ELECTRIC-RACE­CAR OF­FEN­SIVE

Car (South Africa) - - TECH -

If you’re a true petrol­head, the Good­wood Fes­ti­val of Speed is a bucket-list event. Apart from a bliss­ful cel­e­bra­tion of more than a cen­tury of mo­tor­ing, the of­fi­cial timed run up the 1,86 km hill at­tracts a lot of at­ten­tion. This year, not one but two electric cars topped the tim­ing sheets. Se­cond fastest was the NIO EP9 1 000 kw racer that holds the out­right Nür­bur­gring record for pro­duc­tion cars. First-placed was Volk­swa­gen’s I.D. R Pikes Peak, which smashed the all-time record at – as the name sug­gests – Pikes Peak three weeks prior. The I.D. R weighs only 1 100 kg and is pow­ered by two electric mo­tors, one on each axle, de­liv­er­ing a com­bined 510 kw and 649 N.m. That is good enough for a 0-96 km/h sprint time of just 2,25 sec­onds. Never again talk about electric cars as “milk floats”.

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