Volkswagen I.D. R Sets Electric Record On Goodwood Hillclimb

The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak racer has (unsurprisingly) set a new electric car record up the hillclimb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

Leading into this weekend’s event, the fastest EV to run up Lord March’s driveway was the Lola-Drayson B12 69/EV piloted by Jonny Cocker up the hillclimb in 2013 in a brisk 47.34 seconds.

Fresh off his triumph behind the wheel of the I.D. R at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Romain Dumas set a blistering time of 43.05 seconds. Remarkably, this time was set during practice for the final shootout set to be held on the final afternoon of the event.

If Dumas wants to set an outright record, he’ll have to beat the incredible time of 41.6 seconds set by Nick Heidfeld in a McLaren MP4/13 Formula 1 car back in 1999. Doing so will be exceptionally difficult but it’s not beyond the realm of possibility.

Once you learn of the I.D. R’s specs and see its crazy aerodynamics in person, it’s really no surprise that it is as fast as it is.

Powering the car are a pair of electric motors pumping out 680 hp and 480 lb-ft and funneling grunt through the rear wheels. The car can reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 2.25 seconds and, even more impressively, go around corners at a truly frightening pace because of its immense levels of downforce.

At Goodwood, the Nio EP9 running on slicks also set a new street-legal record for the event with a time of 44.61 seconds.


  • Six_Tymes

    impressive to be sure. its also amazing that Nick Heidfeld’s record that was set back in 1999 still stands.

    • To be fair Goodwood people keep it that way, there is a lot of cars that can beat 99 record. It’s just most of them is too obscure, and Goodwood of course want to add show and glamour.

  • Dude

    Wonderful news. Id still never buy/drive a shyttie VW product, ever in my lifetime.

  • Ilbirs

    Can’t wait to see in how much time this thing will go from Bridge to Gantry.

  • TheHake

    I don’t care how fast they are, I just can not get excited about that electric motor whine.

    • That’s the easiest problem of all. Artificial noise, and if that’s a concept that bothers you, then don’t buy an M5 either…

      • TheHake

        I’ll just have an RS6. No need for any enhancement on the sound AT ALL!

    • Vassilis

      I get you man. I’m all for speed but seriously, watching the video, I got a little bored a few seconds in.

      • TheHake

        It’s like watching a fly… they are quick as well, but not entertaining. Sounds the same.

    • dubfun

      A baseball card in the spokes will solve that problem.

      • TheHake

        For this thing only a Mickey Mantle will do…

  • It is impressive but apparently not the maximum effort, the car motor is designed for much longer pikes peak, for shorter Goodwood they could have made the motor work harder because of short distance. I talk to the mechanic before the shootout and Dumas said he is sure he can cut 1,5-2 seconds from the Qualifying, which is sadly isn’t happening.

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