Volkswagen have created a new record by smashing an old record with ID.R at 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed. Way back in the year 1999, fastest time recorded for hillclimb was 41.6 seconds. This time record was set by Nick Heidfeld in the McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 Formula 1. Volkswagen ID.R managed to complete the hillclimb in just 39.90 seconds and beats Heidfeld by an impressive 1.7 seconds. For those who are not realizing it, it is a significant margin for such a short sprint.
Volkswagen ID.R was driven by Romain Dumas who also drove the car at last year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed. Last month, he drove around the Nurburgring and set a record for electric vehicle by completing in 6:05.336. Volkswagen made significant changes to the ID.R for preparation of this event. It was outfitted with smaller battery than what it used on Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and Nurburgring. It meant that saving less than 1,000 kg including the driver. Intrestingly, Volkswagen ID.R broke Heidfeld record unofficially during the weekend with a 41.1 seconds qualifying for the shootout.
Sven Smeets, Director of Volkswagen Motorsport said that ID.R showed that Volkswagen’s electric powertrain can outperform even the most conventional powertrains. He further stated that Romain exploited full potential of ID.R for this short and tricky track. Post the victory at Pikes Peak and at Nürburgring-Nordschleife, he has now achieved another milestone. Later this year, Volkswagen is planning to race it at Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road in China, a treacherous ribbon of pavement with 99 corners and huge cliffs.