This year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed will attempt to answer, once and for all, a question that has been bugging generations of motor sport fans for many years – which is the fastest racing saloon?
Running in timed simulations up the fabled 1.16-mile Hillclimb during the 26-29 June event will be representatives from a plethora of different eras and championships from touring cars and stock car racing.
Historic machinery will be heavily represented with standout cars such as an Alan Mann Racing Ford Escort Mk1 and a Zakspeed Ford Cologne Capri will show the muscle of the Group 2 and Group 5 eras against several examples of more technically-advanced machinery.
Among the more technologically-advanced vehicles trying to beat the clock will be an ex-British Touring Car Championship Renault Laguna Super Touring machine and a pair of ultra-quick Mercedes-Benz DTM machines spanning the 1990s and 2000s.
Moving in to the modern era, several current World Touring Car Championship contenders will take to the hill, attempting to prove their mettle against the thunder of NASCAR and flame-spitting V8 Supercar racers from Australia.
Which will be fastest? Will the grunt and simplicity of the 1960s machines overthrow the electronically-advanced touring cars of 20 years ago? Or will the latest-specification tin-tops emerge on top? You’ll have to wait until the 2014 Goodwood Festival of Speed, on 26-29 June, to find out.