It was back in October last year when Volkswagen began teasing us about the fully electric Pikes Peak racer, and last month, they showed us fully revealing images of the model. Now finally, VW has opened up and is ready to talk about the model’s technical specs.
This zero-emissions race car carries two electric motors, that gives out a combined output of 680 horsepower (500 kilowatts) and a considerable amount of torque at 650 Newton metres (480 pound feet). These numbers are already impressive but wait until we tell you that the vehicle weighs under 1,100 kilograms (2,425 pounds). If you do the math, it’s easy to conclude that that this car can go quite fast.
According to VW, in only 2.25 seconds, the I.D. R Pikes Peak can accelerate to 69 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in as short as 2.25 seconds. Having said that, it even is faster than a Formula 1 and Formula E racers. Though we were not told yet about its maximum top speed, it really isn’t that crucial considering that acceleration will be significantly more important when tackling all 156 corners of the hill climb in Colorado Springs.
Performance is definitely more important than range when we’re talking about a proper race car, and this is why the lithium ion batteries were developed to maximize output. The I.D. R Pikes Peak features an energy recovery system and VW estimates it will be able to recuperate 20 percent of its juice during the hill climb.
On June 24, we will be able to witness the electric I.D. R Pikes Peak in action as it tackles the 12.42 mile (19.99 kilometer) track, that will start at 2,862 metres above sea level and that will climb 1,440 metres on asphalt.
It will be Romain Dumas, the defending Pikes Peak champion, who is going to be behind the wheel of the I.D. R. His goal here is to beat the time of the fastest electric car at 8 minutes and 57.118 seconds. This attempt is actually 31 years after a twin engined, all wheel drive Golf failed to finish the event, prompting VW to demand a rematch.
There is only one way for the I.D. R Pikes Peak to beat the existing record at the “Race to the Clouds”, and that is for it to sprint into the future. But with its 2.25-second sprint time to 100 kilometers per hour, it seems like the Formula 1 and Formula E cars will be able to match this. In fact, the I.D. R Pikes Peak was unveiled in Alès, France, before taking to the racetrack for the first time. Well, it seems like the Pikes Peak will definitely be a real acid test for the electric model.