A unique electric car has broken the speed record on the 2022 Goodwood Hillclimb Trackan annual demonstration of racing vehicles in the UK.
Driven by ex-F2 driver Max Chilton, the so-called McMurtry Spierling set a new record of 39.08 seconds on the 1.86 km course. This shaved about 0.8 seconds off the previous record holder, the Volkswagen ID.R.
And, for your enjoyment, here’s footage of the Spierling breaking the record:
The ’90s Batmobile-esque design isn’t the Spierling’s only distinguishing element. The racing vehicle is also a fan car — an additional technology that enhances motorsport haven’t seen you for a while†
A fan is mounted under the car, which sucks air out from below and pushes it out the rear of the vehicle, a bit like a vacuum. This results in an incredibly efficient downforce – 2,000 kg to be exact.
And the best part? This downward force does not scale with speed, it is available at any rate thanks to the action of the fan.
Speaking of speed, the Spierling is impressively fast. It accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 1.5 seconds and reaches 241 km/h during the race.
Here’s Thomas Yates, founder of McMurtry, sharing more details on the car’s specs:
If you already love the Spierling, you’ll be happy to hear that a production version is already in the works. God, I can’t wait.