VW ID R Pikes Peak racer accelerates faster than an F1 vehicle


In the wake of diesel emission manipulation scandal, Volkswagen is preparing to launch a range of I.D. badged road cars, including production versions of the earlier I.D. Hatchback, I.D. Buzz, I.D. Crozz and I.D. Vizzion concept cars.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be held in June, with VW afforded just a single attempt at the mountain and the title. By and large, the aesthetic previewed by previous renderings of the vehicle has been carried over but the ID R now looks race-ready, clad in its grey livery. Just like the Golf in 1987, it will be powered by twin engines, though this time around they'll be strictly electric. That's quicker than a Formula 1 auto, though it's not as quick as the acceleration times of the Rimac C_Two and second-generation Tesla Roadster, both of which reach 62 miles per hour in under 2.0 seconds. Frank Welsch. "Customers have always benefitted from the findings made in motorsport, and we expect to take these findings and use them as a valuable impetus for the development of future I.D. models".

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"The hill climb on Pikes Peak will definitely be a real acid test for the electric drive".

Up to now we only had an idea of how the auto might look from computerised images.

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The ID R has also been designed for extreme energy recovery. "R Pikes Peak." The Pikes Peak has been a proving ground for the electric power lately, with the record Volkswagen wishes to beat set by Millen in a auto with seven electric motors and about 1,600 HP in the year 2016. And the "I.D. - the symbol of Volkswagen's smart E-technology. For example, we received support from the Volkswagen battery plant in Braunschweig and worked together with the technical development department in Wolfsburg". R Pikes Peak is capable of getting more power out with a lighter frame.

The machine, which has been designed exclusively for the 19.98-kilometre, 156-turn Colorado hill climb, features two electric motors that combine to offer 637Nm of torque and permanent four-wheel drive.

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The motors are supplied by lithium-ion batteries that are engineered for maximum power density to deliver the highest possible power output rather than optimising range. For this reason, the bulk of the testing is not done on the actual route, but at racetracks. Defending champion, Romain Dumas, will be piloting the vehicle, attempting to take down the record for fastest EV up the course - 8 minutes and 57.118 seconds, set by Rhys Millen in 2016 aboard the E0 PP100. The vehicle is released in a single copy specifically for participation in the race on the mountain pikes Peak ("Race to the clouds"). Incidentally, Dumas, who names motorsport legend Jacky Ickx as his idol, was born in Alès. It is not unheard of for the 4,302-metre summit of Pikes Peak, which also represents the finish, to experience temperatures below freezing point at the end of June.