Volkswagen’s ID.R electric race car has set a new all-time record at the ‘Goodwood Festival of Speed’ this week. When two-time Le Mans 24 Hours-winner Romain Dumas piloted the ID.R to complete the 1.86-kilometre track in the south of England in just 39.90 seconds, he broke a 20-year old record set by Nick Heidfield in a McLaren Formula 1 car by 1.7 seconds. In 1999, McLaren set the fastest time on Goodwood Hillclimb with its MP4/13 F1 car in a time of 41.6 seconds.

This week’s Hillclimb record is the third landmark for the all-electric Volkswagen as the ID.R had set a new electric vehicle lap record around the Nürburgring Nordschleife in June, with a time of 06:05.33 minutes, and another one a year ago at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, USA, with a time of 07.57.15 minutes. Interestingly, the ID.R had come close to the record when it took the overall victory at last year’s Goodwood Hillclimb with a time of 43.86 seconds.

“In setting the new all-time record at the ‘Goodwood Festival of Speed’, the ID.R has once again shown that Volkswagen’s electric powertrain can outperform even the most powerful conventional powertrains,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. “Romain Dumas exploited the full potential of the ID.R on this short but tricky track. After the victory on Pikes Peak and the e-record on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, he has now achieved another milestone for electromobility. 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’,” he added.

“I am very proud to have set the all-time record in Goodwood with the ID.R,” said Romain Dumas. “The short hillclimb is a very special challenge. Because the track is so short, I could not afford to make even the slightest mistake, and every aspect of the fine-tuning of the ID.R had to be perfect. That was particularly challenging, as we were not able to test on the route beforehand,” Dumas added.

This year’s feat also makes the ID.R the first car to complete the Goodwood Hillclimb in less than 40 seconds.                      

Volkswagen Motorsport had modified the ID.R for its outing at the ‘Goodwood Festival of Speed’ making lighter than when it set the records on Pikes Peak and at the Nürburgring by using a smaller battery as well as deleting the Drag Reduction System that was designed for the high-speed sections of the Nürburgring. The new sprint version of the ID.R weighs less than 1,000 kilograms with the driver on board.

The all-electric ID.R produces 670bhp and 650Nm of torque, and can accelerate from 0-100kph in 2.25 seconds, topping out at 270kph.