The Goodwood Festival of Speed Shootout (England) is an annual attraction in the world of hill climbing. In fact, it is the only event that has no limit in its technical regulations. Like Pikes Peak, all cars can participate. So, in the middle of the cars, the Toyota Hilux T1 + winner of the Dakar 2022 with Nasser Al-Attiyah, a Ford GT40, or a BMW M1 Procar, we will find a small electric car, the McMurtry Spéirling.
Absolutely unknown in France, this car was presented to the public during the 2021 edition of the Festival of Speed and has since benefited from a year of development on British circuits. Visually, the car surprises with its Lilliputian dimensions: 2 m wheelbase, 3.2 m long, 1.5 m wide and 1.05 m high. It looks like a Le Mans 24 Hour Hypercar, but compacted by a hydraulic press!
But what’s even crazier is its big vacuum sound as it spins between straw bales. “The McMurtry Spéirling produces 120 decibels at top speed (241 km / h, limited by the short-speed gearbox. Editor’s note)which is equal to the take-off of a fighter jet “laughs Thomas Yates, the general manager.
It has two electric turbines under its body, such as the illustrious Brabham BT46 that won the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix with Niki Lauda, or the T.50 hypercar designed by Gordon Murray.
The McMurtry Spéirling (meaning “storm” in Ireland) is equipped with a small 60 kWh battery. Barely enough to walk for half an hour. But this does not prevent it from achieving, according to the English start-up, an extraordinary performance: 0 to 60 mph (96 km / h) drops to 1.5 thanks to a weight contained below one tonne.
The level of aerodynamic force is also huge. Thanks to the fans, the Spéirling benefits from about 2,000 kg of aerodynamic force regardless of the speed of the car between 1 km / h and 241 km / h; it is more than a current Formula 1.
Ambition is not lacking in the head of this curious machine, Sir David McMurtry. In addition to the desire to create a design championship on this basis, the Irish billionaire (an estimated fortune of $ 1.7 billion in 2021) wants to break the record set by Romain Dumas and his 500 kW electric Volkswagen ID.R in June 2019 (39 ″ 9).
This crazy bet is about to come true. In practice on Friday (see video above), the car scored 41 ″ 29. This is faster than Nick Heidfeld’s legendary time on his 1999 McLaren MP4 / 13 (41 ″ 6)!
For the past 17 years I have seen countless fast cars going up Goodwood Hill. I’ve never seen anything as fast as the McMurtry Speirling. It’s amazing. pic.twitter.com/HKTgTdoRTv
– 𝔹𝕖𝕧𝕚𝕤 (@denialvibes) June 24, 2022
In Goodwood, former Formula 1 and IndyCar driver Max Chilton will try to achieve this feat from 4.30pm French time this Sunday, June 26th. “The challenge now is to translate the confidence and speed gained from testing on‘ conventional ’circuits into the narrow, mountainous course of Goodwood.explains Max Chilton, who has been in charge of private trials for a year.
“The largely constant aerodynamic force is an innovative feature to exploit as a driver. It’s very different from what I’m used to driving in F1 and IndyCar, and this year’s tests have forced me to adapt my style. to maximize McMurtry Speirling’s performance. ”
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