Volkswagen ID.R Demolishes Goodwood Record With 39.9 Second Climb

Automotive News 15 July 9, 2019 by

After two decades, the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb record has fallen. It did so not to a thunderous combustion engine, but the near-silent whirring of an all-electric, purpose-built machine.

The Volkswagen ID.R has been busy racking up world records for over a year now. Its debut at Pikes Peak in 2018 set an all-time course record there, with Romain Dumas piloting the 670hp car up the mountain in 7:57. Shortly after Volkswagen packed the ID.R up for Sussex, where it ran last year’s FOS. It wasn’t quite enough for the all-out record though — but did capture the record for electric cars.

In 2019 VW set its sights on a new gauntlet: the Green Hell. A much different challenge than hillclimbs, the ID.R nonetheless utterly dismantled the electric car record at the Nurburgring, posting a scorching 6:05. Again, not the overall fastest — that “title” belongs to its brother-in-arms, the 919 Evo.

Volkswagen’s newest record has no such qualifiers, however. Dumas and the ID.R were back at Goodwood this past weekend, posting the very first sub-40 second run up the Duke of Richmond’s driveway. That’s significantly faster than the previous top time of 41.6s, set by Nick Heidfeld in a McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 Formula 1 car.

Dumas was particularly happy with the achievement:

“I am very proud to have set the all-time record in Goodwood with the ID.R. The short hillclimb is a very special challenge. 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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