Modernization: On Saturday at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, McMurty Speirling completed a climb attempt in 40.56 seconds. This is second behind the Volkswagen IDR, which climbed Goodwood Hill in 39.9 seconds.
Just last week, British EV brand McMurtry Automotive announced it was returning to Goodwood to attempt to break the mountaineering record set by Volkswagen IDR. A strange looking little Batmobile called the Spéirling.
In a bold attempt during the 2022 Goodwood Festival of Speed, the Adorable Short Electric Fan Car came close to the time of a Volkswagen electric race car but ultimately failed to break the record. The video at the top of this page shows the ship McMurtry Spéirling crossing the famous Goodwood Hills in 41.29 seconds.
Notably, the Volkswagen ID R set the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed on fire. Complete the climb in 39.90 seconds with Romain Dumas at the wheel. She broke her own record the previous year and eventually wrote her name in the history books by setting a public record.
As of this writing, McMurtry Spéirling’s attempt was second fastest overall at 41.29 seconds, despite failing to beat a Volkswagen. It beats the 41.60 second time set by the 1999 McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13.
It was Max Chilton, a former Formula 1 driver, driving Spurling at Goodwood that year. He also led the development of the electric car fan.
The McMurtry Spéirling is a single-seat, all-electric vehicle with a power-to-weight ratio of 1,000 hp/ton at just under 1,000 kg (2,205 lb). It can sprint up to 60 mph (97 km/h) in less than 1.5 seconds – faster than Bugatti Chiron.
It uses a dual fan system that pulls air in from under the vehicle, allowing the track to apply 4,409 lb (2,000 kg) of downforce when needed – twice its own weight. At 150 mph (241 km/h), the Spéirling generates more downforce than an F1 car.
Live Photos: Jeff Perez for Motor1.com
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