The ID.R Breaks the Goodwood Hillclimb Record Again, Beats F1 Car by Two Seconds

On Friday, we reported that Volkswagen had broken the Hillclimb record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. A day later, the ID.R went faster still.

In 1999, Nick Heidfeld ran up the Hillclimb course in just 41.6 seconds and for 20 years it went unbeaten. Until, on Friday, Romain Dumas ran up the Lord March’s driveway in just 41.1 seconds.

That record was set during a regular demonstration run up the hill, though, and Dumas was quick to say that he and the team would be looking to go even faster during the Supercar Shootout on Saturday.

And indeed, they did. On Friday, a still somewhat coy Dumas said that the team was hoping to break into the 40s. Although he seemed confident that the car could do it, he said he wasn’t sure if the car would be in the low or the high 40s.

As it transpired, it was neither. In fact, Dumas managed to break into the 39s, making it the first ever vehicle to set a sub-40-second run at the now famous festival with an officially timed run of 39.9 seconds.

“I am very proud to have set the all-time record in Goodwood with the ID.R. The short Hillclimb is a very special challenge,” said Dumas. “Because the track is so short, I could not afford to make even the slightest mistake, and every aspect of the fine-tuning of the ID.R had to be perfect. That was particularly challenging, as we were not able to test on the route beforehand.”

The ID.R has now set overall records at Pikes Peak and Goodwood, as well as the electric record (and second overall) at the Nurburgring. Next, VW is sending the ID.R to China to let it run the insane Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road.