That’s all for Volkswagen with a record ID.R in Goodwood. In this year’s edition of the High Speed Festival on the basis of the Duke of Richmond, former Formula 1 driver Max Chilton defeated Volkswagen Romain driver Dumas for the best time to climb a mountain.
In the McMurty Speirling electric model, Chilton completed the 1.86-kilometer course in 39.08 seconds. In 2019, Dumas needed 39.90 seconds on the Volkswagen ID.
However, the McMurty Speirling electric drive is much sharper than the ID.R. One thin set is driven by two electric motors on the rear axle, which, according to the manufacturer, should provide more than 1,000 hp. And that weighing less than 1000 kg. Results: run from 0 to 100 km / h in 1.5 seconds.
But when the model is accelerating, it benefits from a completely different technical approach: Two fans absorb air from the bottom of the vehicle and thus produce less than 2,000 kilograms of power even when stopped.
“Regular power reduction is an innovative feature that you can use as a driver,” explains Max Chilton. “It’s very different from what I’m used to from Formula 1 and IndyCar, and in the experiment I had to adjust my driving style to increase performance.”
The idea is not new: a fan remembers Niki Laudas Brabham at the Swedish GP in 1978. The Austrian won the race with a fan back then. Later, however, a vacuum cleaner was banned.