850hp Toyota Celica Is Fastest Hill Climber at 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed


Like Pikes Peak, the Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of motordom’s greatest hill climbs, a spectacular celebration of racing machinery from across the spectrum. Unlike Pikes Peak, the ascent is only 1.16 miles, and takes you up someone’s driveway. Nevertheless, this year’s fastest time to the Earl of March’s front door was 48:07 seconds, clocked by British rally champ Jonny Milner in his “Extreme” ST205 Toyota Celica GT-Four.

Milner’s Celica takes an 850-horsepower Toyota WRC four-cylinder and adds a Garrett turbocharger, belt-driven Rotrex supercharger and a shot of nitrous oxide in a car weighing 1050kg (2315 pounds). Milner painted it the same shade of orange as the limited Nürburgring Edition Lexus LFA in honor of the Celica’s 40th anniversary.

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7 Responses to 850hp Toyota Celica Is Fastest Hill Climber at 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed

  1. Nigel said:

    One word. Madness !
    (Sounds like its, “scary fast”).

  2. Tyler said:

    C’mon, guys. T160, sure. T180, mayyybe. But this? This is not Nostalgic. This is mid 90′s. Let’s wait five years to post about this generation.

    • Tyler said:

      Disclaimer: I love rally cars of any era as much as the next guy, and I love to read about them, but I was under the impression we had a suggested 25-year rule for JNC.

    • Ben said:

      We’ve posted about newer cars in the past (FT-86, LFA, R35 GT-R) when there’s a connection to an older car.

      Milner states on his website that his car was a tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Celica and his record run took place at a vintage motorsports festival, so we made the decision to go with the story.

  3. Lincoln Stax said:

    This middle-aged ‘Yota was faster up the driveway than even the Formula 1 cars. That’s fast.

  4. Brownie said:

    reading these comments just made me think when will 90s-cars be considered nostalgic. because i don’t want to miss another opportunity to own a nostalgic car.