VW’s electric racer sets all-time record at Goodwood

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Romain Dumas and the Volkswagen ID.R rip away from the starting line on the Goodwood hill climb | Volkswagen photos

Volkswagen’s ID.R electric-powered race car climbed the Goodwood Hill faster than any vehicle, including Formula 1 cars, to break the 20-year-old record by nearly 2 seconds on this past weekend. With Romain Dumas in the driver’s seat, the car completed the 1.86-kilometer spring in 39.90 seconds. 

The previous standard for the event at the Goodwood Festival of Speed was set in 1999 by Nick Heidfeld in a McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13.

Little more than a year ago, the VW broke the all-time record for the Pikes Peak Hill Climb, then set the electric vehicle record at Goodwood, and recently set a record for electric cars at the Nurburgring Nordschleife. 

The record-setting run

“In setting the new all-time record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the ID.R has once again shown that Volkswagen’s electric powertrain can outperform even the most powerful conventional powertrains,” Volkswagen motorsport director Sven Smeets said after the car also won the “Sunday Shootout” at Goodwood. 

“Romain Dumas exploited the full potential of the ID.R on this short but tricky track,” he added.

“The short hillclimb is a very special challenge,” Dumas said. “Because the track is so short, I could not afford to make even the slightest mistake, and every aspect of the fine-tuning of the ID.R had to be perfect. That was particularly challenging, as we were not able to test on the route beforehand.”

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To prepare for the Goodwood record attempt, the ID.R was lightened, which entailed among other changes using a smaller battery. The car also was equipped with specially designed Bridgestone tires, VW noted. 

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A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

2 COMMENTS

  1. I have to admit, I don’t care and I am less interested in buying a VW or electric car. Breaking an old record that hasn’t been attempted to be broken with a bizillion dollar car isn’t a challenge. Porsche could dust of a car from there museum and best that time I’m sure.

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