VW's Pike's Peak Vehicle Gets Unveiled

04/25/2018 00:18:03
VW's Pike's Peak Vehicle Gets Unveiled
Volkswagen has unveiled its electric car to challenge for the title in the infamous Race to the Clouds at Pike’s Peak in Colorado.

Volkswagen has unveiled its electric car to challenge for the title in the infamous Race to the Clouds at Pike’s Peak in Colorado. It’s a smooth-bodied, single-seater, closed-cockpit machine with a giant rear wing – plenty of downforce always a good thing when you are attempting to drive flat-out for 12 and a half miles (20km) up the side of a mountain to a peak 4300m above sea level… in under nine minutes. 

It’s called the ID R, and it’s by far the most exciting thing VW has applied its burgeoning electric vehicle sub-brand to. Just look at the size of the rear wing! The car was partially revealed a few weeks ago, but now we have some proper technical details to go on. Most importantly, what it’ll be powered by: it has two motors making a combined 671bhp and 470lb ft.

The motors will be powered by a set of lithium-ion batteries, but where it gets interesting is energy recovery: the power generated under braking will make up a whopping 20 percent of the total juice used by the ID R during the run. The 2018 running of Pikes Peak will take place on 24 June.

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