A new era begins for Volkswagen in the races, as its purely supercar, the I.D. R Pikes Peak. With power reaching 680 horsepower, 650 Nm of torque and a weight of no more than 1,100 kilos, this supercar on 24 June 2018 will take part in the emblematic ascent of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, USA.
Goal of the brand? Break the record of 8 57 ‘118 centimeters for electric cars in Race to the Cloud, as it is symbolically called. To achieve the goal, I.D. R Pikes Peak will surely make a spur to the future, both metaphorically and realistically, with 0-100 coming in just 2.25 seconds, a performance that leaves even Formula 1 and Formula One cars behind.
Basic goal in the development of I.D. R Pikes Peak, was the ideal balance between energy storage and total weight. Unlike common racing cars, absolute performance was not an end in itself. The quality features of the Pikes Peak prototype are even emerging from his name. The “R”, which has become synonymous with performance, and “ID”, symbolizes the intelligent “E-technologies” of the brand.
As with the impressive Golf with the two engines that took place in the Pikes Peak in 1985, 1986 and 1987, so now the engineers chose the solution of the two drive sets. I.D. R Pikes Peak features two electric motors that provide the car with a total power of 680 horsepower.
In analogy to power-driven production models, lithium-ion battery lithium was chosen as the basic energy storage unit. The battery cell requirements are enormous. Power density is a critical factor for the system when generating high voltage. However, unlike mass production models where the goal is to ensure the maximum possible range, team engineers have sought to achieve maximum power output.
At 20 km of the climb, we produce almost 20% of the required electricity not from the batteries but from energy recovery: in the braking phase, the electric motors, in which case they act as generators, convert some of the braking energy into electricity and then feed the battery.