The I.D. R Pikes Peak has wrapped up its next record. Romain Dumas set a new record for electric cars of 43.86 seconds in Volkswagen’s first fully-electric racing car at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Following the record time at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb just three weeks ago (earlier post), Dumas beat the previous fastest time for electric cars on the Goodwood Hillclimb, which has stood since 2013, by 3.48 seconds.
The all-time Goodwood record still belongs to Nick Heidfeld (D). The former Formula 1 driver completed the 1.86-kilometer route in 41.6 seconds at the wheel of a McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 Formula 1 car in 1999.
Although the route is not even two kilometers long, we once again showed what the I.D. R Pikes Peak is capable of. Volkswagen is committed to electromobility and we want to take every opportunity to show how emotional this topic can be, before Volkswagen launches its first fully-electric range as of 2020.—Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets