VW to tackle Festival of Speed hillclimb with Pikes Peak record car

Volkswagen has entered the Goodwood Festival of Speed hillclimb with its all-electric I.D. R that smashed Sebastien Loeb's outright Pikes Peak record last month

VW to tackle Festival of Speed hillclimb with Pikes Peak record car

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Romain Dumas will again drive the 500kW, 680bhp four-wheel-drive sports prototype, and the manufacturer has repeated its message from Pikes Peak that the electric vehicle record at Goodwood is its target - rather than the outright fastest time.

Dumas recorded a maiden high-profile victory for an electric car in open-class competition at Pikes Peak last month in the I.D R, which technical chief Willy Rampf said "has the most downforce of any car I've worked on".

Goodwood's current EV record is 47.34 seconds, recorded by Jonny Cocker in a Lola-Drayson B12 69/EV.

The outright record is held by Nick Heidfeld, who completed a run in 41.6 seconds at the wheel of a McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 Formula 1 car in 1999.

"I am really looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the I.D. R Pikes Peak at the Goodwood Festival of Speed," said Dumas.

"The race in Duke of Richmond's estate is a very special event that is steeped in tradition.

"The I.D. R Pikes Peak may still be very young, but the record-breaking run on Pikes Peak has already made it a living legend."

When asked about an attack on Goodwood's records after his Pikes Peak triumph, Dumas told Autosport: "I think the electric vehicle record, we can go for this.

"But what is the [outright] record? It's Nick Heidfeld in McLaren, so he had 800bhp and half of our weight. It could be difficult, but let's see.

"This car in the corners, with the downforce we have, it's the best you can have apart from a Formula 1 car."

The 40-year-old Frenchman cleared Pikes Peak's 156 corners and 12.42 miles in a time of 7m57.148s, significantly undercutting Loeb's 2013 effort of 8m13.878s - a time he set in a 3.2-litre twin-turbo Peugeot 208 T16.

The Festival of Speed will form part of the car and driver's celebratory tour.

"I still get goosebumps when I think about the magnificent success on Pikes Peak," said Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets.

"However, that race is history now. "We are looking ahead, and looking forward to showing European fans the I.D. R Pikes Peak."

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