Romain Dumas broke the 20-year-old record in the ID.R.
Romain Dumas broke the 20-year-old record in the ID.R.
The electric ID.R is the first car to complete the Hillclimb in less than 40 seconds.
The electric ID.R is the first car to complete the Hillclimb in less than 40 seconds.

Goodwood, England - An electric Volkswagen has smashed a hillclimb record set by a McLaren Formula One car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed 20 years ago.

The Volkswagen ID.R race car, which is already the fastest electric car around the Nuerburgring circuit in Germany and quickest car of any kind up the Pikes Peak climb in Colorado, added another record in southern England on Friday.

With two-times Le Mans 24 Hours winner Romain Dumas at the wheel, the car clocked 41.18 seconds.

The previous best of 41.6 seconds was clocked by German ex-Formula One driver Nick Heidfeld in 1999 in the previous year's McLaren MP4/13.

Volkswagen already held the electric record at the Goodwood festival, one of the biggest and best-attended motoring events in Britain, with a time of 43.86 seconds set last year.

“I am very proud to have set the all-time record in Goodwood with the ID.R,” said Dumas.

“The short hillclimb is a very special challenge. Because the track is so short, I could not afford to make even the slightest mistake, and every aspect of the fine-tuning of the ID.R had to be perfect. 

“That was particularly challenging, as we were not able to test on the route beforehand.”

The German carmaker is currently spending billions on electric vehicles as it seeks to rebuild its reputation after a diesel emissions test cheating scandal. Its ID range of passenger cars is set to go on sale from 2020, starting with a Golf-sized hatch called the ID3.

Reuters