The 2023 Goodwood Festival of Speed is unique in that organizers canceled the event on Saturday due to extremely rainy weather. This reduces the chance for drivers to prepare for Supercar Shootout on hill climbs. Neither beat Speirling’s McMurtry record time from last year, but this year’s competition is fierce.
This year’s fastest vehicles include many race cars, including modern and classic models, the one-off Subaru GL Family Huckster, and several modern supercars. Whatever flavor of high-performance engines you prefer, there’s something here to enjoy.
Video of Goodwood’s 10 Fastest Cars of 2023
|1. McLaren Solus GT
|2. Subaru GL Family Hawker
|3. McLaren-Cosworth M26
|4. Porsche 911 GT3 Trophy
|5. Nissan Skyline GT-R R32
|6. Chrysler Viper GTS-R
|7. Rimac Nevera
|Miroslav Zrncevic Mrgud
|8. Ford Puma WRC
|9. The Ferrari 488 Challenge
|10. Sport Club Porsche 911 GT2 RS
The McLaren Solus GT was the fastest vehicle this year, sprinting up the hill in 45.34 seconds. It packs a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 that produces 829 horsepower and spins up to over 10,000 rpm. The car weighs only 2,205 pounds, and its aerodynamic elements can generate a downforce of 2,646 pounds.
McLaren did not beat Speirling’s record of 39.08 seconds from last year. The Solus GT beats the Porsche 718 GT4 ePerformance’s time of 45.50 seconds in 2022.
Last year, four electric vehicles were among the ten fastest vehicles in Supercar Shootout: Speirling, 718 GT4 ePerformance, Ford SuperVan and First Corner FC1X. Rimac Nevera is the only one on the list for 2023. His company is it even celebrates 49.32 seconds as the best for a production-spec EV.
The McLaren-Cosworth M26 is by far the oldest vehicle on this list and is still faster than much more modern cars. It began competing during the 1976 Formula One season but only raced once that year as the team wanted to develop the vehicle further. James Hunt drove the machine to first three places in 1977.
Several vehicles returned from last year’s Supercar Shootout. Travis Pastrana is back with Family Huckster. He kicked a lot of dirt and did some giant slides on the wild cart. While the run looked spectacular, it was slower than last year at 46.38 seconds versus 46.2 seconds in 2022.
Florent Moulin is back driving the Chrylser (Dodge) Viper GTS-R endurance race car, but this car has a different nose and livery than last year. He ran the course in 49.29 seconds this time versus 48.96 seconds in 2022.
Similarly, Adam Smalley drives the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup this year but with a different livery than before. He clocked in at 47.40 seconds, which is nearly identical to his 47.44 run in 2022.
Let us know which run was your favorite from this year.