In ten days, Volkswagen will shoot at the fastest electric car record at Pikes Peak – the Id. R Pikes top. Emission-free race car number 94 now has the last light gray livery, as shown in the video above, and has the numbers to support VW's goal of beating the current record. He has to cross the finish line in less than 8 minutes and 57.118 seconds, the current record set by Rhys Millen in 2016 behind the wheel with the e0 PP100.
In the heart of the I.D. R Pikes Peak – weighing less than 1,100 kilograms – are two electric motors, one of which drives the front axle and the other the rear wheels. These provide an immense combined power of 670 hp (500 kilowatts) and get their juice from two interconnected and integrated lithium-ion battery packs, which are positioned to the left and right of the cockpit.
Defending champion Romain Dumas will ride the electric race car on the challenging 12.42-mile (19.99-kilometer) circuit and I.D. R Pikes Peak is smart enough to automatically adjust power output to road conditions. When braking energy recovery begins and VW says that the vehicle can produce up to 20 percent of the required juice thanks to a brake-by-wire system.
VW Motorsport has teamed up with the team responsible for engineering for upcoming ID production models, and while the road vehicles will not be nearly as exciting, some of the knowledge in the company's EV attack will be well utilized. It will be launched in 2020 and the electrical portfolio will include a variety of models in almost all market segments.
Meanwhile, VW's electric launcher will demonstrate on June 24, making it Pikes Peak. It's calculated to be faster than an F1 car by hitting 100 km / h (62 mph) in just 2.25 seconds, so it has to live up to the hype.
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