This Record-Breaking EV Shows Electric Cars Could Soon Dominate Racing

The Goodwood Festival of Speed in the UK is rapidly becoming a key event for electric cars, but this year was particularly momentous. An EV has broken the record for the legendary hillclimb, which had stood since 1999. Called the McMurtry Spéirling, it shows how close electric vehicles are getting to rendering fossil fuel obsolete even at the performance pinnacle of four-wheel technology.

The previous official Goodwood record was set in 1999 by a McLaren MP4/13 Formula 1 racecar driven by Nick Heidfeld. This was the car that had won the Formula 1 Championship in 1998 in the hands of Mika Häkkinen, so its performance credentials are without question. It’s also telling that an unofficial run by the all-electric Volkswagen ID.R in 2019 also beat the McLaren’s record, but rain on the official Sunday race meant that it couldn’t repeat its prowess in Qualifying during the actual race, so its speed doesn’t stand in the record books.

The McMurtry Spéirling is certainly a unique vehicle. When I first encountered it at the Salon Prive show in London’s Blenheim Palace in 2021, I initially thought it was a Batmobile-inspired toy car aimed at children. But a long chat with the Managing Director of the company made me realize its intentions were entirely serious. The Spéirling has been designed to overturn all the myths about electric vehicles for racing, creating a series car that can go up against the best fossil fuel-powered cars and win.

Read more: Forbes

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