British electric car maker McMurtry Automotive, founded in 2016 by Renshaw executive chairman Sir David McMurtry, is making motorsport history by setting a new all-time hillclimb record at the Goodwood Festival of Speed and winning the event on his competitive debut. Max Chilton completed the 1.16 mile course in a blistering 39.08 seconds beating fierce competition in front of over 150,000 spectators.
The new record of 39.08 seconds set in the ‘Sunday Shootout’ by ex-F1 driver Max Chilton sets official and unofficial hill records indisputably. Nick Heidfeld’s official shootout record of 41.6s in the McLaren MP4/13 F1 and Roman Dumas’ unofficial all-time record in the VW ID.R of 39.9s have been largely beaten. The Spéirling is the first fancar to compete in officially sanctioned motorsport since the 1978 Swedish Grand Prix, and by also winning the event, has maintained the 100% win rate for fan cars over 4 decades.
Unveiled at the 2021 Goodwood Festival of Speed as a demonstrator, the McMurtry Spéirling returned to the iconic hill climb this year to attempt the record. With 2000kg of instant downforce on demand and a 0-60mph of under 1.5 seconds, the Spéirling with Max Chilton at the wheel clocked a time of 39.08, beating the previous record set by Romain Dumas in the Volkswagen ID.R in 2019 of 0.82 s.
Thomas Yates, Managing Director, said: “Goodwood has always been a spectacular global event, celebrating different eras of motorsport. They allowed the fan car to compete again, after a 40-year hiatus since Niki Lauda’s victory in Sweden. The nostalgic, compact proportions of the Sperling were reflected in many classic paddock race cars. And combined with this record performance, I hope it shows the world why small cars are the future. I am incredibly proud of the whole team that delivered this result. This weekend has built a solid foundation for the future of this car and the company. A huge thank you to the Duke and Duchess and the Goodwood team for believing in us when they discovered our ambitions 18 months ago.
Max Chilton, Senior Development Pilot, said: “I’ve been coming to Goodwood since I was 4 years old. After witnessing Nick Heidfeld’s official record: Did I ever think I’d be the one to beat this? No. Taking this record is the most memorable of my racing career. This was only possible thanks to the incredible team of engineers at McMurtry Automotive. Thank you to the Duke and Duchess and all the fans for their support.”
Following an intensive program of prototyping and testing, upgrades to Spéirling’s unique fan-powered prop system make it a formidable performance differentiator, generating more than double its own weight in prop which, unlike to conventional vehicles, is available at all speeds because it does not. rely on the airflow above the car.
First Fan Car since 1978 to win a motorsport event
The McMurtry Speirling is the first fan car to race in sanctioned motorsport since 1978 and demonstrated the dominance of fan-assisted downforce technology by winning the Festival of Speed and setting a new all-time record in the iconic Goodwood Hill Climb. Inheriting technology from the pioneering innovators of Formula 1 in the 1970s, McMurtry Automotive has brought the concept into the 21st century, and with it a distinct performance advantage.
Record aside, the outright numbers are impressive, generating more downforce than a Formula 1 car at speeds of up to 150mph, with far less drag. Instant Downforce allows the instant torque of the drive motors to be fully deployed, and the result is a 0-60mph time under 1.5s and a top speed of 150mph (capped in due to the selection of the climb gearbox).
McMurtry Automotive invents, designs and develops electric vehicles to challenge convention surrounding the automotive industry. McMurtry tries to see beyond today’s trends and into a future where cars can be compatible with the planet and driving pleasure is uncompromising.
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