Pikes Peak was only the beginning.
Last June, the Volkswagen ID.R set a new Pikes Peak International Hill Climb record of 7:57.148 with Romain Dumas at the helm. The previous overall record, 8:13.878, was set by Sebastian Loeb in a Peugeot 208 T16 back in 2013. In 2016, Rhys Millen held the electric vehicle record, finishing with a time of 8:57.118 in a 1,600 hp prototype.
The VW ID. R is also an all-electric racing concept and the German automaker is making it clear Pikes Peak was not just a one-off event. As 2018 comes to a close, automakers such as VW are already planning a busy 2019 and the ID.R isn’t about to retire anytime soon. There’s more work to be done in the New Year
“One thing is certain: the ID.R is far from ready to take its place in a museum,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Direct Sven Smeets. “As a company, Volkswagen has a clear strategy regarding electromobility, and we want to support this objective with our involvement in motorsport. We already have a few interesting ideas.”
Volkswagen will announce the ID.R’s 2019 plans in January at the GP Ice Race in Zell am See in Austria. We weren’t so sure prior to this announcement whether the ID.R would be back in action, so this is clearly great to hear. Why wouldn’t VW want to push the 680 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque all-electric racer to its limits? Or, better yet, why not expand those limits beyond the grueling 12.42-mile Pikes Peak course? The automaker spent lots of time and money in the project, which also serves as a technological springboard for future road cars as well.
The ID.R is already capable of making the sprint from 0 to 60 mph in only 2.25 seconds and weighs only 2,500 pounds. Considering power comes from two electric motors and a lithium-ion battery pack, that total weight is really quite impressive. Of course, plenty of lightweight materials, specifically carbon fiber, are used in abundance. But for anyone still concerned all-electric vehicles don’t have the necessary performance chops, VW will continue surprising us next year with more ID.R awesomeness. And remember, VW Group is the parent company of the likes of Porsche and Lamborghini. Point being, the ID.R’s EV tech will very likely find its way to those brands in the not too distant future.