Watch Volkswagen I.D. R Race Up Pikes Peak


This is just the beginning of VW tuning the I.D. R for the mountain.

The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb doesn’t officially kick off until June 24, but Volkswagen is already there testing the I.D. R. A new video shows off some of driver Romain Dumas’ early shakedown runs at the mountain. He already looks mighty quick.

“The news from Colorado is very positive: we are on schedule with the preparations for the I.D. R Pikes Peak and can now focus on the fine-tuning,” Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets said in the test’s announcement.

The team is now working out the ideal suspension and tire setup for the 12.42-mile (19.99-kilometer) course. The crew is also tuning the electric drivetrain’s energy management system, like the energy recuperation under braking.

“The acceleration and cornering speed are really impressive, and on top of that the car is very convenient. Thanks to the electric drive, I don’t need to change gears and can focus on the line instead,” Dumas said about the test. He’s a Pikes Peak veteran after setting the top times up the course in 2014, 2016, and 2017.

VW wants to set a new course record in the electric prototype class at Pikes Peak, which currently sits at 8:57.118. The I.D. R is a bespoke vehicle for this task, so it’s hard to imagine the company not succeeding. The Peugeot 208 T16 holds the quickest time ever at 8:13.878, but it’s an ICE vehicle.

VW put an emphasis on maximizing downforce when creating the I.D. R, including 3d printing a variety of parts and then finding the perfect combination of them in the windtunnel. The huge rear wing should held the vehicle stick to the road, too.

Power comes from two electric motors – one at each axle – with a total output of 680 horsepower (500 kilowatts) and 480 pound-feet (650 Newton-meters) of torque. With a weight of just 2,425 pounds (1,100 kilograms), the racer can allegedly hit 62 miles per hour (100 kilometers per hour) in a mere 2.25 seconds.

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No one is better at delivering an arrogant message than a french man.

Obviously the American crowd passing through here has no experience with frenchman. There could have been no better choice by VW to announce that they have the best car and the best team.

Not even close to the Rimac Monster Tajima…, Volkswagen always late…too late.

Check back with that thought on June 25th…

They should make 25-100 of these, just for the h*** of it – and to have extra cars to crash. I drive in a club, and some of the cars are way too cool for my wallet, so I drive extra safe. I race much harder in a cheap car that is easy or cheap to fix, or cheap enough to pick some parts, and just scrap it.
I would think the driver of this car play it safer then he would have done- if he knew they had 10 cars to pick from.
I’m sure there are a rich person that just want to but one of these. No matter what the price is. As long as it is made in a very limited number.

Dumas will likely walk away, after sandbag a faster time than 8:57. That’s where a one-car strategy can work, without risk taking. If 8:55 were the fastest this battery-powered 919 could go, then VW would have a problem. If he plays it conservative, and checkmarks show <8:15 at play, things will get very interesting.

I am hoping for sub 8…

Feel like they are really targeting the overall record, but keeping tight lipped due to the amount of luck needed to get a best time. Electric racers last year, got to ride on a dry bottom section then wet upper with rolling clouds across the track, killing chances for some. On Pikes Peak you get only one run, so weather, road, car and driver all need to be 100% in that 10 minute window.

On paper, an EV should be able to beat the overall ICE record of 8.13.8; however, it would take someone with Sebastien Loeb’s talent and Peugeot’s know how to do it.
Also, it’s encouraging to see VW’s involvement and not just vapor.

According to wiki he might be an OK driver?

Romain Dumas (born 14 December 1977) is a French professional auto racing driver and current Porsche factory driver. He having claimed overall wins at the 2010 and 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011 24 Hours of Nürburgring, the 2003 and 2010 24 Hours of Spa, and the 2008 12 Hours of Sebring. In 2016 he won the FIA World Endurance Championship with teammates Marc Lieb and Neel Jani.

Also, he won the 2014, 2016 and 2017 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Article says the record is 8:57.118. and in the next sentence says Peugeot T16 has quickest time at 8:13.878. You need a proof reader!!!!! or something is missing, like different classes of vehicles????

The VW I.D. R is electric and in the electric prototype class. The Peugot has the best time ever but it’s an ICE car. I will talk to the author about clarifying that. Thanks!

Surely VW is shooting for the all time record. They are just not saying that in case of failure. The prototype EV record should be a sure thing.

Too bad there’s no TV coverage of the event this year.

I’m sure VW can afford to have their own TV crew there, so they can brag about it – if they crash the record.

With luck, they will crush all ICE cars up the hill.

Jesus in a Dump Truck

Not sure about that.
That Peugeot had 875hp at 875kg of weight, this one got 680hp at 1100kg.
This VW looks way more aerodynamic though and appears to be a ground effect vehicle, so it can probably keep higher speeds in turns.
My guess is it is going to be close this year to break the overall record time.

I think you are right, hard to overcome those power to weight ratios. I would like to see it happen tho

Electric has the advantage of being quicker out of the curves, and not losing power as the elevation climbs.

At what altitude does it make 875hp? EVs are faster on this course than their numbers suggest because thing doesn’t matter and the instant torque.