1964 Formula One World Champion John Surtees will celebrate the 50th anniversary of him winning the title by driving up the legendary Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill Climb in the car that took him to the World Title – the Ferrari 158 F1.
Finn Kimi Raikkonen, who will drive his 2007 World Championship winning Ferrari F2007, will join the Briton, with the two former champions driving their respective cars together up the hill climb.
“As Technical Partner of Scuderia Ferrari, Shell supplied bespoke fuels and lubricants to both John and Kimi during their victorious Formula One championships,” said David Bunch of Shell VP Retail Marketing. “We are honoured to partner them once again at this special occasion to mark the 50th anniversary of John’s extraordinary achievement and to celebrate our own motorsport heritage.”
As well as presenting the two Champions’ Hill climb, the Shell company will also celebrate 100 years of innovation by showcasing the Shell Eco-marathon at Goodwood House. Students from the University College London’s Team Hydrone will show off their 2014 entry vehicle. The team have designed a hydrogen-powered smart vehicle, which has the aim of high fuel efficiency and produces only water as a by-product.
“We realised that one of the biggest contributors to a car’s efficiency is how you drive it,” said Team Hydrone member Jasmine Megson on the UCL website. “Our system uses data about the motor and fuel cell, driving conditions and the track itself to eliminate the driver variable – the car is always operating at its most efficient.”
Visitors will also be able to experience the performance of the ultra energy-efficient machines in a state-of-the-art Shell Eco-marathon simulator.
“At Shell, we are committed to developing collaborative research and development projects to stimulate debate around mobility, energy and urbanisation,” said Simon Saville of Shell VP Corporate Communication. “The Shell Eco-marathon demonstrates this commitment and supports our vision to inspire and engage with the engineers and scientists of tomorrow.”