This VW ID set a new record in its debut race with new technology
When the Volkswagen I.D R took its debut race at the Pikes Peak International Hil climb in 2018, it left a clear indication that things will no longer be the same. It made it clear that it was tipped for top performance, it was stout and bold with the ability to turn things around.
Driven by Romain Dumas, the super machine set a new record of 7:57.148 cruising at an average speed of 90.538 miles per hour. It became the first car to climb the hill in under 8 minutes.
With such performance at a debut race, this VW did something rivals will envy, especially in the class of electric cars which is fast gaining momentum. Volkswagen has been gearing up for this moment for a while, the record is now set out straight and the road ahead is no longer blurred.
It means that VW can now look at what to do to tighten and closely guard this performance across its cars. It also means that their confidence is sealed and the next project can be launched with gusto.
This is significant for Volkswagen at large, particularly because the company looks electrifying its entire fleet by 2030.
With two electric engines delivering 671 bhp, this car is well suited for its class. It also features two interlinked and integrated lithium-ion battery, one to the left and the other to the right of the cockpit.
Interestingly, the I.D. R design as it right now has no active aerodynamics, brake vectoring, or heat recycling technologies. These are features that would significantly adjust handling and drivetrain performance and even Damas acknowledges that they would even help to drop the time he recorded at the race.
Maintaining a weight at 2,425 lbs (1,100 kg),the vehicle picks from zero to 62 mph (0-100 km/h) in just 2.25 seconds. Not even a Formula 1 or Formula E car has such capabilities.
That this car is opening the next frontier in both the race cars division and VW ambitions on electrification. The challenge is to maintain this and enhance it even further going into the future.