It took 20 years to break the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hill climb record. And it happened twice in the same weekend.
The new record holder is Volkswagen's ID R electric car. The vehicle, driven by driver Romain Dumas, broke the record by completing the 1.86 mile (1.15 mile) track at Goodwood in southern England in 41.18 seconds. Dumas then broke his own record the following day by completing the track in 39.90 seconds.
The previous record of the famous hillclimb was set in 1
Volkswagen ID R (and Dumas) have been tearing down due to late tuning records at Nürburgring-Nordschleife and Pikes Peak. ID R put a new electric vehicle record on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife by completing the course in 6: 05.336 minutes. The previous record was set in 2017 by Peter Dumbreck, who ran a Nine electric car.
Volkswagen ID R was changed to the best at Goodwood Hill climbing. A vehicle was equipped with a smaller battery, which helped reduce weight, and the effect was optimized for the short sprint. A drag reduction system designed for high-speed connections in the Nürburgring.
Why does all this matter? This race car is a test bed and a flagship for Volkswagen's ID electric vehicle platform.
For several years, Volkswagen has shown its id series of concept cars. The company prepares some of them for production, starting with ID.3. VW aims to sell 100,000 ID.3 vehicles annually.
ID.3 hatchback is the first model to be built on the automaker's new Modular Electric Drive Toolkit or MEB, electric car architecture. Introduced in 2016, MEB is a flexible modular system – truly a matrix of common parts – for the manufacture of electric vehicles, which VW says make it more efficient and cost effective.
Others will soon follow. VW plans to have a portfolio of more than 20 full-electric models. The car manufacturer's goal is to sell 1 million electric cars annually in 2025.