If you’ve paid any attention to this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed action, you’ll have likely heard of this car; the Volkswagen ID R. The Volkswagen blasted up the Goodwood hillclimb in a blistering time of 39.9 seconds, beating the 20 year all-time record set by the McLaren MP4/13 in 1999. This is not the first time the all-electric racer has been in the record books. In June of 2018 it beat the overall record for the Pike’s Peak hillclimb, previously held by Peugeot. Just a year later, in June 2019 the car set a new EV record for the Nurburgring with a time of 6:05.336. And just recently, the Goodwood FOS record, as mentioned earlier.
So, what exactly is this crazy machine collecting these records? Following the emissions scandal involving Volkswagen, they have moved to something that does not need to worry about emissions. The car features 2 electric motors, one on each axle, which put out 680 hp and 649 Newton meters of torque (478 ft-lb). It is said that the car that set the sub 1:40 time on the FOS hillclimb was specially modified for this track. According to François-Xavier Demaison, technical director at Volkswagen Motorsport, the car had a smaller battery than the one used at the Nurburgring, and an optimised power output. This smaller battery gives the car a weight of less than 1,000kg including the weight of the driver on board.
These records and showings of speed prove that electric cars no longer suffer with the problem of being too slow. With other cars, such as the NIO EP9 proving themselves just as fast as the petrol-powered counterparts, and seeing the increasing popularity of Formula E, electric manufacturers seem to be putting our electric racing worries to rest. With these not being road-legal, cars like the Rimac Concept 1 and 2, paired with the Tesla Roadster and other Tesla models that can be driven on the road, the future now seems more electric than ever.