Published: Tue, July 09, 2019
Markets | By Otis Pena

Volkswagen ID R Breaks 20-Year Record At Goodwood

Volkswagen ID R Breaks 20-Year Record At Goodwood

With a run of 39.9 seconds, the all-electric racing prototype beat the long-standing record by 1.7 seconds. He had broken the record by completing the 1.86-kilometer track (1.15 miles) at Goodwood in the south of England in 41.18 seconds. The previous record before the I.D.

An electric Volkswagen has smashed a hillclimb record set by a McLaren Formula One auto at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 20 years ago. Back in 1999, he stood behind the wheel of a 780 horsepower McLaren Mercedes MP4/13 with a combustion engine.

"It was a strong performance from our whole team, which only had a very short time, in which to get a lightweight variant of the ID.R up and running for the "Festival of Speed".

The previous record for the Sussex course had stood since 1999, when Heidfeld set a time of 41.18 seconds at the wheel of McLaren MP4/13 F1 auto - a pace so far ahead of anything else that Formula One cars were subsequently banned from making timed runs.

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Moreover, the ID R set a new electric vehicle lap record at Nürburgring-Nordschleife by completing the course in 6:05.336 minutes. The previous record was set in 2017 by Peter Dumbreck, who was driving a Nio electric vehicle. Before heading to the 2019 edition of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, the auto was adapted for the narrow hill climb section. A vehicle was outfitted with a smaller battery helps to reduce the weight, and the power output was optimized for the short sprint, whereas a drag reduction system designed for high-speed sections of the Nürburgring.

Volkswagen plans to add over 20 full-electric models to its collection, with an aim of selling 1 million of them per year by 2025.

Bottom line: Electric vehicles are the future of the automotive industry and VW just proved it again with a record-setting run up the famed hill climb.

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