No. 942
April 18, 2018

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APRIL 25, 2018

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Volkswagen Motorsport unveiled its fully-electric racing machine — the I.D. R Pikes Peak — on Sunday (4/22) in Alès, France. The car will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill climb in Colorado Springs, CO, on June 24, seeking to beat the existing electric car record of 8:57.118 minutes in the annual “Race to the Clouds.” The I.D. R Pikes Peak weighs less than 2,500 lbs and produces 680HP and 479 lb-ft of torque, giving it a 0-60 time of 2.25 seconds. VW says that its top goal when developing the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak was not on maximum performance, but rather to find the ideal balance between energy capacity and weight. The I.D. R Pikes Peak features two electric engines and Lithium-ion batteries are used as the energy storage system, similar to production EVs. Roughly 20 percent of the electric energy required is generated during the drive, so when braking, the electric engines act as generators, converting some of the braking energy into electricity and feeding this into the battery. VW introduced the 
the I.D. R Pikes Peak in Alès, because testing on the 12.42-mile route of the hill climb in Colorado Springs is very limited, and only possible on certain sections, so the bulk of the testing will be conducted at racetracks. Defending Pikes Peak champion, Romain Dumas, will be at the wheel of the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak for the attempt to break the existing record for electric cars. Including his three victories at Pikes Peak, the 39-year-old Frenchman (and Alès native) has also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice. The Race to the Clouds involves a 4,720 vertical-foot climb, 156 corners, and just one single attempt.


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