The Volkswagen ID.R has been crowed the fastest car to take on the legendary hill run at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. VW’s electric race car was the winner of the 2019 Goodwood Hillclimb Shootout with a time of just 42.32 seconds – the second quickest time ever behind Nick Heidfeld in a fuel-powered 780 horsepower McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 set in 1999.
Later on, the ID.R had another go and took on the course in just 39.90 seconds – breaking Nick Heidfeld’s previous record that’s stood for 20 years by a cool 1.7 seconds.
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Volkswagen Motorsport modified the ID.R for the hillclimb at Goodwood. Weight had been reduced by using a smaller battery than the one used on the Nürburgring. This resulted in the car weighing less than 1,000 kg.
The team had also ditched the Drag Reduction System (DRS) that was used on high-speed sections of the Nürburgring – a system not needed at Goodwood. These minor changes helped boost the ID.R’s capabilities on the narrow British hill-sprint.
Powering this astonishing car is two electric motors that work together to make 680 horsepower and 649 Nm of torque, giving it a 0-60 time of 2.25 seconds – impressive figures and further proof of the electric car’s true calling.
Over 180,000 people visited Goodwood this year, with many left in awe of what Volkswagen’s electric race had achieved. Will other manufacturers be looking to an electric future for fast course times?