Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak - 0-100 km/h in 2.25s

Volkswagen ID R Pikes Peak

R is claimed to weigh just 1100kg, including its driver Roman Dumas, with Volkswagen claiming a 0-100km/h time of 2.25sc and a top speed put at around 240km/h dependant on the aerodynamic set-up the new race vehicle is running.

Volkswagen on Sunday took the covers off its new ID R electric race auto at a special launch event in Alès, France. Unlike production cars, the ID R, or more specifically the car's lithium-ion battery, has been created to deliver maximum power as opposed to maximum range.

Pikes Peak veteran Robert Dumas - three-time victor and a victor at Le Mans too - will be behind the wheel when the I.D.

To make sure the I.D. Set to take on the almost 20 km Pikes Peak hill climb event in June, it will be the company's first venture into electric racing and could be something of a show-stopper.

"Customers have always benefitted from the finding made in motorsport, and we expect to take these finding and use them as a valuable impetus for the development of future I.D. models", said Welsch.

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The head of Volkswagen Motorsport, Sven Smeets, indicated the new race auto could be the first of several electric-powered competition projects, saying: "As with the Volkswagen brand's production vehicles, fully electric racing cars will also play an increasing important role for us in the future". Roughly 20% of the electric energy required is generated during the drive, so the key here is energy recovery. A fast-charging system will allow the batteries to be charged in around 30 minutes.

Volkswagen's prototype for Pikes Peak bears two quality seals in its name.

Serial production of electric cars Volkswagen new generation starts in 2020. R at a special event in France. Because the Pikes Peak course is a public road, participants are unable to test there ahead of the event - and even in official practice only get to run on short sections. R race vehicle. It's out to beat the 8:57.118 record time for electric cars and comes with almost 700 PS and more than 600 Nm of torque. The ID R will contest Pikes Peak's Electric Modified Class, in which VW aims to set a new record over the 12.42-mile, fully paved course with 2017's victor Romain Dumas behind the wheel.

The man tasked with driving this machine is Romain Dumas, who will need to tackle 156 corners from the starting point at just above 9,000 feet above sea level, and finishing at 14,115 feet. The last time Volkswagen brand took part in "pikes Peak" over 30 years ago - in 1987, fought for the victory special version of the Golf with two engines with a capacity of 652 horsepower.

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