VW I.D. R Performance Road Car Expected To Go Fully Electric

MAR 8 2019 BY ANTHONY KARR 5

The performance division will skip the hybridization phase.

It’s a secret to no one that Volkswagen has ambitious plans about electrified future products. The company will launch its first all-electric car next year and it could pave the way for a performance vehicle driven by electric power.

We’ve heard VW admitting it is considering a more powerful I.D. R-badged vehicle before but now we have a stronger hint it could actually happen. It comes from Volkswagen R’s division boss, Jost Capito, who recently gave an interview for Top Gear. Known for its passion for motorsport, Capito revealed he wants Volkswagen’s performance vehicles to skip the hybridization phase and move directly to full-electric powertrains.

“With a hybrid, you never have the full performance for a couple of laps on the Nordschleife,” he told the British publication. “You maybe go half a lap and the power is gone. And when the power is gone, you have just the combustion and you still carry the 200 kg of the battery, which I don’t understand on a performance car.”

Obviously, this makes a lot of sense. So what’s the solution then? Purely electric power, of course.

“So that’s why I see the step going to electric; either it’s a full internal combustion engine, or it’s full electric.”

Fortunately, Capito’s words have support within the mother company, as Volkswagen board member Jurgen Stackmann adds: “Clearly there’s a big future for I.D. R. The racecar was an experiment to show the world that electric car driving is exhilarating, it’s fun, it’s superior in many aspects.” The vehicle Stackmann is referring to is the I.D. R Pikes Peak (pictured in the gallery below), which is currently the fastest car to run the 12.42-mile (20-kilometer) course of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado.

Nothing is confirmed yet, obviously, but these words give us strong indications an electric performance R-badged model from Volkswagen is possible. Fingers crossed it will get the production green light.

Source: Top Gear

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5 Comments on "VW I.D. R Performance Road Car Expected To Go Fully Electric"

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(Original James) I like the glass half full slant of his thinking. In other words, concentrate on fixing the heat and endurance issues of a full BEV rather than compromising (easier route) by mixing the weaknesses of both infernal combustion and battery electric.

Full BEV has proven torque rules. The impressive laps of the NIO supercar at the ‘Ring, plus VW’s record smashing run up Pike’s Peak give great hope for using batteries and electric motors to leapfrog gassers in total performance for a new generation.

Formula e is cutting a new path, opening minds and hopefully engineering wallets. Hauling around basically two forms of propulsion systems is too complex. Full electric seems the right path forward to “Plaid Mode” for the common man…

“Infernal combustion”? Not sure whether that was intentional — but I like it 🙂

Looking for an AWD ID.3 hot hatch!

Even if they bring out an R version, it will most likely not be a dedicated racing vehicle like ID R. So don’t get you hopes up :-). More of a high power ID3

Jurgen Stackmann adds: “Clearly there’s a big future for I.D. R. The racecar was an experiment to show the world that electric car driving is exhilarating, it’s fun, it’s superior in many aspects.”

It’s good you are on board, VW. But that was done ten years ago with the original Tesla Roadster, which people could actually buy!!!!

(VW – less marketing = more delivery)