As if a Pikes Peak record wasn't enough.
Not content with smashing the overall record at Pikes Peak a few weeks ago, Volkswagen took its I.D. R hillclimb monster to the Goodwood Festival of Speed last weekend with its sights firmly set on the electric record in the event's hillclimb competition.
Of course, it went to Colorado with the EV record in its crosshairs, only to smash the overall benchmark, so many eyes were on Romain Dumas and the Le Mans prototype-esque machine when it went up the Duke of Richmond's driveway over the weekend.
The overall Goodwood hillclimb record was set by Nick Heidfeld back in 1999. The then McLaren test driver took the 1998 Formula 1 world championship-winning McLaren MP4-13 up the course in 41.6 seconds. Since then, F1 cars haven't been allowed to make timed runs up the hill on safety grounds and the record hasn't been beaten. The closest anyone has come was Graeme Wight, Jr. in 2003 when he did a time of 42.9 seconds in a Gould GR51 hillclimb single seater.
The electric record was set by Jonny Cocker in the 850bhp Lola-Drayson B12 69/EV in 2013, with a time of 47.34 seconds.
During qualifying Dumas set a time of 43.05 seconds up the 1.16-mile course, easily beating Cocker's record. However, during the hotter Sunday shootout run – the run that mattered, Dumas was slightly slower at 43.86 seconds, which was still enough to take the electric car crown.
Ultimately the top spot in the record books proved to be just out of reach. One car that perhaps could have stolen McLaren's crown was the Porsche 919 Evo.
The record-breaking prototype from the Volkswagen sister brand was at the Festival of Speed, but Porsche turned down the opportunity to the make a timed run up the hill. Instead the car completed high-speed demonstration runs throughout the weekend with ex-Porsche World Endurance Championship racer Neel Jani behind the wheel.