch the clip, and then fast forward to 1:48 for Jonny Milner's run.

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

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 300ft 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.

Based on the sixth generation Celica, Milner's car is super-lightweight, tipping the scales at just 1,050kg. For better weight distribution, the driver's position has moved back 12 inches, and the car's centre of gravity has been lowered by raising the wheel arches and upper suspension mounts. A flat floor and rear diffuser add a degree of ground effect.

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 800bhp. A nitrous oxide injection system helped reduce turbo-lag for quicker acceleration off the line. Super soft rallycross specification Michelin slick tyres also played an important role in getting all that horsepower to the ground.


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

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      F1 cars can't do timed runs any more.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I see it also did some landscaping as well.
        • 4 Years Ago
        No kidding, I got this guy booked to mow/edge my lawn on Thursday. Should be pretty quick.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I appreciate the effort to build a supercar based on Celica. As have built all my desktop computers for 20 years, I appreciate people gathering lower cost parts, overclocking to max out each component to make a superocomputer, rather getting stock already super fast components.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I wish more racing was like Goodwood., you have three drastically different cars, a hill climb special, a GT sportscar and a formula car, that all post similar times. Brilliant. Different philosophies, different budgets, but within a few tenths of each other. I love it. The only thing I don't like is the timing & scoring. In what other racing series does a red number with a plus sign mean something better than a green number with a minus sign? What TV producer dreamed this system up? PS, why isn't Goodwood live on Speed? Oh wait, Speed is about to be renamed Barrett-Jackson NASCAR channel. Never mind.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Except for the fact that NASCAR is only shown for half an hour every night and doesn't take up the whole weekend. Barrett-Jackson takes up one whole weekend, then that's it for the next few months.
          Jonathan Arena
          • 4 Years Ago
          I think you mean NASCAR is only shown for a half an hour every HOUR. Seriously, a couple weeks ago there was the 24 hr. of Le Mans and the F1 grand prix going on at the same time, and speed was covering NASCAR???? wtf!?!?
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's similar to timing shown during the olympics. It's not scoring, it's whether they are ahead of the lead time, or behind, giving you an idea of how they are doing along the track. Even the announcer tells you what's going on.
      Andre Neves
      • 4 Years Ago
      By the looks of that picture, it also cut their grass in the process.
      • 4 Years Ago
      HA! Rod Millen's Celica did it faster than these two, and that was years ago. Rod's time 47.4 sec
      Kickingitwiththe Tha
      • 4 Years Ago
      Impressive! There isn't much love (some don't even know they existed) for the Celica Alltrac or the 3sgte 4bangers or the notorious 503e engines that set records (Pike's Peak, WRC, JGTC, IMSA) in so many different forms of motorsports (international and national). God is miss IMSA racing during it's heyday...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Impressive, but meh it's still just a celica
        • 4 Years Ago
        ... just like a Ford GT is just a 'Ford', a Corvette ZR1 is just a 'Chevrolet'. wt...
        • 4 Years Ago
        re:"meh, just a celica" So would it be a lot more impressive if it had a different badge on it?
      Soccer Mom
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think, the better header would be "This 800-hp Toyota Celica can run at par with 40-year-old 630-hp Formula 1 cars"
      • 4 Years Ago
      Toyota ftw. Toyota still got it... they just need to take advantage of their performance sources and bring back the good old days of kick ass cars.
        • 4 Years Ago
        In what days did they have kick ass cars???
          • 4 Years Ago
          Do you not remember the MR2 Turbo or the Supra Turbo or the Celica All trac? All of those cars were serious business.
          • 4 Years Ago
          the 90s with the SUPRA twin turbo, the CELICA GT - four which won WRC, the MR2 turbo! There is your simple answer :)
          • 4 Years Ago
          20 years ago - pretty much literally.... it's odd that there are still Toyota fans left
          • 4 Years Ago
          ADAM: The Celica was cheating at WRC. http://homepage.virgin.net/shalco.com/tte_ban.htm
          • 4 Years Ago
          Who can forget those mighty Toyota Eagles GTP cars with 900 HP in the old IMSA series in the early 90's?
          • 4 Years Ago
          @cashsixeight You do realize Toyota was racing the Celica GT-Four before 1995 (when they got banned from WRC for a year)? Don't pretend that just because they got disqualified in '95 with the ST205 doesn't mean the GT-Four wasn't a beast. It won many rallies in the 80s and 90s (see: ST165, ST185).
      Neil Burge
      • 4 Years Ago
      The record is 41.6 seconds set by an F1 car in 1999, they have since been banned from doing timed runs and only do demonstration runs as it was felt that the speeds were too high for the protection offered by the hay bales used to line the course. That celica needs a 15% improvement before you can use that headline!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Neil Burge
        I disagree, if you can't even drive the car then how fast it goes doesn't really matter does it? If you look at it from the point of the celica was the fastest car that could safely run the course, then the title still holds true.
      Alfa Pete
      • 4 Years Ago
      Over 800 hp from two litres? Good thing the course wasn't any longer than 1.16 miles!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Alfa Pete
        The 2.0 I4 in my Evolution completely stock is good for over 500 horsepower. People tend to stay around 400 at the wheels (through full time AWD) for longevity. Even at that power level people put over 200,000 miles on the motor without issue as long as it saw proper maintenance. Hell my Evo right now is producing over 190 horsepower per liter and doing just fine as a daily driver. Don't forget how much fun I have in the rain and snow too when everyone else parks their sports cars. Nothing really beats the year round performance, fuel economy, and power-weight potential of an AWD Turbo 2 liter..... It just sucks most manufacturers are too scared to build a proper car without crippling it to appease some bean counter. You have these four options, pick three..... Turbo Manual transmission All wheel drive Light weight (I chose to pick all four and bought a Lancer Evolution IX, the last real Rally car sold in the States)
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