Volkswagen just released a full video of the 2018 Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak making its record breaking run of the 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC). The footage is all from the helicopter that was following the EV racer on its run up the hill.
All said and done, Romain Dumas finished the 12.42-mile course in a record setting time of 7:57.148, shattering the old record by nearly sixteen seconds.
This project started for Volkswagen late last year, just 9 months before the race. Their goal was to beat the old EV record of 8:57.118 set by Rhys Millen. Thanks to recent advances in electric car technology, the I.D. R was clearly up to the challenge.
The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak is powered by a 500 kW, two-motor system that produces 680 horsepower and 479 lb-ft of torque. All that power is sent to all four wheels.
On the heels of its Pikes Peak victory, Volkswagen is taking the I.D. R Pikes Peak on a tour, visiting races like the Goodwood Festival of Speed. But they also plan on bringing the I.D. R Pikes Peak back to Colorado next year, potentially to break their own record once again.
We had the chance to experience the 2018 PPIHC first hand, thanks to an invitation from Volkswagen themselves. It was my first time at the race, so I decided to put together a little newbie’s guide to the weekend.
To see what goes on during race week, and to see the reactions by the Volkswagen team after their win, be sure to check out the video below:
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