Here’s what Volkswagen has planned next for the ID.R.
The Volkswagen ID.R is on a roll right now. Earlier this month, the electric racecar set a new record at the 2019 Goodwood Festival of Speed after it completed the famous hillclimb in 39.90 seconds, beating the all-time record set 20 years ago by a McLaren MP4/13 Formula 1 car by 1.7 seconds.
If that wasn’t already impressive, the ID.R also set a new electric car record at the Nurburgring last month, conquering the Green Hell time of six minutes and 05.336 seconds, which is no small feat considering it’s regarded as one of the most challenging racing circuits in the world. Before that, the ID.R smashed the all-time Pikes Peak International Hill Climb last summer after completing the race to the clouds in seven minutes and 57.148 seconds, beating the previous record by 16 seconds. But don’t think Volkswagen’s technological tour de force is done smashing records yet.
This September, the Volkswagen ID.R will make yet another record attempt. After breaking records in the USA and Europe, Volkswagen now has its sights on the Tianmen Mountain in China as Volkswagen turns its attention to the growing Chinese market.
Featuring 99 corners, the Tianmen Shan Big Gate Road in China is a treacherous mountain road that climbs up the 4,983-foot Tianmen Mountain. It should pose the biggest challenge yet for the ID.R, which will need to navigate roads that are narrow, steep, and winding. Starting at 656 feet above sea level, the circuit passes steep rock faces to a height of 4,265 feet and the so-called "Heaven’s Gate”. It will be a unique challenge, as the ID.R will be the first car to set a target time at the Tianmen Mountain. We expect additional modifications will be made to the 670-horsepower ID.R to prepare it for the event.
"With the records we have set so far, we have consciously pushed cutting- edge e-mobility technology to the limit at iconic venues,” said Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets. "In doing so, we wanted to show what electric cars are capable of. The records and the entirely positive response have shown that e-mobility will have a positive effect on our everyday life in the near future. We are pleased to be the forerunners of this pioneering Volkswagen technology with the ID.R.”