Gould Feel the Pressure!

The eagle-eyed amongst you at Loton Park’s British Hillclimb Championship finale may have noticed some unusual pipework covering the floor of the Gould GR59 Turbo of Paul Haimes.

Paul Haimes Gould GR59

Even a lighter driver is under consideration for 2014! Josh Haimes has a seat-fitting in the GR59.


With the GR59 is still at a very early stage of its aerodynamic develop and now that the two cars produced so far are running reliably it is time for some serious work over the winter to fine tune the aero and suspension package ready for the start of the 2014 season.

The visible pipework, or ‘pressure-taps’ as they are called, connect tiny holes in the undertray/floor to a manifold block in the left-hand sidepod, which in turn is connected to a data channel in the data-logger/Life Racing ECU. This equipment will monitor and record the air pressure under the floor of the car and inside the massive aero tunnel at the rear of the car and when analysed will provide valuable information regarding optimum ride height as well as clues to future development.

Paul Haimes Gould GR59

Pressure Tap pipe-work on the GR59 at Loton Park in September.


In order to record accurate and consistent data the equipment will be used at a straight line test in the next few days, which will probably involve the car running up and down a runway at set, consistent speeds.

It is fantastic to see such high-tech correlation tools being used in the development of top-line Speed Hillclimb cars these days, and will also be fascinating to see the tweaks and mods which will no doubt appear on both GR59 chassis for the 2014 season.

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