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Volkswagen ID.R aims for new Goodwood record

The flagship vehicle for Volkswagen’s all-electric ID. range, the ID.R racing car, will take part in the Goodwood SpeedWeek between 16 and 18 October, aiming to break the Goodwood circuit’s lap record.

The ID.R currently holds four records on three continents: as well as all-time records on the Goodwood Hill (recorded during the Goodwood Festival of Speed), at Pikes Peak in Colorado (USA) and Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie (China). It also holds the lap record for electric cars on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife in Germany.

After the coronavirus pandemic caused the cancellation of both the Goodwood Festival of Speed (FoS) and the Goodwood Revival, the organisers have launched a new event, Goodwood SpeedWeek, at which historic race cars will meet present vehicles and visions of the future. The SpeedWeek event, at Goodwood Motor Circuit near Chichester, is a three-day automotive festival taking place behind closed doors, but with extensive digital reporting, including multiple livestreams.

Volkswagen Motorsport director Sven Smeets said: “For decades, Goodwood has been a real attraction for motorsport enthusiasts all over the world, and we are delighted that the organisers have launched SpeedWeek in these very challenging times. 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.”

The 500kW (670BHP) ID.R will attempt to add the lap record for the 3.809km Goodwood Circuit. The current record of 1:20.4 minutes was set by Formula 1 drivers Jim Clark and Jackie Stewart in an unofficial F1 race in 1965.

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