Heidfeld sets record as he debuts season four car


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Nick Heidfeld claimed his second Goodwood record as he debuted the new Mahindra Racing M4Electro.

Having already claimed the outright record for the hillclimb back when he was a test driver for the McLaren formula 1 team, Heidfeld posted the official record for an open wheeled electric vehicle at this year’s Festival of Speed.

Running on each of the four days of the event, his final time of 48.59 seconds proved to be his best, albeit seven seconds slower than the time he set back in 1999.

However despite his record, Heidfeld said he is keen to return to Goodwood to try and break the overall time set by an electric vehicle.

“I’ve been coming to the Goodwood Festival of Speed for many years, and it never fails to disappoint!” Heidfeld said.

“The variety and volume of cars and people is always astonishing. It was great fun to drive up the hill with the target of setting a new electric single-seater record, which we managed to do – but I think we have to come back to challenge the outright electric record!”

Discussing the running of the season four car, Heidfeld said that there had been no issues with the new powertrain.

Although all powertrain manufacturers had taken part in track tests for the season four package before, Mahindra were the first to use theirs in public.

“It’s positive to see that next season’s drivetrain, which we showed here for the first time, ran problem-free.

“We haven’t had many tests with it before so, all-in-all, it was a very good, productive and fun weekend.”