Volkswagen Explains I.D. R Pikes Peak Racer Design
The design and engineering teams worked closely to come up with the electric race car.
After providing looks at the I.D. R Pikes Peak’s aerodynamic development and early testing, Volkswagen is now delving into the race car’s design. The vehicle’s curvaceous appearance came together incredibly quickly because the project started in October 2017, and VW unveiled it in April 2018.
Performance is the top consideration when creating a race car, but VW’s designers also incorporate elements from other members of the I.D. concept family. Skinny LEDs in the shape of more traditional headlights are the most obvious nod to the brand’s upcoming lineup of electric vehicles.
The engineering team specified the vehicle’s length, width, and height, and the designers were free to sculpt the shape within those parameters. “The close alignment with the engineers was very important during the design process. “Our task was to give a
form to their requirements. Design and function formed a symbiotic relationship,” Klaus Bischoff, Head of Volkswagen Design, said in the release.
VW I.D. R Pikes Peak 11 photos
The I.D. R Pikes Peak is already testing at the mountain and makes its official run on June 24. Former Le Mans winner Romain Dumas is preparing to pilot the vehicle up the 12.42-mile (19.99-kilometer) course. The goal is to go quicker than 8:57.118 to set a new event record for an electric vehicle.
The racer packs a pair of electric motors that produce a total of 680 horsepower (500 kilowatts) and 480 pound-feet (650 Newton-meters) of torque, which allows the I.D. R to reach 2 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in just 2.25 seconds. A huge wing and similarly large front splitter help with sticking the vehicle to the road. VW claims that the acceleration is quicker than a Formula One car.