This is no ordinary soundtrack.
Late last month, Volkswagen’s I.D. R Pikes Peak race car driven by Romain Dumas set a record-breaking time of 7:57.148 after blasting its way up the Pikes Peak Hill Climb. That's a full 16 seconds faster than Sebastian Loeb's 2013 record. But unlike all other contenders past and present, the I.D. R concept is an all-electric machine with a total of 671 hp. Combined with all of that instant torque, powerful battery and state-of-the-art aerodynamics, this concept’s technology will, eventually, find its way to production cars.
Remember, this is the Volkswagen Group, which includes exclusive brands like Bugatti, Lamborghini and Porsche. All of them stand to benefit. But what would a VW Group-built all-electric supercar (or hypercar?) sound like? Volkswagen has just released helicopter footage of the I.D. R Pikes Peak’s record-breaking run, complete with an interesting soundtrack.
It doesn’t sound like your typical internal combustion engined car, nor would we expect it to. Instead it’s something different. Like a blaring whistle? Or, perhaps, a spaceship. The jury is out about how electric cars should sound, but we already knew there’ll be a significant amount of artificial sound required. Electric motors are extremely quiet, especially compared to gasoline engines. But with every new technology, there are problems and solutions. We’ll have our first chance to hear VW’s electric cars in 2020 when the production-spec I.D. hatchback debuts.