It may have been my first trip to the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend, but I’m already pretty sure it's going to be one of my best.

I was lucky enough to be offered a passenger ride up the famous hillclimb in a Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano HGTE - and some experience it was, too.

My driver was Ross Kaiser, who has won a race at Donington the day before in a Radical SR8. Ross was told before he set off to drive at “seven tenths” and take things easy. But when we approached the start line and Ross put the HGTE into race mode, I knew it was going to be quite a memorable ride.

Our slot was after the Ferrari California, which had NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace in the passenger seat. The cloud of smoke from its rear tyres had barely cleared by the time we got to the line.

Read Autocar’s Festival of Speed report here

See the on-board footage of the Ferrari 599 GTB Fiorano HGTE's run up the hill here

By the first corner, Ross had turned all driver aids off. The car didn’t roll around the corners and the handling and grip seemed spot on – the optional HGTE package seemed worth the extra money from the passenger seat at least.