Setting a new record up Lord March’s driveway on electrons alone

This weekend saw the 25th running of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, and with it, a host of impressive machinery came out to strut their stuff up the short hillclimb course. While there was certainly no shortage of fast cars on hand, one in particular stood out from the rest, as the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak managed to reset the record books for all-electric racers at the event.

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The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak managed to cross the finish line at 43.86 seconds, smashing the previous all-electric record set in 2013 by 3.48 seconds.

Setting the all-time fastest run for all-electric racers at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is an impressive feat in and of itself, but the Volkswagen I.D. R managed to secure a few other records along the way, including fastest run of the entire 2018 event, plus third-fastest run of any vehicle type in the history of the event.

The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak managed to cross the finish line at 43.86 seconds, smashing the previous all-electric record set in 2013 by 3.48 seconds. The run was also just 2.26 seconds off the fastest time ever up the hill, which currently goes to former F1 driver Nick Heidfeld’s run of 41.6 seconds, which he made back in 1999 at the wheel of a McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 Formula 1 car.

You can watch the I.D. R’s run in the videos above. Hit play, and you’ll see the car squirt its way down the straights, working to put the power down over the bumpy tarmac, skipping a bit under acceleration, then zipping through the corners like it’s on rails.

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The new record at Goodwood comes less than a month after the VW I.D. R reset the record books in Colorado at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb.

The new record at Goodwood comes less than a month after the VW I.D. R reset the record books in Colorado at the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, where it beat the standing time of 8 minutes, 13.9 seconds set by Sebastien Loeb in a Peugeot 208 T16 back in 2013.

Like its record-setting run in Colorado, VW’s record at Goodwood was made by Romain Dumas, a French racing driver with previous wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Nurburgring, and the 24 Hours of Spa, among others. “The hillclimb is short but often dirty and therefore you should definitely not underestimate it,” Dumas said. “In any case it is a great honor to drive here at Goodwood.”

The I.D. R Pikes Peak is Volkswagen’s first all-electric racing car. Recognizable thanks to its low, squat stance, as well its enormous aero package, which includes a behemoth rear wing element, the Volkswager I.D. R Pikes Peak is propelled by 671 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, all of which hits the ground through a dual electric motor powertrain. Carbon fiber construction keeps it light, with the whole shebang tipping the scales at 2,425 pounds, including the driver. A run up to 60 mph takes just 2.25 seconds.

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The I.D. R Pikes Peak is Volkswagen’s first all-electric racing car

Volkswagen created the I.D. R Pikes Peak as a means of bolstering the exciting image of its electron-powered I.D. vehicle lineup, as the German brand prepares to debut its first full-electric range of vehicles. “After the great success on Pikes Peak, at Goodwood we have shown once again how impressive the performance of an electric racing car can be,” said Chairman of the Board of Management at Volkswagen AG, Dr. Herbert Diess. “That is a very good preparation for our great electric car offensive which is starting next year.”

What’s more, Goodwood certainly seems like a great fit for the I.D. R Pikes Peak. After all, the hillclimb’s tight and winding course is exactly the kind of thing you’d want to pair to the car’s low-end all-electric grunt and AWD grip.

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The I.D. R Pikes Peak has wrapped up its next record. Romain Dumas (F) set a new record for electric cars of 43.86 seconds in Volkswagen’s first fully-electric racing car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Following his record-breaking exploits at the legendary Pikes Peak International Hill Climb just three weeks ago, Dumas beat the previous fastest time for electric cars on the Goodwood Hillclimb, which has stood since 2013, by 3.48 seconds. The all-time record still belongs to Nick Heidfeld (D). The former Formula 1 driver completed the 1.86-kilometre route in 41.6 seconds at the wheel of a McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 Formula 1 car in 1999.

“The I.D. R Pikes Peak has once again proven emphatically that it is a fantastic ambassador for our fully-electric I.D. family,” said Dr. Herbert Diess, the Chairman of the Board of Management of Volkswagen AG and Chairman of the Board of Management of the Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand. “I would like to thank the whole team. After the great success on Pikes Peak, at Goodwood we have shown once again how impressive the performance of an electric racing car can be. That is a very good preparation for our great electric car offensive which is starting next year.”

Volkswagen driver Romain Dumas was delighted: “Goodwood is an absolutely fantastic event and I am more than happy that we won in front of such a great crowd of motorsport enthusiasts,” said the 40-year-old after his latest record-breaking drive. “The hill climb track is short but often dirty and therefore you should definitely not underestimate it. In any case it is a great honour to drive here at Goodwood. You meet so many fantastic drivers, and the cars and motorcycles here span a century of motorsport. It is one of a kind.”

Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets was also a happy man: “Although the route is not even two kilometres long, we once again showed what the I.D. R Pikes Peak is capable of. Volkswagen is committed to electromobility and we want to take every opportunity to show how emotional this topic can be, before Volkswagen launches its first fully-electric range as of 2020.”

More than 200,000 people visited the Goodwood Festival of Speed from 12 to 15 July, as the event in the south of England celebrated its 25th anniversary. The homage to motorsport on the Duke of Richmond’s estate is the largest event of its type in the world. This year’s starter list once was once again a who’s who of motorsport.

Dumas in the 500-kW (680-PS) I.D. R Pikes Peak was joined at Goodwood by Hans-Joachim “Strietzel” Stuck (D) and Jochi Kleint (D) in the 480-kW (652-PS) 1987 Volkswagen Golf 2 Bi-Motor Pikes Peak. Other big names in action included Giacomo Agostini (I), Derek Bell (GB), Emerson Fittipaldi (BR), Mika Häkkinen (FIN), Tom Kristensen (DK), Nick Mason (GB), Sébastien Ogier (F), Richard Petty (USA), Walter Röhrl (D) and Sir Jackie Stewart (GB).

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