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Mahindra beats electric open-wheel record at Goodwood with Formula E car

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Mahindra Racing has set a new benchmark for an electric open-wheel car at the historic Goodwood hillclimb in England after taking part in the final Festival of Speed shootout on Sunday.

Mahindra confirmed last week that it would give its season four Formula E car, the M4Electro, its public debut at Goodwood, some five months ahead of its first race appearance.

Ex-Formula 1 driver and overall Goodwood hillclimb record-holder Nick Heidfeld took the M4Electro to the finish in 48.59 seconds, putting him fifth overall in the final running order. The fastest time of the day was set by Justin Law in a Jaguar XJR12D, who completed the hillclimb in 46.13 seconds.

While Heidfeld may have failed to finish at the top of the timesheets, his effort was still good enough to mark a new open-wheel electric record at Goodwood.

“It’s been an amazing weekend here once again in Goodwood. I’ve come to it many times and the mixture and volume of cars and people here is astonishing,” Heidfeld said.

“It was good 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 beat the outright electric record which we didn’t quite manage.

“What was also very positive is that next season’s powertrain, which we showed here for the first time, ran problem free even though we haven’t had many tests with it before, so all in all it was a very good weekend.”

Heidfeld and Mahindra will be back in race action in two weeks’ time at the New York City Formula E race.

Newgarden fastest as Castroneves returns in weather-shortened Barber test

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The Verizon IndyCar Series took to Barber Motorsports Park on Tuesday for an open test, with 24 entries tackling the 2.38-mile road course.

Weather intervened in the afternoon, preventing nearly the entire field from going out, but the weather held off during the morning enough for one session to be run in its entirety.

Team Penske’s Josef Newgarden led the way, with a quick lap of 1:07.979, ahead of Team Penske teammates Will Power and Helio Castroneves. For Castroneves, this marked his first IndyCar outing of 2018.

Helio Castroneves was back in an IndyCar on Tuesday at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo: IndyCar

Sporting the Pennzoil “yellow submarine” paint scheme, Castroneves turned 41 laps around Barber in the morning session, with a quick lap of 1:08.315. He was also the only driver to venture out on track in the afternoon, completing eight laps.

The Dale Coyne Racing duo of Sebastien Bourdais and Zachary Claman De Melo completed the top five.

Results are below.