A few weeks ago we got to attend the 2022 Simola Hillclimb. The annual event, which takes place in Knysna, features some of the most radical race machinery in all of South Africa. One YouTube channel has sifted through all the livestream footage to bring us this video featuring 10 Simola Hillclimb monsters.
Nothing is as it seems
The video showcases road-based racecars, none of the specialised machinery ie no single-seaters. Among the list are several engine-swapped Lotuses (Lotii?) and a few Nissan GT-Rs. There is a lone representative from Germany in the shape of an Audi S4, a rapid Toyota MR2 and a mental Subaru.
The modified Lotuses are quite interesting. None of them still bear the engine that they left the factory with. Each has a high-performance motor sourced from elsewhere, and they are all turbocharged. The most extreme has to be the car owned by Capetonian Dawie Joubert. They car has been dubbed Lotari because it is fitted with a Ferrari 488 GTB powerplant.
That heavily modified Audi S4 is a car that our editor got to drive in a former guise around Aldo Scribante racetrack. The one-time Production Car-spec racer had a ‘measly’ 405 kW when he drove it. These days it boasts over 610 kW and the driver needs to row a six-speed manual transmission sitting on the ‘wrong’ side of the car – cool!
Watch and listen to the 10 Simola Hillclimb monsters in the video below. If you enjoy the post please feel free to share it using the social media buttons below.