McMurtry Speirling breaks Goodwood hillclimb record

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McMurtry’s tiny electric rocket ship gets to the Goodwood finish line in just 39.08 seconds.

British motorsport outfit McMurtry Automotive has smashed the record Goodwood Hillclimb time with its outlandish ground-effect Speirling EV.

The tiny single-seater – which uses an innovative underbody fan to maximise downforce – was 0.8 seconds quicker up the hill than the previous record holder, Volkswagen’s ID R EV racer, stopping the clock at a blistering 39.08 seconds.

Ex-Marussia F1 driver Max Chilton was at the wheel for the record run (which you can watch above), during the official Sunday afternoon timed shoot-out. He had earlier gone up the hill in 39.14 seconds, so had already beaten the ID R.

McMurtry announced it was going for the record time last week with the super-lightweight machine, which measures just 3200mm long and – crucially – 1500mm wide, which gives it an edge on the tight Goodwood course over more potent but wider rivals.

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Ultimately, the Spéirling was roughly six seconds quicker up the hill than the 1471kW Ford Supervan 4, 800kW Porsche GT4 E-Performance, and even a 1993 Jaguar XJR-12D Le Mans prototype.

McMurtry has yet to provide full technical details of the Spéirling, but says it packs 745kW and weighs less than 1000kg, giving a power-to-weight ratio 40 per cent better than that of even the Bugatti Chiron. As a result, it is claimed to rocket from 0-300km/h in just 9.0 seconds.

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