Nick Swift and his modified Mini Cooper show eager young viewers just how valuable a lightweight car and the willingness to wrangle said car to and beyond the limit can be, especially when up against tough competition. At Goodwood, where long straights dominate, the Mini’s motor—albeit one pumped by Swiftune to produce 130 horsepower—simply can’t cut the mustard when dueling with the other.
Alfas walk away and so do classic BMWs, but Swift and is Mini make up the ground in agility. There’s nothing keeping this little beast from keeping in touch by braking later and entering faster, but even still, his gutsy re-pass into Woodcote at 119 mph is something else entirely.
Not willing to let his hard work go to waste because of another driver’s power surplus, Swift pounds the shift lever into a lower gear, barely sniffs the brake, and countersteers boldly with one hand at triple-digit speeds. Completely crossed up at the first apex, Swift looks undaunted and carefully manages the understeer by delicately feathering the throttle. Just bringing it on-line at the last moment with plenty of wrenching at the wheel, he adds a cherry to his skill sundae by bounding over the exit curb with the car’s tail trying to overtake the front. It’s a display of gusto, talent, and just plain rudeness that would make any racing fan leap wildly out of their seat. I can only imagine what it looked like from the passee’s perspective.