Volkswagen electric ID R race car broke the Goodwood Hill Climb record on Saturday. The vehicle has completed 9.9-second run up the infamous English circuit and breaks its own record twice. The automaker’s D.R racer car is driven by Romain Dumas and he has returned to this year’s festival in grand style. He had broken the record by completing the 1.86-kilometer track (1.15 miles) at Goodwood in the south of England in 41.18 seconds.
By the following day, Dumas then broke his own record the completing the track in 39.90 seconds. The previous record at the famous hill climb was set in 1999 by Nick Heidfeld. He was driving a 780-horsepower McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 with a combustion engine. Heidfeld completed the run in 41.6 seconds, the record was set in 1999, the technology was not so advanced back then but still, it did well. The Volkswagen ID R and Dumas have been on a tear as of late setting records at Nürburgring-Nordschleife and Pikes Peak.
Moreover, the ID R set a new electric vehicle lap record at Nürburgring-Nordschleife by completing the course in 6:05.336 minutes. The previous record was set in 2017 by Peter Dumbreck, who was driving a Nio electric vehicle. The Volkswagen electric ID R is manufactured and modified in such a way that it will do well at the Goodwood hill climb. A vehicle was outfitted with a smaller battery helps to reduce the weight, and the power output was optimized for the short sprint, whereas a drag reduction system designed for high-speed sections of the Nürburgring.
The company has been showing off its ID line of concept electric vehicles for many years. The company has decided to prepare some of them for production, beginning with the ID.3. VW aims to sell 100,000 ID.3 vehicles annually. Although, the ID.3 hatchback is the first model to be manufactured on the automaker’s new Modular Electric Drive Toolkit, or MEB, electric-car architecture.
MEB is a flexible modular system that was introduced in 2016, a significant matrix of common parts for producing electric vehicles that VW says makes it more efficient and cost-effective. VW plans to have a portfolio of more than 20 full-electric models. The automaker’s goal is to sell 1 million electric vehicles annually by 2025.
By keeping in mind, VW’s and other record-breaking runs is an ultimately a media campaign. VW wants to show that it’s a big supporter of electric cars and that its diesel emissions scandals are firmly in the past. Few things demonstrated to prove the point that EVs can outperform gas-guzzlers in some of the toughest motorsport challenges on the planet.