The design of the Volkswagen I.D.R Pikes Peak has been explained by the company. The design of the all-electric driven prototype for the most famous hill climb in the world shows technical elements of the future production cars of the I.D. family and according to the company, it is ‘Emotional & Functional’. The design of the I.D. R Pikes Peak is meant to emphasise membership of the future I.D. family, the series of all-electric powered production cars that Volkswagen will bring to the market as of 2020.
Speaking about the design, Klaus Bischoff, Executive Director of Volkswagen Design said, “We already have a wealth of experience with high-performance cars and with racing cars, but a high-performance prototype like the I.D. R Pikes Peak was a world first for us. Our task was to transfer the unmistakable style of the I.D. family to such an extreme and emotional racing car. My whole team was motivated to the core by this unusual challenge. We are proud to be part of the team that realized this remarkable project.”
Development of the I.D. R Pikes Peak started around seven months ago, a multifaceted challenge, including for the Volkswagen Design team. Like the car design, the chassis design of Volkswagen’s first electric racing car must also provide optimum prerequisites from a technical perspective. Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak's design was challenging for VW design team when they started out with a blank sheet of paper in October 2017. Instead, they implemented the unique electric racer's design within record time. According to VW, the I.D. R Pikes Peak has been built to break the current electric car record at the Pike's Peak hill climb, which is about 20 km long. However, the current record considering the flagship hill-climb event across the globe is 8m 57.118s.
Adding further, Klaus Bischoff also said, “The close alignment with the engineers was very important during the design process. Our task was to give a form to their requirements. Design and function formed a symbiotic relationship. Typical of the I.D. is a very smooth, aesthetic style of sculptured quality. Then there are the vivid graphics and the unique lighting. All these are elements that we transferred from the production cars of the future I.D. family to the I.D. R Pikes Peak. A super sports car such as the I.D. R Pikes Peak evokes emotions in spectators. This emotional interpretation of the topic of electro-mobility will no doubt influence the production cars of the I.D. family. Naturally, the focus was on performance on the racetrack when designing the I.D. R Pikes Peak. It was a lot of fun mastering this challenge. I would be delighted if the design we developed helps completing this difficult task. We will definitely be wishing our colleagues at Volkswagen Motorsport the best of luck on race day.”
Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak makes its competition debut on 24 June 2018 in the US state of Colorado where the driver of the car Romain Dumas’ goal is to improve on the existing track record for electric racing cars. The car with zero-emissions race car develops a combined output of 680 horsepower and a stunning 650 Nm and weighs less than 1,100 kilograms. The engine is capable of doing 0 to 100 kmph in just 2.5 seconds, which is faster than even a Formula One racer. Talking about the aerodynamics and the cooling system- the engine, batteries and brakes of the racing car needs to cope with the unusual stresses even for top-level racing in the thin mountain air starting at an altitude of 2,862 metres with the finish line at an altitude of 4,302 metres. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak.