Another Gould for 2014

Possibly the biggest new car story of the winter so far has just broken! It is the news that there will be a third Gould GR59 hitting the hills during the 2014 season.

Gould GR59 Goodridge Ltd

Gould GR59 on display at Goodridge HQ

 

This will not be a customer car as we have seen with the 2-litre class runners for the Moyse family and for Paul Haimes, but a works development car being built for the Gould family.

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Run Off Milestone for Gould

Our Correspondent has sussed out that, by claiming victory in the final British Hillclimb Championship Top 12 Run Off at The World Famous Shelsley Walsh on Sunday, Scott Moran claimed the 400th Run Off victory for the Gould marque.

 

David Gould Gould 84G

David Gould in the original Gould 84G at Doune (thanks to Steve Wilkinson)

 

The Newbury-based constructor, which first appeared in British Hillclimbing with a stunning aluminium honeycomb chassis and Cosworth BDA power back in 1984, scored several Run Off wins with the 84G chassis in the late 80s and early 90s but they really started to rack up the victories in the late 1990s with the Ralt F3 based GR37 chassis.

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Gould GR59 – The Details

Now that the much-anticipated new Gould GR59 has been seen in public, we thought that we would have a little look at some of the finer points of this beautifully put together hillclimb car.

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Simon Moyse prepares for a run in the new car

 

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Gould GR59 – The First Video

Having popped down to Gurston Down’s annual Test Day this morning, we managed to capture some footage of the brand new Gould Gr59.

 

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The Gould GR59

Following a chat with Sean Gould earlier this month we are now able to bring a bring you a bit of information about the new Gould GR59.

Gould Engineering’s cars have dominated British Championship Hillclimbing over the last couple of decades, winning 14 consecutive BHC titles. Many drivers & crews have tried to go down a different route in order to beat the Newbury built chassis, but the fact remains that if you want to win the title then your 1st port of call must be David & Sean.

Chris Merrick Gould GR55 Gurston Down

The dominant Gould GR55

To date all of the carbon fibre tubbed chassis produced by Gould have been based on existing F3 chassis designs. The GR37 was based on a Ralt RT36/7 tub, the GR51 was based on a Ralt F3/2000 and the GR55 was a Gould built tub using some Ralt tooling.

Tony Marsh Gould GR37S Gurston Down

The championship-winning Gould GR37

However, the GR59 will be somewhat different. This is the 1st carbon chassis to be built by Gould which is entirely their own design and as such it is specifically for the hills. However, Gould have built the car with possible circuit projects in mind and therefore it meets the safety requirements of a full house F3 car.

Having been to Gould’s Newbury workshop, I can confirm that chassis 1 is all-but complete and chassis 2 is coming along very nicely and isn’t far behind. These cars WILL be running in 2012.

Whilst the front half of the GR59 chassis is fairly conventional in layout and appearance, it becomes somewhat more radical when you start to look behind the driver’s bulkhead. The carbon tub runs the full length of the car, from the brake cylinders to the diff carrier. The engine (currently blown Hayabusas, but other options are available) sits longitudinally inside the tub and runs via a propshaft into a very trick looking diff. This should make it a good chunk slimmer and stiffer than a conventional transverse bike-engined layout.

The other benefit of the longitudinal layout is the effect it has on the floor of the car. The narrow tub and engine installation allows the maximum possible width aero tunnels to be used. The floor of this car is simply MASSIVE!

We will look at other areas of this revolutionary new car later on in the winter, but we felt it was about time that some details of what could well be the ultimate hillclimb car came to light.