Volkswagen ID R takes all-time Pikes Peak record

Marco Green
June 25, 2018

Driver Romain Dumas was driving the 670 bhp I.D. He broke the previous record - set in 2013 by Sebastien Loeb - by 16 seconds. Volkswagen's new time shaves more than 15 seconds off, leaving the German company with a 7 minute 57.148 second record.

When Volkswagen set its sights on the annual Pikes Peak hill climb, it merely wanted to break the standing record for electric cars. R has smashed the eight-minute barrier, setting a new Pikes Peak record overnight.

Inside the I.D. R Pikes Peak, there are two electric engines, which give the auto 500 kW (670 hp) of performance, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 2.25 seconds.

"This is a fantastic day for Volkswagen and one of which we are very proud", said Sven Smeets, VW Motorsport's director. "Every employee involved in the Pikes Peak project has constantly had to push their boundaries and show extreme commitment and dedication".

The Pike Peak track climbs 4,720 feet (1,440 metres) to a finish 14,110 feet (4,300 metres) above sea level, where cars twist around 156 turns, battling the thin air at the top of the mountain. When evaluating performance, Volkswagen employed simulation software to calculate exactly how to achieve the optimum in energy demand and performance for the record attempt on Pikes Peak. For it to come off, everything had to come together perfectly - from the technology to the driver.

World premiere of the Volkswagen I.D. The time was defined by the regulations: In case of the race being suspended, it must be possible to completely charge the auto in under 20 minutes. Pikes Peak rules say that if your run (and you only get one run) is interrupted by problems on the course, such as a crashed vehicle ahead of you, or mist closing in, you have to be refuelled and ready to go again in 20 minutes, or forfeit your run. Glycerol can be a by- product of biodiesel manufacture, and can combust with virtually no harmful fumes or residue, the company added.

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