Coulthard and SLSMercedes-Benz/YouTube

The Goodwood Festival of Speed kicks off this week, and the world's manufacturers are gearing up to display their latest and greatest products at what has quickly become the most important automotive event on the UK calendar.

The main attraction at the West Sussex event is of course the hill climb. Snaking through the grounds of Goodwood House, the 1.16-mile tarmac ribbon has seen countless racing drivers compete in all manner of performance machinery to get the fastest time from the bottom to the top – with more than a few egos smeared along the dry stone wall that lines later parts of the course.

German racing driver Nick Heidfeld currently holds the course record, setting a blistering time of 41.6 seconds in a McLaren MP4/13 Formula One car back in 1999.

For those unfamiliar with this British motorsport institution, Mercedes has teamed up with David Coulthard to present a guide to the hill climb, and have even lent him an SLS AMG Black Series to tackle it in. While he's obviously driving in a more relaxed manner than Heidfeld did, it's an excellent introduction to the tarmac that will play host to hundreds of exotic and priceless cars this weekend.

Click play below to watch Coulthard and the SLS in action.