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    Registered User witchcraftz's Avatar
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    Default Electric VW sportscar shatters McLaren F1 hillclimb record at Goodwood twice!

    Volkswagen’s all-electric ID.R racing car has claimed a new hillclimb record, breaking a previous record set by a Formula One McLaren in 1999 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

    It’s another feather in the hat for Volkswagen’s cutting edge racing car, which last year set a record for fastest electric car at the event with French professional auto racing driver Romain Dumas behind the wheel.

    Beating German ex-Formula One driver Nick Heidfeld’s 20-year-old record of 41.6 seconds in a McLaren MP4/13 from the previous year, Dumas and the ID.R first completed the climb in a practice run in 41.18 seconds. Nick’s time of 41.6 seconds to cover the 1.16-mile course was not only a record, but so fast and frantic that it prompted Goodwood to ban F1 cars from setting competitive times up the hill ever again.

    Then, the ID.R then beat its own record, breaking the 40 second barrier by climbing the daunting incline in just 39.9 seconds.

    Not to leave things at that, the “unstoppable” ID.R then also took out the FOS shootout in 42.32 seconds.

    “What a weekend! Winning the #FOS Shootout, beating the record of the Hill two times & braking the 40 sec mark… and even a run under the rain, without wiper Can’t expect more,” exclaimed Dumas on Twitter.

    The ID.R, in which Dumas also set a new record at Nrburgring in June, is clocking up records all over the place.

    In 2018, Dumas also took the Volkswagen ID.R to victory, smashing the previous EV record for the hill climb held (again) by Formula 1 driver Nick Heidfeld by 3.5 seconds.

    This only weeks after the same ID.R vehicle set a record as the quickest car out of both electric and internal combustion vehicles at Pikes Peak.

    The video of the latest climb is thrilling to watch; if you haven’t heard an electric car race the noise is something else.

    Gone are the rumbles of a throbbing engine, replaced by an exciting shrill that conveys the speed and torque with which makes the ID.R almost sound like it is flying.

    Below are all three videos posted by the Goodwood Festival of the ID.R’s incredible achievements; top is the first record-breaking practice run, followed by the second run held Sunday (UK time), and third the FOS shootout.


    Pikes Peak

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    Default Re: Electric VW sportscar shatters McLaren F1 hillclimb record at Goodwood twice!

    So fast! It sounds and accelerates like a scaled up RC car!
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    Default Re: Electric VW sportscar shatters McLaren F1 hillclimb record at Goodwood twice!

    VW did try putting that drivetrain in a GTI TCR once upon a time too!

    Former Cars: '12 Fiat 500, '10 VW GTI, '05 Smart Fortwo, '96 VW Jetta GLX, '02 VW GTI 337.........

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