The big day: 24 June 2018!
Start at 2,862 metres above sea level, 1,440 vertical metres of climbing, 156 corners, 100 per cent asphalt, and just one single attempt – not only must the technology and driver be on top form as they attempt to set a new record for electric cars on 24 June 2018, but the external conditions must also play ball. It is not unheard of for the 4,302-metre summit of Pikes Peak, which also represents the finish, to experience temperatures below freezing point at the end of June.
Wiry model athlete, no beefcake: The I.D. R Pikes Peak.
With 500 kW (680 PS), 650 Nm of torque and weighing less than 1,100 kg, the super sports car will take on the iconic hill climb in Colorado Springs, USA. The goal: To beat the existing record of 8:57.118 minutes for electric cars at the “Race to the Clouds”. To achieve this, the I.D. R Pikes Peak will positively sprint into the future: 0 to 100 km/h in 2.25 seconds is faster than Formula 1 and Formula E cars.
Le Mans winner and Pikes Peak conqueror, Romain Dumas.
World-class driver and defending Pikes Peak champion, Romain Dumas, will be at the wheel of the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak for the attempt to break the existing record for electric cars. The 39-year-old Frenchman loves this kind of challenge: As well as three victories on Pikes Peak, he has also won the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice.
Maiden voyage at the Pikes Peak.
During the first test in the USA, the team mainly focussed on the suspension, tyre tests, and the optimum use of battery charge and energy recycling when braking.
From 0 to 100 km/h in 2.25 seconds.
That is faster than a Formula 1 car thanks to its sophisticated aerodynamics which have but one goal: keeping the car on the road.
Virtually limitless freedom.
As such, the Volkswagen Motorsport engineers decided on the following strategy: The I.D. R Pikes Peak was to be as light as possible, while still maintaining a very high level of performance.
The countdown is on to the 96th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Two weeks ahead of the start of the most famous hill climb in the world, the I.D. R Pikes Peak appeared at the final official test in its final livery and bearing its start number.
The Pikes Peak project startet about 8 month ago.
Now it almost reached its climax. Romain Dumas has one attempt making history: the current record for electric cars stands at 8 minutes 57 seconds – hopefully that will change in only 3 days.
Volkswagen and the fully-electric I.D. R Pikes Peak have made history at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Dumas’ new record of 7m 57.148s minutes is now top of the list of Pikes Peak champions.
What goes around comes around.
The new WRX season gets underway on 14/15 April in Barcelona (E). The global series visits Buxtehude, on the outskirts of Hamburg, on 13/14 October.
Continued, efficient development, new look: Polo R Supercar.
Efficient evolution instead of radical revolution: The most obvious changes to the 2018 Polo for the WRX can be seen in the aerodynamics and the front cooling concept. It also showcases the new strategic partnership with Volkswagen R, home of Volkswagen’s most powerful and sporty production models. The completely new rear wing provides engineers with more set-up options. The new front skirt provides improved cooling and airflow, compared to its predecessor.
The heroes of WRX.
Rallycross superstar Petter Solberg competes for Volkswagen in the World Rallycross Championship alongside the reigning world champion Johan Kristoffersson.