The Volkswagen I.D. R electrical racecar simply broke a 20-year-old record on the annual Goodwood Pageant of Velocity hill climb. Pushed by Romain Dumas, the I.D. R made the climb on Friday in simply 41.18 seconds, which is a half-second away from former F1 driver Nick Heidfeld’s bushy 41.6-second run all the best way again in 1999.
The record-breaking efficiency comes only one month after Dumas smashed the electrical car report at Germany’s well-known Nürburgring within the 680-horsepower I.D. R, taking the title beforehand held by the EP9 supercar constructed by Chinese language EV startup NIO. Dumas additionally holds the report for the quickest run up Pikes Peak, which is the occasion for which Volkswagen constructed the I.D. R within the first place.
To be truthful to Heidfeld, who made his record-setting run in a McLaren MP4/13 System One automotive, the I.D. R was explicitly designed for venues like Goodwood. You may see proof of that within the video of Dumas’ run, too. The mighty racecar seems to be nearly bored as Dumas slices up the Goodwood hill. Examine that to the video of Heidfeld slinging the 780-horsepower V10 F1 automotive up the hill 20 years in the past, the place each contact of the steering wheel makes it seem like he’s about to careen by way of the hay bales.
This wasn’t Dumas’ first run up Goodwood within the I.D. R. He and Volkswagen introduced the automotive to the pageant final yr and set the all-electric hill climb report in addition to the third-fastest time total (regardless of practically dropping the automotive after a dramatic slide by way of the filth throughout an early run).
This time round, the Volkswagen I.D. R arrived at Goodwood in its new Nürburgring trim. The decrease rear wing, plus the work the corporate did to revamp the internals of the automotive during the last yr, seems to have given Dumas a traditionally potent competitor. He’s not executed working it up the Goodwood hill, but: by the point the weekend is over, don’t be stunned if Dumas places slightly extra distance between him and the 20-year-old report he simply broke.