Volkswagen electrifies Goodwood's all-time hill record


Volkswagen's ID.R electric-powered race auto climbed the Goodwood Hill faster than any vehicle, including Formula 1 cars, to break the 20-year-old record by almost 2 seconds on this past weekend.

Set at the very end of Saturday just gone, the electric machine set a sensational 30.90-second time along the 1.16-mile tarmac stretch with Le Mans victor Romain Dumas at the helm. That's 1.7 seconds quicker than the previous record, which was set 20-years ago by a McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 Formula One vehicle.

Remember when we said that Volkswagen isn't done yet in setting a record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed? Dumas then broke his own record the following day by completing the track in 39.90 seconds.

VW doesn't have any production plans for the ID.R, but the company is using the electric race auto to tout its upcoming range of electric vehicles.

The previous record had been held by driver Nick Heidfeld.

The ID.R was created by Volkswagen in 2018 with the initial goal to mark the Germans' return to the Pikes Peak hill climb event. The previous record was set in 2017 by Peter Dumbreck, who was driving a Nio electric vehicle. It was outfitted with smaller battery than what it used on Pikes Peak International Hill Climb and Nurburgring. It has taken 20 years for the record to be broken, with the ID. The company has chose to prepare some of them for production, beginning with the ID.3.

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.

Bottom line: Electric vehicles are the future of the automotive industry and VW just proved it again with a record-setting run up the famed hill climb.

Volkswagen plans to add over 20 full-electric models to its collection, with an aim of selling 1 million of them per year by 2025.