Volkswagen ID R breaks all-time Goodwood Hillclimb record

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Volkswagen’s ID R has set a new all-time record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Driven by Romain Dumas, the all-electric racer completed the 1.86km track in 39.90 seconds.

The 680ps challenger broke the previous record by 1.7 seconds. The previous record at the famous hill climb was set in 1999 by Nick Heidfeld in a 780ps McLaren- Mercedes MP4/13 with a combustion engine.

Volkswagen Motorsport had systematically modified the ID R for its outing. Among other tweaks, the latest evolution of the EV was lighter than when it set the records on Pikes Peak and at the Nürburgring.

“We used a smaller battery than at the Nürburgring and optimized the power output. As such, the new sprint version of the ID R weighs less than 1,000kg, with the driver on board,” said François-Xavier Demaison, technical director at Volkswagen Motorsport.

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