This Car Just Broke Some Major Records

A new electric track car from David McMurtry set a historic record at the Goodwill Festival of Speed hill climb. 
Written by Allison Stone
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Jul 15, 2022
McMurty is setting the pace for what an
eco-friendly
racecar looks like. A new
electric
track car
from creator David McMurtry set a new record at the Goodwill Festival of Speed hill climb. 
According to
Fox News
, The McMurtry Spéirling, which is named after the Irish word for a thunderstorm, zipped up the 1.16-mile course in just 39.08 seconds. 
This beat the previous two quickest times of 41.6 seconds, set back in 1999 by a McLaren F1 car, and more recently 39.90 seconds, set in 2019 by the VW ID.4 electric prototype.
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Electric cars are speeding ahead in a historic race

The Goodwood Festival of Speed is an annual motorsports festival held on the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex, England.
The event attracts tens of thousands of visitors every year, and features an assortment of events, each posing a different challenge for both car and driver. The hill climb event that the McMurtry Spéirling won takes place on a 1.16-mile course that climbs 304 feet in elevation. 
A switch to electric technology
has been imperative in order to keep the racing industry alive amid increasingly strict environmental regulations, but cars like the McMurtry Spéirling prove that eco-friendly cars are anything but boring.

The McMurtry Spéirling is lightning fast

Dubbed a “
real-life batmobile
,” the McMurtry Spéirling was created by Irish billionaire David McMurtry with the intention to create an eco-friendly car that could also hit record speeds. 
Given its speed and power, the car is shockingly compact and lightweight. The McMurtry Spéirling is just over 10 feet in length and weighs less than 1,000 kilograms or 2,205 lbs. This diminutive racer has the ability to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in 1.5 seconds. 
The key to this car’s engineering is the fan-powered system beneath the car which creates a vacuum effect, minimizing drag and enhancing the vehicle’s aerodynamics. 
It’s not the first time this type of concept has been used, but it is the fastest iteration of it yet. The fan-powered aerodynamic system was first made famous by the Chaparral 2J endurance racing car and Brabham BT46
Formula One
car of the 1970s. 
It is alleged that this type of system generates over twice the vehicle’s weight in downforce, giving it the power to zip through the track while maneuvering turns with ease. 
According to McMurtry, this tiny electric car can be driven at racing speeds from 30 to 60 minutes before needing a recharge. 

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