Goodwood Speed Week 2020 is completely underway and this year looks a bit different like many other events in 2020. Instead of a crowd of visitors enjoying some of the showcases of some of the most impressive machines on the planet, it’s just cars, trucks, and some passionate announcers. During this unique run of Goodwood Speed Week, a lap record was broken in a classic F1 car with a soundtrack that shouted for miles.
Goodwood Speed Week is effectively a fun event to watch, but the lack of spectators can be very strange. The field, once home to passionate visitors who were ready to enjoy the once-in-a-lifetime car lineup, is now empty. Of course, the safety of others is a top priority at this point, and you can still see the wonders of Goodwood Speed Week from the comfort of your home.
For example, take a look at the record run of the Arrows A11 Classic F1 car in the 1990 F1 season. Powered by the Ford-Cosworth 3.5-liter DFRV8 engine, which faced fierce competition during the F1 era, the A11 proved that these older F1 cars still had a lot of impressive performance. Arrows A11 faced a tough grid in 1990 after the turbocharger was banned in F1. While competitors such as Honda and Renault were working on V10 engines, Ferrari produced the V12, all of which produced more power than the A11’s V8.
At best, the midfield car, the A11, fought hard against its stronger rivals as Ford and Cosworth worked hard to optimize the DFR V8 against this fierce competition. Today, as the A11 breaks the rap record at Goodwood and gains worthy recognition, the fruits of their efforts are seen.