With a time of 7 minutes and 57.148 seconds, the VW I.D. R all-electric race car shot straight to the top among record-setting machines that have gone on to tackle the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
Its nearly 8 minute-long journey was filmed from a helicopter, and the 12.42 miles (20 km) just flew past, as the I.D. R’s electric motors howled in the background. Now, assuming you’re a fan, you can check out the car in person at the 2018 LA Auto Show until December 9th.
Built for speed
The I.D. R is equipped with two electric motors, combining for a total output of 671 HP (500 kW / 680 PS) and 479 lb-ft (650 Nm) of torque. Thanks to its carbon fiber / Kevlar composite chassis, it only weighs 2,425 lbs (1,100 kg) – resulting in a staggering 0-62 mph (100 km/h) time of just 2.25 seconds.
With Romain Dumas behind the wheel, the I.D. R proved over 16 seconds quicker than the previous record-holder, an 875 HP Peugeot 208 T16 driven by Sebastien Loeb back in 2013.
We could also say that the V-Dub is more of a looker compared to that Peugeot, but at the same time, performance is all that matters when it comes to these types of vehicles.
Also, one funny quirk about the I.D. R is the significance of its racing livery. You can see that the car is wearing number 94, which is the numeric equivalent of the letters ‘I’ and ‘D’.