Published: Mon, July 08, 2019
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Electric Volkswagen smashes Goodwood record

Electric Volkswagen smashes Goodwood record

The previous record for the Sussex course had stood since 1999, when Heidfeld set a time of 41.18 seconds at the wheel of McLaren MP4/13 F1 vehicle - a pace so far ahead of anything else that Formula One cars were subsequently banned from making timed runs.

Volkswagen already held the electric record at the Goodwood festival, one of the biggest and best-attended motoring events in Britain, with a time of 43.86 seconds set previous year.

The ID.R, in which Dumas also set a new record at Nürburgring in June, is clocking up records all over the place. "The short hillclimb is a very special challenge", said in a statement Romain Dumas.

Volkswagen adapted the ID R specifically for Goodwood with the smallest battery yet fitted to the vehicle, in order to reduce weight to below 1000kg including driver.

The fine-tuning he's referring to are the adjustments made to the ID R specifically for the Goodwood hill climb.

By stopping the clock in a time of 41.18 seconds the state-of-the-art ID.R averaged 163km/h (101.4mph) along the challenging 1.16-mile course.

The all-electric Volkswagen ID.R has broken the outright Goodwood Festival of Speed presented by Mastercard Hillclimb record, 20 years after it was set by ex-F1 star Nick Heidfeld in a McLaren MP4/13. Recall, Dumas could only manage a time of 43.05 driving the ID R at the 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed. "We have also opted for a far more aggressive energy management strategy for the short distance; you need very high output for a very short time for the sprint in Goodwood".

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