That’s right, it would appear that no record is safe from Volkswagen’s ID R; at the weekend, another record fell at the wheels of VW’s 671bhp all-electric hillclimb car. This time, it was the all-time record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed that had previously stood for twenty years. Even more amazingly, they didn’t just break it once, they did it twice.
The previous record of 41.6 seconds was set by Nick Heidfeld at the wheel of the McLaren MP4/13 Formula One car back in 1999; a pace so fast that it caused Formula One cars to be banned from future timed runs up the hill.
Wearing specifically developed aerodynamics and with Romain Dumas at the wheel, the ID R actually managed to take the record on day two with a time of 41.18, during a practice session. Later that day, during the timed shootout, the ID R returned to go even faster, setting a final time of 39.90 seconds.
In order to ensure that the ID R was ideally set up for the short run up the Goodwood hill, Volkswagen equipped the car with the smallest battery yet, reducing the car’s weight to just 1,000kg – including Romain – and set it to maximum attack mode, with zero energy conservation worked into the run.
Setting their record times on the Saturday, Volkswagen had hoped that they would be able to set an even faster time on the Sunday of the event, until wet weather prevented full attack runs. Joking after their run, Technical Director François-Xavier Demaison said “if we stay one more week, it’s possible we could find a few more tenths.”
This is the third record that the Volkswagen ID R has managed to break in the last year; starting with the Pikes Peak hillclimb in 2018 – which it broke by 15 seconds – and then, more recently, the Nürburgring EV record by more than 40 seconds.
We aren’t really sure what records are left for the Volkswagen ID R to break but we’re excited to see where they take it. The Volkswagen ID R has been developed as a test bed for future electric technologies and utilises systems that will ultimately filter into the range of Volkswagen ID electric cars that we’ll see over the next few years.