Thursday, April 19, 2018

What is an Volkswagen ‘I.D. R Pikes Peak’ Racecar?

What is an Volkswagen ‘I.D. R Pikes Peak’ Racecar?

Volkswagen's Latest Motorsport Project

The ‘I.D. R Pikes Peak’ is the title of the all-electric prototype racing car, with which Volkswagen will compete in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on 24th June 2018 in Colorado, USA. The vehicle is a four-wheel-drive, all-electric vehicle with swooping, aerodynamic lines and an oversized rear wing.

What is an Volkswagen ‘I.D. R Pikes Peak’ Racecar?

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb has been around since 1916. Also known as ‘The Race to the Clouds,’ the event is an annual automobile and motorcycle hill climb to the summit of Pikes Peak in Colorado, USA. The track measures 12.42 miles and starts just above the 9,000-foot mark and continues up to the summit at 14,115 feet on grades averaging 7.2%!

What is an Volkswagen ‘I.D. R Pikes Peak’ Racecar?
Volkswagen’s four-wheel drive sports car combines its ambassadorial role for the future, electric I.D. family with the sportiest range of Volkswagen products, the R GmbH models. At the same time, it is also the first step towards an intensification of the cooperation between Volkswagen R and Volkswagen Motorsport.

The Volkswagen brand plans to offer more than 20 fully-electric cars by 2025. Manufacturing of the first production model in the I.D. family is scheduled to start at the end of 2019 in Zwickau, in the Saxony region of Germany.

"We want to be at the forefront of electromobility with Volkswagen and the I.D. family," explained Volkswagen Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Development, Dr. Frank Welsch. "Competing in the most famous hill climb in the world with the I.D. R Pikes Peak not only has symbolic meaning, but is also a valuable test for the general development of electric cars."

"It is about time we settled the score," said Volkswagen Motorsport Director, Sven Smeets. "The I.D. R Pikes Peak represents an extremely exciting challenge for us, to show what is possible with an electric engine in motorsport. The entire team behind our driver Romain Dumas* is highly motivated to set a new record for electric cars." The record in the electric prototype class currently stands at 8:57.118 minutes and was set in 2016 by New Zealand's Rhys Millen.

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Romain Dumas is a French professional auto racing driver.
* Romain Dumas is a French professional auto racing driver. In 2016 he won the FIA World Endurance Championship with teammates Marc Lieb and Neel Jani. Romain also won the 2014, 2016 and 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Having taken overall victory three times, Romain Dumas will take part in the race to the clouds for the sixth time in seven years. Having entered under his own team’s banner in each of his previous participations, this year will see Romain with the official Volkswagen Motorsport program and its all-electric prototype.

"It’s a new challenge for me and it’s clearly very exciting." admits Romain. "With Norma and my team, we had fabulous experiences these past years. Those wins were a huge achievement. Today, it’s going to be a different approach. It’s a new team, new car, new technology… As a driver, the desire to do well is huge. I’m also very proud that Volkswagen Motorsport has called upon the assistance of some people from my team. It was an obvious choice to make a return to this great race, and I’m thrilled that it’s going to be with people and drivers that I appreciate, like Laure, Raphaël and Vanina. I’m happy to see we keep growing."

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