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Citroen Survolt almost makes our year at Goodwood

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"how we'd found our way onto the start line at the wheel of the one-off electric concept racing car is beyond us"

"how we'd found our way onto the start line at the wheel of the one-off electric concept racing car is beyond us"

Lewis Hamilton, Stirling Moss, Mark Webber, Emerson Fittipaldi, John Surtees and Damon Hill were just some of the legendary and supremely talented drivers that made the 1.16 mile dash up the Goodwood Hill last weekend.

That fact made the feeling of lining up at the start line in the virtually priceless Citroen Survolt even more surreal.

Quite how we'd found our way onto the start line at the wheel of the one-off electric concept racing car is beyond us, but just to add to the pressure of driving this vastly expensive, unique and insanely fast car up a hillclimb course with thousands of people and TV cameras watching, our passenger for the journey was none other than Patrick Arnaud - the engineering mastermind behind the Survolt project.

Arnaud had already run through the car's basic technical details before we squeezed into a driver's seat moulded round the diminutive shape of Vanina Ickx, daughter of legendary driver Belgian F1 driver Jacky Ickx and a racer in her own right. Thankfully we had yet to visit any of Goodwood's bacon-sandwich stalls that day so we made it through the roll cage and into a pinched position behind the wheel.

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