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08 Jul 19
Watch VW's epic ID R take on a V10 Formula One car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Still think electric cars are slow? Think again.
After 20 years at the top of the Goodwood Festival of Speed hill climb leaderboard, the record, set by Nick Heidfeld behind the wheel of the V10 McLaren Mercedes MP4/13 in 1999 has officially been smashed to pieces....by an electric car.
Topping the former record of 41.6 seconds, the all-electric VW ID.R initially crossed the line at the top of the famed Goodwood driveway in 41.18 seconds before setting the record again with 39.90 seconds. Behind the wheel was Le Mans and Pikes Peak hill climb winner Romain Dumas, fresh from setting the electric car lap record at the infamous Nurburgring.
The 671bhp ID.R becomes the first electric car to top the timesheets overall in the history of the festival, laying down the gauntlet for other EVs.