RE: VW ID.R breaks outright Goodwood record

RE: VW ID.R breaks outright Goodwood record

Sunday 7th July

VW ID.R breaks outright Goodwood record - again!

Romain Dumas goes faster still up the world famous hill, breaking the 40-second barrier



Well, don’t say we didn’t warn you! The previous Goodwood record may have stood for 20 years, but this one barely stood for 20 hours as Romain Dumas smashed his own the benchmark time at the Festival of Speed yesterday.

The Frenchman had managed to take just 00:00:42 seconds out of Nick Heidfeld’s two-decade-old record on Friday, but following a good night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast he went and found a further 00:01:28 seconds during Saturday’s timed runs. 

Driving at what seemed to be the absolute limit, both of the track and the machine, Dumas’ new time of 00:39:90 looks like a mightily hard one to beat. Although, his Volkswagen ID.R’s speed across the finish line has been around 10mph down on its rivals, meaning there is still room for further improvement yet. 

Check out the video of the new record-breaking run below. And keep your eyes peeled; with one final timed run to come on Sunday, we may still be updating this article once more this weekend…

 

ORIGINAL STORY - 05.07.19

It's only gone and done it. Nick Heidfeld's 20-year old Goodwood hillclimb record has finally fallen, not to another sonorous F1 machine - if those even exist anymore - but to VW's all-conquering ID.R.

The bespoke EV found fame last year, when it set a new electric record at Colorado's Pikes Peak hillclimb, and came to the Festival of Speed fresh from smashing yet another barrier, that of the fastest ever electric car to lap the Nurburgring Nordschleife. While perhaps not as big a scalp as its previous two accomplishments, then, its feat at Goodwood is noteworthy for being an outright, overall, heavyweight champion of the world title, beating times set not just by other EVs, but by petrol, diesel, steam and pedal (we assume) powered machines as well.


And the new benchmark? That'll be 0:41:18 seconds, besting Heidfeld's MP4/13 time of 0:41:60 by the slimmest of margins. The driver who can now dine out on stories of his derring-do is of course two-time Le Mans winner Romain Dumas, who has piloted the ID.R throughout its record setting life. Dumas averaged a speed of 101.4mph up the hillclimb route, more than living up to the festivals 2019 theme of 'Speed Kings, Motorsport Record Breakers'.

Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets said of the accomplishment: "The Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb is one of the most iconic hillclimbs in the world. The track is so narrow and difficult to master, with zero room for error. Dumas and the whole Volkswagen team performed flawlessly to set the record. A change is taking place in the field of production vehicles and in motorsport. Electric cars are becoming increasingly more powerful and it's great to see them now rivalling combustion engines on track. To get an idea of how far we've developed the car, in 2018 we ran a 00:43.86 - this year we were almost three seconds faster." With two days of the FoS yet to run, the question must now surely be whether it can go quicker still... For now, though, huge PH congratulations to everyone involved.

 

 

 

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Nerdherder

Original Poster:

860 posts

40 months

Friday 5th July
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They should stick on a couple of Tesla coils so it can shoot lightning bolts for added drama.

DoubleD

8,352 posts

51 months

Friday 5th July
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I wonder what a modern F1 car could do.

tr3a

224 posts

170 months

Friday 5th July
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How delightfully predictable.

EV's are just superior cars. The only things they don't do well is make brmm-brmm noises, burn chemicals inefficiently and poison us.

DoubleD

8,352 posts

51 months

Friday 5th July
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tr3a said:
How delightfully predictable.

EV's are just superior cars. The only things they don't do well is make brmm-brmm noises, burn chemicals inefficiently and poison us.
Yeah, electric cars are perfect...........

J4CKO

27,677 posts

143 months

Friday 5th July
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tr3a said:
How delightfully predictable.

EV's are just superior cars. The only things they don't do well is make brmm-brmm noises, burn chemicals inefficiently and poison us.
Yep, they are but we like the slow, flawed, poisonous, noisy incense burners, and somewhat fantastically we dont actually have to choose a side, can like both !
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GranCab

1,496 posts

89 months

Friday 5th July
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tr3a said:
How delightfully predictable.

