The Winner Of The Goodwood Hill Climb Was A Volkswagen EV

Hill Climb

But this wasn't just any electric car.

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is, at its core, a celebration of internal combustion. That may soon change. On the final day of the annual event, a timed run up the hill takes place, and many of the world’s fastest cars take part. This writer, for example, experienced the hill climb in a McLaren Senna. But it wasn’t the Senna that took home the trophy for this year’s fastest car. It was the Volkswagen I.D. R electric car, the very same race car that smashed Pikes Peak Hill Climb record a few weeks ago.

Once again piloted by Romain Dumas (who’s also won Le Mans), the I.D. R clocked a winning time of 43.86 seconds. For better or worse (depending on whom you ask), the second-best time of the day was another electric car, the Nio EP9 production prototype. It posted a time of 44.32 seconds, but it does weigh more (1,763 lbs) than the VW. Okay, so did any internal combustion engined car make the top three? Yes, that would be the BMW E36 M3 driven by two-time European hill climb champion Joerg Weidinger. Fourth place finish was awarded to the Jaguar XJR 12D IMSSA endurance racer.

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The rest of the top 10 were: a 1993 Penske-Chevrolet PC22 IndyCar, a Lola-Chevrolet T400, a Toyota Tundra NASCAR truck (seriously!), Carlin F3 car, the Toyota Celica Pikes Peak, and a BMW M4 DTM. The supercar race was won by a BAC Mono, followed by the Ford GT, and the Aston Martin Vulcan AMR. Compared to traditional combustion, instant torque from electric motors does have many advantages when it comes to tackling a short sprint up a hill.

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