Volkswagen's new all-electric prototype racer is faster than an F1 vehicle

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The lithium-ion batteries are mounted on the floor of the auto, with a large rear wing and other aerodynamic parts created to ensure maximum grip despite the high altitudes. The ID R Pikes Peak weighs "less than" 1100kg, including driver Romain Dumas, with VW claiming a 0-100kph time of 2.25sec and a top speed of 240kph.

About 20 per cent of the power required to climb the course will come from regenerative braking, with the electricity being fed back to the vehicle's lithium-ion batteries.

The ID R Pikes Peak was launched at the Pôle Mécanique circuit in Ales, France, shortly before starting a test programme there.

"Customers have always benefited from the findings made in motorsport, and we expect to take these findings and use them as a valuable impetus for the development of future ID models", said Welsch.

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Volkswagen's prototype for Pikes Peak bears two quality seals in its name. Set to take on the almost 20 km Pikes Peak hill climb event in June, it will be the company's first venture into electric racing and could be something of a show-stopper. R Pikes Peak gives a strong indication of how electric VW's drive systems can perform in out-and-out driving - and ultimately under everyday conditions. That vehicle had turbocharged 1.8-litre engines driving each axle, giving a peak output of 652hp. One told me the technology can be described as an 'ambassador for I.D. road cars. "For example, we received support from the Volkswagen battery plant in Braunschweig and worked together with the technical development department in Wolfsburg". R with a kinetic energy recovery system.

The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak comes with 670 horsepower, which is definitely more than your regular electric vehicle but much less compared to the 1,595 horsepower in the auto that Millen used to set the record. When braking, the electric engines act as generators, converting some of the braking energy into electricity and feeding this into the battery. As testing on the 12.42-mile route of the hill climb in Colorado Springs is very limited, and only possible on certain sections, the bulk of the testing is not done on the actual route, but at racetracks. The vehicle of course also appears like it wants to eat all the 12.4 miles of the famous Pikes Peak and everyone on it as an afternoon snack.

The Pikes Peak Hillclimb Event takes place in Colorado Springs on 24 June 2018. 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. It is not unheard of for finish-line temperatures at the 14,115-foot (4,302-meter) summit of Pikes Peak to be below freezing at the end of June.

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