Volkswagen began a new chapter in its history within motorsport with the official presentation of the ID R Pikes Peak, the electric vehicle with which it will race in the 2018 edition of the Pikes Peak climb with the goal of setting a new record for this type of machine. The launch took place in Alès, France, before hitting the track for the first time to continue its development.
With 680 hp of power, 650 Nm of torque and a weight of less than 1.100 kg, the super sports car will have to travel the route of 19,99 kilometers which is located in the mountains of Colorado Springs (United States) in less than 8m57s118. The acid test will take place on June 24 when a new edition of the mythical "Race to the Clouds" takes place.
Pikes Peak's absolute record is 8m13s878, a time set in 2013 by Frenchman Sébastien Loeb with the Peugeot 208 T16.
The prototype of the German brand, which will be driven by the French Romain Dumas, it bears two quality seals in its name. The "R", which stands for high-performance cars. And the “ID”, the symbol of Volkswagen's intelligent E-technology.
“Volkswagen's goal is to reach the pinnacle of electromobility with the ID family. As such, participation in Pikes Peak not only sets the trend for our future in motorsports, it also has great symbolic significance. Customers have always benefited from the findings in motorsports and we look forward to using this experience for the development of future ID models. The climb to Pikes Peak will be a real litmus test. "said Dr. Frank Welsch, a member of the Volkswagen Board of Directors.
VW engineers created the ID R Pikes Peak from the premise of finding the ideal balance between power capacity and weight. The focus was not, as is often the case with racing cars, to achieve maximum performance.
The decision was made to create a closed prototype as it met the ideal requirements for Pikes Peak. The vehicle lacks air intakes, which have a negative effect on aerodynamics, since by not using a combustion engine all its components can be cooled with an electric drive system. For the aerodynamic development, Volkswagen also used the experience acquired by other brands in the group (mainly Porsche).
As with the sensational twin-engine Golf that raced at Pikes Peak in 1985, 1986 and 1987, engineers opted for a solution with two electric motors that will deliver all their power to the four driving wheels. It also has an energy recovery system that will allow you to recharge the lithium-ion batteries during braking and thus generate 20% of the required electrical energy.
The technology used allows the ID R Pikes Peak to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 2,25 seconds, that is, it is faster than a F1 (2,6 seconds) or a Formula E (2,9 seconds). While its final speed exceeds 240 km / h, enough for this kind of challenge.