EV's are just superior cars. The only things they don't do well is make brmm-brmm noises, burn chemicals inefficiently and poison us.
Hmmmm .....

jonnM

1,100 posts

82 months

Friday 5th July
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Sounds like a fking milk float

130R

5,952 posts

149 months

Friday 5th July
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tr3a said:
EV's are just superior cars.
At least until a dinosaur powered LMP1 or F1 car bothers to turn up and wipes the floor with it

Edmundo2

793 posts

153 months

Friday 5th July
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Or a current British Hillclimb front runner - using a petrol engine and costing less than £100k...


130R said:
tr3a said:
EV's are just superior cars.
At least until a dinosaur powered LMP1 or F1 car bothers to turn up and wipes the floor with it

swamp

749 posts

132 months

Friday 5th July
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I saw this fly past at Goodwood today. Glad I saw a record being made!

Cold

6,987 posts

33 months

Friday 5th July
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Have there been many serious attempts at this record since Heidfeld's run?

williamp

16,492 posts

216 months

Friday 5th July
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How dull. Any of the F1 cars, the LMP1 toyota or Porsche or audi or even, possibly the bykolles could have done it from thd past 10 years...

...but to beat Heidfelds record was considered too dangerous...too fast...

..now VW pay his lordship enough cash and get to say they are the fastest. Nobody will be allowed to beat this for a while. Its not safe, you see...


For many years I have disliked goodwood and its relentless grab for cash. This just reinforces my feelings. So to VW, and Lord March: " So what"????

stevemcs

3,098 posts

36 months

Friday 5th July
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How about letting the 919 Evo have a crack

CABC

2,552 posts

44 months

Friday 5th July
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  • pedant alert*.
Nick H is still the record holder....

robsprocket

45 posts

121 months

Friday 5th July
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tr3a said:
How delightfully predictable.

EV's are just superior cars. The only things they don't do well is make brmm-brmm noises, burn chemicals inefficiently and poison us.
Really? Lets see it do an F1 race distance around Silverstone without refuelling (battery change). lol.

Max_Torque

13,709 posts

160 months

Friday 5th July
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Edmundo2 said:
Or a current British Hillclimb front runner - using a petrol engine and costing less than £100k...


130R said:
tr3a said:
EV's are just superior cars.
At least until a dinosaur powered LMP1 or F1 car bothers to turn up and wipes the floor with it
Whats the downforce to mass ratio on a top UK hill climber, and the power to weight? The IDR gets off the line like, well, one of those radio controlled cars you used to drive as a kid!

BricktopST205

527 posts

77 months

Friday 5th July
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williamp said:
How dull. Any of the F1 cars, the LMP1 toyota or Porsche or audi or even, possibly the bykolles could have done it from thd past 10 years...

...but to beat Heidfelds record was considered too dangerous...too fast...

..now VW pay his lordship enough cash and get to say they are the fastest. Nobody will be allowed to beat this for a while. Its not safe, you see...


For many years I have disliked goodwood and its relentless grab for cash. This just reinforces my feelings. So to VW, and Lord March: " So what"????
They even mentioned in the feed that part of the course has been re-tarmaced since last year and are really pushing the EV theme this year. The car also had its batteries removed so it just had enough juice to make it up the hill.

I can remember vividly at the Fos 17. F641 going up with that glorious V12 noise, followed by the equally glorious V10 FW14. Hell even the modern V6T was just about bearable. Then one of those new formula-E things come up the hill and everyone just looked at each other and went meh.

paulw123

689 posts

133 months

Friday 5th July
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So why is this safe to go for the record but a F1 car not?

RDMcG

13,249 posts

150 months

Friday 5th July
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I( saw this at the Nürburgring when it did its 6:05 run.

I am a confirmed IC fan and have been forever, but I have no doubt that this is the future. I am aware of all of the flaws, faults,challenges, but if you were driving a car in 1905 you would have had many people laughing at its inefficiency.
For now I will enjoy my IC cars, but I know its the closing stages on the era.

It sure was fun, though.......years and years of it.

DoubleD

8,352 posts

51 months

Friday 5th July
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RDMcG said:
I( saw this at the Nürburgring when it did its 6:05 run.

I am a confirmed IC fan and have been forever, but I have no doubt that this is the future. I am aware of all of the flaws, faults,challenges, but if you were driving a car in 1905 you would have had many people laughing at its inefficiency.
For now I will enjoy my IC cars, but I know its the closing stages on the era.

It sure was fun, though.......years and years of it.
Electric cars have been around for as long as petrol cars