The Pikes Peak Hill Climb takes place on a 20km, 156 turn, asphalt highway in Colorado U.S.A. Also known as The Race to the Clouds, the event has been running annually since 1916 and attracts teams and individuals from all over the world and consequently the event has become as famous as Nurburgring for putting technology to the test.
Volkswagen unveiled their I.D. R Pikes Peak all electric car and are hopeful to steel the 2017 climb record from the Latvian engineering company eO. Driven by Rhys Millen the eO PP100 currently holds the Modified Electric class record of 8:57.118. In comparison the Unlimited class is held by Sebastien Loeb in the 3.2 litre V6 Peugeot T16 Pikes Peak, his time – 8:13.887
It makes sense that Volkswagen are pursuing the record with an all electric car not only because it will showcase their EV tech on a global stage but there is also an innate issue with petrol engines at this event. Naturally aspirated petrol engines do not like altitude, with the finish line sitting at about 4270 meters above sea level the petrol engine can loose up to 30% of it’s power. To overcome this the designers have to add forced induction methods which all mean weight and complexity. The electric vehicles should maintain efficiency and power all the way to the top.
This all electric car starts a new era of motorsport for Volkswagen and will inform it’s transformation into a leading manufacturer of road going electric vehicles. Motorsport has always helped develop and then inform road vehicle technology. Volkswagen plans to have 23 all-electric models on our roads by 2025, fingers crossed the I.D. R Pikes Peak can be made road legal.
I.D. R – Tech Specs
- Twin electric motors output 500kw
- 650Nm of torque
- Weight 1100kg
- 0-100km/h – 2.25 seconds
Watch the unveiling of the I.D. R below.