Gould Racing

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Gould Racing [1] is a British motorsport company, specialising in racing car manufacture and engineering. The company is run by David Gould, and is based in Newbury, Berkshire, England.

Although involved in several branches of motorsport, including manufacturing components for Formula One cars, the company's greatest success has come in the manufacture of specialised cars for hillclimbing: every British Hill Climb Championship from 1998 to 2010 was won by a driver in a Gould car. The company also built the one-off Gould Ford Puma for Mike Endean, featuring Xtrac four-wheel-drive, which won the Brighton Speed Trials four times in 2005, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

British Hillclimb Championship[edit]

Gould Racing has enjoyed massive and sustained success in the British Hillclimb Championship having won 16 titles in total, the first of which was when Chris Cramer took the 1985 at the wheel of a Gould/Hart 84/2 and the remaining 15 titles being taken in from 1998 to 2013, 14 of these being taken in succession, breaking Cooper's record of 13 successive title wins from 1951 to 1963 (though Peter Westbury only raced part of his 1963 championship winning season in a Cooper). Over the last 15 championship winning seasons Gould have gradually evoloved their cars, with the GR37, GR51, GR55, GR55B and GR61 chassis all winning the championship on at least 2 occasions.

GR37[edit]

The Gould GR37 was ground-breaking in terms of hillclimb technology. Built around a Ralt F3 carbon-fibre tub, this car was raced to 3 consecutive titles by David Grace from 1998 to 2000, breaking Pilbeam's domination of the championship that had seen it win 17 of the previous 21 championships. It has typically utilised Cosworth or Judd V8 power ranging from the 3.3-litre Cosworth XB derived V8 to the 4-litre Judd and Cosworth F1 3.5-litre formula derived V8 engines. The Gould GR37 is still competing in the championship as of 2010. It was also the first carbon fibre chassis to win the championship.

GR51[edit]

The Gould GR51 refined the concept of the GR37. The chassis, whilst based on a Ralt carbon fibre tub, was further customised for its application in hill climbing. The chassis was mated to a DTM-derived Opel-Cosworth V8 engine enlarged to 2.8 litres from the original 2.5 litres and mated to an Arrows F1 gearbox. Whilst down on absolute power compared to the 4-litre V8 monsters of its competitors, the compactness and light weight of the car, engine and gearbox gave the GR51 a greater power-to-weight ratio, which resulted in a car perfectly suited to the tortuously twisty hillclimbs of the British Championship. With Scottish father-and-son duo of Graeme Wight and Graeme Wight Jr. campaigning the car, Wight Jr. sealed two consecutive championships at the wheel of the GR51 in 2001 and 2002.

GR55 and GR55B[edit]

The Gould GR55 marked a departure from using Ralt F3 chassis and all major components were designed and manufactuered "in house". However in terms of aerodynamics and general chassis philosophy it was very much an evolution of the GR51. The GR55 was originally fitted with a Nicholson-McLaren 3.3 Litre V8 derived from a Ford Cosworth XB 2.65-litre Champcar unit but enlarged and naturally aspirated rather than turbo-charged. The GR55 was originally campaigned by Adam Fleetwood and he duly took back to back titles in 2003 and 2004 before graduating from the British Hillclimb Championship to go circuit racing.

In 2005 Gould introduced the GR55B, externally the GR55 and GR55B are near identical, however the GR55B was the result of extensive finite element analysis work (FEA) which resulted in every part of the car being scrutinised to reduce weight and refine the GR55. The result was a car that was 25 kg lighter than its predecessor now fitted with a 3.5-litre version of the Nicholson-McLaren engine. The GR55B went on to dominate the championship in the hands of Martin Groves, winning the title 3 times in succession (2005, 2006 & 2007) and then he came back to claim a 4th title in 2010 using the same car after being defeated in 2008 & 2009, an achievement unique in hillclimbing.

Both the GR55 and GR55B have become very popular with competitors in the British Championship with a variety of engines being installed in GR55 chassis, including f1 derived Cosworth HB 3.5-litre and Judd 4-litre V8 engines. Also more recent modifications have included F1-style paddle shift sequential gears and traction control.

GR61X[edit]

The Gould GR61X is a further evolution of the Gould line of hillclimb cars. It was produced around the same time as the GR55B as a one-off design produced for father and son duo Roger and Scott Moran. It sees further refinements to the aerodynamics as well as offering enhanced lateral head protection from its higher cockpit sides and padded cockpit surround. It utilises the same 3.5-litre Nicholson-McLaren V8 engine as Martin Groves' GR55B. The car was instantly competitive when it hit the hills in 2005 and ultimately culminated in Scott Moran clinching back to back titles in 2008 and 2009 with further titles taken in 2011 and 2013 which make Roger and Scott Moran the first father and son title winners in British Hillclimbing as Roger claimed Pilbeam's final British title in 1997. The GR61X was the first Gould chassis to be fitted with F1-style paddle shift sequential gears and traction control, which have since been fitted to GR55 chassis and well as the Pilbeam M97.

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ As of June 2007, the title bar on the company website reads "Gould Engineering"; however "Gould Racing" is used elsewhere on the site.

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