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Volkswagen is attempting a course record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed – a famous motorsport revival in southern England.

Its ID.R electric race car – driven by the French driver Romain Dumas – will take aim at the record, which has stood for exactly 20 years.

Back in 1999, race driver Nick Heidfeld set the fastest time of 41.6 seconds in a Formula 1 car.

At last year’s Festival, the ID.R set a new record for electric cars. It was the third fastest time in the history of the event.

Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets, says: “A change is taking place in the field of production vehicles and in motorsport. Electric cars are becoming increasingly more powerful and have long since reached the same level as cars with combustion engines in many areas.”

He adds: “In Goodwood, we want to show that the electric drivetrain in the ID.R can mix it with Formula 1. However, whether or not Romain Dumas can successfully challenge Nick Heidfeld’s track record also depends on the conditions at the weekend.”

François-Xavier Demaison, Technical Director at Volkswagen Motorsport, adds: “In Goodwood, the only things that count are maximum power and minimum weight. With drive on board, the ID.R weighs less than 1,000 kilograms.”

The ID.R covered roughly 20 kilometres when it set the all-time record at the ‘Race to the Clouds’ on Pikes Peak (USA) in June 2018 and the electric record at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. That’s more than ten times the length of the route at the Festival of Speed.

Away from the track VW will also be offering the 200,000 plus spectators a first view of the ID.3 electric car.

Auto Futures will also be in attendance and will bring you coverage of the event.

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