Update: On Saturday at the Goodwood Festival Of Speed, McMurty Speirling recorded a ground attempt of 40,056 seconds. This is the second time in history behind Volkswagen ID.R, which climbed the Goodwood hill in 39.9 seconds.
Just last week, the British EV brand McMurtry Automotive announced that it was returning to Goodwood to try to break the record for standing ground climbing set by Volkswagen IDR. The contender? A strange mini Batmobile called Spéirling.
In a valiant attempt at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2022, the adorable short electric fan car went close to the time of the electric VW race car, but ultimately failed to break the record. The video at the top of this page shows McMurtry Spéirling completing the famous hills of Goodwood in 41.29 seconds.
Note that the Volkswagen ID R has set the Goodwood Festival of Speed on fire in 2019 by completing the 39.90-second ascent with Romain Dumas at the helm. It broke its own record that was set the year before, and finally etched its name in the history books by setting a total record.
As of this writing, McMurtry Spéirling’s 41.29-second attempt stands as the second fastest overall, despite failing to beat Volkswagen. It has surpassed the time of 41.60 seconds set by the McLaren-Mercedes MP4 / 13 in 1999.
The former F1 driver Max Chilton was the one who piloted Spéirling on this year’s Goodwood. He also led the development of the electric fan car.
The McMurtry Spéirling is a single-seater, pure electric tracked vehicle that has a power-to-weight ratio of 1000 hp / ton with a weight of less than 2205 pounds (1000 kilograms). It can sprint to 60 miles per hour (97 kilometers per hour) in less than 1.5 seconds – faster than a Bugatti Chiron.
It uses a system of double fans that draw air from under the car, so that the track toy can use 2000 kg downforce on request – double its own weight. At 150 mph (241 km / h), the Spéirling produces more downforce than an F1 car.
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