The Volkswagen ID R adds to its tally of performance records by taking the all time record for the Hillclimb run at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.
Updated: The VW ID R has already broken its own record on the Goodwood FoS Hillcimb, recording a time of 39.9 seconds. We’ve updated the video below to show the new record run.
Volkswagen are on a mission not just to re-invent themselves as a maker of environmentally-friendly electric cars as penance for Dieslegate, with huge plans to deliver a swathe of new EVs in the coming years – whether you want an EV or no – but to prove electric cars can be interesting and exciting too.
So VW created the ID R, an electric ‘Racer’, and they’ve been busy turning up at ‘Speed’ events around the world to prove that nothing does performance better than electric.
Now, having not been entirely happy that all they managed at last year’s Goodwood was to beat the EV record, Volkswagen has been back to Goodwood and set an all time record up the Hillcimb in the ID R.
Driven by Romain Dumas, the ID R finally broke the record set in 1999 by Nick Heidfeld in a McLaren MP4/13 F1 car with a time of 41.18 second, just 0.5 seconds quicker than Heidfeld’s record.
Somehow, especially as F1 cars are no longer timed on the Hillclimb, we can’t see an ICE car ever taking the record back.
It’s the era of the Performance EV.