Volkswagen and its electric prototype ID R Pikes Peak made history in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb by achieving a absolute record in this climb that has been disputed in the mountains of Colorado, in the United States, since 1916.
With the French driving Romain Dumas, the VW ID R Pikes Peak not only achieved the best mark for a vehicle of its type in the ascent of 20 kilometers and 156 curves but also lowered the record held by its compatriot Sébastien Loeb 2013 since.
This is the Dumas' fourth success at Pikes Peak and third in a row in a test in which pilots of the caliber of Loeb himself and his compatriot also wrote down their names Michèle Mouton, the German Walter Röhrl, Swedish Stig Blomqvist, the Japanese Nobuhiro Tajima and the finns Ari Vatanen y Juha Kankkunen.
Built in just seven months, the ID R Pikes Peak features two integrated and interconnected lithium-ion batteries that are located on both sides of the cabin. These power two separate high-performance motors for the front and rear axles. Together they provide a power of 680 hp.
On its own, the ID R Pikes Peak produces up to 20% of the electrical energy required for climbing. The engines, which would otherwise power the car, function as generators during braking. This regeneration process allows them to generate power that flows back to the battery and also contributes in part to the braking performance itself.
The design of the German prototype is intended to highlight, in something more than appearance, its belonging to the future family ID (ID, ID CROZZ, ID BUZZ, ID VIZZION), the range of fully electric series vehicles that Volkswagen will launch on the market in 2020.