Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak Racer Gets #94 – Here’s Why

JUN 12 2018 BY JACOB OLIVA 7

Can you guess why did the company go for 94?

Two weeks before the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, Volkswagen has revealed its outfit for the 12.42-mile (19.99-kilometer) track 14,110 feet (4,300 meters) above sea level. The VW I.D. R Pikes Peak will come in grey and will carry the number “94” for a good reason.

Grey is the hallmark color of the brand’s I.D. family, which makes the inclusion of the fully-electric race car official. If you ask us, grey looks good for the I.D. R and kind of mysterious-looking for a car that’s essentially faster than a Formula 1 car.

What adds identity to the I.D. R is the number 94 that it would be wearing. It stands for I (9) and D (4). Yes, something so obvious was hiding in plain sight for a second. You’re not alone if you didn’t realize that sooner, though.

“As is standard in American motor racing, the organizers allowed us to select our own start number. The 94 was our express wish, as it symbolizes the letters ‘I’ and ‘D’ – the ninth and fourth letters in the alphabet,” explains Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets.

The 680-horsepower (500-kilowatt) I.D. R is all set to break lap times at Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, driven by the defending champ Romain Dumas, who has set top times on the race track on three occasions: 2014, 2016, and 2017. The current record is at 8:57.118 back in 2016, while the quickest time was set by the Peugeot 208 T16 at 8:13.878.

The I.D. R is still at doing final test runs and setup work. Dumas will return to Europe after the testing, wherein he’ll drive for Porsche at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the weekend before the Pikes Peak. As soon as Le Mans is over, he’ll fly back to Colorado. We just hope his hectic schedule and time differences won’t take toll on him.

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NeilBlanchard
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NeilBlanchard

Interesting – gray will be a lot cooler (temperature) inside the car. I like the commitment to lowering the aero drag!

jim stack
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jim stack

more than 5 people have dies at the Pikes Peak race to the top. I don’t think it makes any sense to have the driver fly back and maybe be tired- QUOTE=Dumas will return to Europe after the testing, wherein he’ll drive for Porsche at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on the weekend before the Pikes Peak. As soon as Le Mans is over, he’ll fly back to Colorado. We just hope his hectic schedule and time differences won’t take toll on him.

pjwood1
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pjwood1

When he gets to the US, he can load up on IHOb coffee. Or, should we tell him 9 8 15 2?

Nigeria Prince
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Nigeria Prince

The rear wheels seem to be covered now. Small change in design.

James
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James

Fail car, no OTA Updates, no Autopilot and no supercharger network

Prsnep
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Prsnep

Can’t tell if this is sarcasm.

windbourne
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windbourne

look forward to watching it on the peak.
What is nice is that it will probably lead to Tesla entering a roadster next year.