The ID.R is Coming Back to Goodwood in October!

Kind of a bad news/ good news story here:

The bad news: A pandemic has ripped through the world causing the cancelation of countless events, keeping us all indoors, and leading to the deaths of hundreds of thousands at the hands of the banana Republicans. More specifically, though much, much less horrifically, it also led to the cancelation of both the Goodwood Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival.

The good news: The organizers of both Goodwood events have decided to put on one big week of exhibitions to make up for the two missed events. Goodwood SpeedWeek—I don’t know why they chose to stylize it that way, either—will take place between October 16 and 18th, so it should really be SpeedWeekend, but whatever. Best of all, Volkswagen will bring the ID.R to the event.

The bad news: Volkswagen has already taken the ID.R to Goodwood twice before, setting the overall record of just under 40 seconds. That time makes it faster than a V10 Formula 1 car and VW keeps making it faster. Unfortunately, the ID.R won’t get a chance to improve on its record.

The good news: The reason the ID.R won’t be able to set a new record is that it won’t be running the Hillclimb course. In fact, if you were worried that all you’d get to see of the car is its 40-second record-attempt, then fear not, because you’ll get much more time with the car! The ID.R will be running at the 3.8 km (2.3-mile) Goodwood Motor Circuit. That’s the one you see all those videos of rich people running wheel-to-wheel in million-dollar classics. The good Goodwood.

The more good news: It sounds like VW will be interested in setting another record at the track, which they’ve been pretty good at doing so far. With records on three continents, the ID.R currently holds the out and out records at Pikes Peak in the USA; at Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, China; and of course at Goodwood’s Hillclimb course in the UK. It also holds the electric record at the Nurburgring.

The bad news: While we’re always excited to see new records being set, the current record at Goodwood Motor Circuit of 1:20.4 seconds is co-held by Jim Clark and Jackie Steward. They set the equal times in 1965 at an unofficial Formula 1 race, which is just kind of fun and we’ll be kind of sad to see a 55 year-old record held by two of motor racings most towering figures toppled.

“For decades, Goodwood has been a real attraction for motorsport enthusiasts all over the world, and we are delighted that the organizers have launched SpeedWeek in these very challenging times,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. “As one of the few automobile events to take place this year, SpeedWeek offers extensive coverage. This way, we can once again demonstrate the fantastic development of electromobility at Volkswagen to an audience of millions, even if it can unfortunately only be on TV and via livestream this time.”