Volkswagen did not joke when he said he wanted to set the record for the fastest electric car at the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – which was obvious when it was rendering his "I.D. R" racing car. But now the real car is ready to go, and Volkswagen said it's faster than a Formula 1 car.
Oh, and the car also looks like it wants to eat every 12.4 miles of the famed Pikes Peak (and all of it) as an afternoon snack. Not a big problem, really.
Volkswagen said in a press release on Sunday that its all-electric, prototype-style race car is rated at about 670 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque, serving all 2,425 pounds of it. While the HP number is not amazing, especially compared to the 1,595-HP car, which sets the electrical peak-peak record that Volkswagen wants to beat this summer, the power-to-weight ratio is important here.
For comparison, the ID R has more power than the 600 hp Aston Martin DB11, but weighs 1,400 pounds less. The race car weighs about as much as a 2016 Mazda Miata, which frankly is not very much.
Volkswagen also claims that the car is faster than an F1 car, at least in the sprint. It can get from 0 to 62 mph in 2.25 seconds, according to the press release. (In 2012, ahead of the new generation of race cars with 1.6-liter V6 turbo hybrids, the time for an F1 car from 0 to 62 mph was about 1.7 seconds. "There does not seem to be any concrete now public figures.)
The ID R and its lithium-ion batteries will hit Pikes Peak on June 24 to beat Rhys Millen's electric car recordings a few years ago. The time to beat is 8 minutes and 57 seconds, but Volkswagen said in the release that testing on mountaineering is limited.
So, by then the company will be marching on various racetracks to get ready.
More than a month ago, Volkswagen teased some wild renderings of the car, which looked straight out of a sci-fi movie, and called it "ID" R Pikes Peak. "Pikes Peak has recently been a testing ground for power, with the record that Volkswagen aims to beat by Millen in a seven-motor car and just under 1,600 horsepower in 2016. Tesla and the mystery that is also Faraday Future struggled in 2017 [ID19659013] Image: Volkswagen
The ID R renderings came with no power numbers or other real information on the car other than the fact that it was the company's first official Pikes Peak entry since a 652-horsepower Golf It's been more than three decades since that access, and Volkswagen doesn''t seem to come back easily.
Well, except in the weight department. This car is pretty light.