VW has absolutely destroyed the Pikes Peak record with the all-electric I.D. R

The purpose-built time attack car has smashed Sebastien Loeb's Peugeot 208 T16 record by a massive 15 seconds

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We've seen clips of it hurtling around the hillclimb course in practice with the intent being to make history, but the I.D. R all-electric time attack car purpose built by Volkswagen has obliterated the Pikes Peak record by a full 15 seconds. The car has ascended the 14,000-feet hillclimb route in 7:57.148, eclipsing the previous record of 8:13.878 set by Sebastien Loeb in the Peugeot 208 T16 back in 2013.

Romain Dumas was the man behind the wheel for the obliteration of Loeb's record

Romain Dumas was the man behind the wheel for the obliteration of Loeb's record

The EV hyper racer uses two electric motors (one on each axle) powered by a 43kWh battery pack, making the I.D. R 680hp of all-wheel drive insanity. It's capable of 0-60mph in just 2.25 seconds, making it quicker than virtually any car powered by internal combustion. And using 479lb ft of instantaneous torque to shift just 1100kg of mass, it's easy to see where such a stat comes from.

Like most Pikes Peak racers, it needed a serious amount of downforce to keep its cornering speeds high, hence the humungous rear wing bolted to the car. VW says that the car creates more downforce than the weight of the car, putting the I.D. R up there with F1 machinery and the most hyper of hypercars like the Brabham BT62.

Especially at altitude, having a serious aero package is necessary due to the lack of air density which can reduce the effect of aerodynamic parts on the car.

The altitude is a factor that will have helped VW to this sensational record however; being electric, it doesn't have to contend with power decreasing as you get higher up the hillclimb, unlike the internal combustion competitors in the field.

Lap records using all-electric power or at least electrical assistance seem to be the norm these days, seeing as the road car Nurburgring king is technically the NIO EP9 EV supercar. And with Porsche dominating the Spa Franchorchamps all-time record with the 919 Evo and with an eye on the Nordschleife all-time record too, it seems that electric motors are becoming the go-to tech for out-and-out performance.

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Comments (75)

  • Obliterated?? Thats a bit much, dont you think? Considering that loeb broke the previous record by 1min:30secs . The vw probably cost ten times as much as the peugeot.

      3 years ago
    • Keep in mind though that the only reason Loeb's time was that much more than the previous was because it was the first year the entire road had been paved. Before that, it was like 30% gravel.

        3 years ago
    • it's been said time and time again, the road didn't really get faster through the asphalt because it got much more narrower.

        3 years ago
  • So...an electric vehicle can climb a road faster than petrol based vehicles...what else is new?

    Now...can we get back to REAL alternatives to petrol and set these wheeled iPads that will increase the electric bills (energy usually generated by burning fossil fuels) aside?!

    Who here is anxious to find out what BMW Hydrogen racers can do at Le Mans 2020?

      3 years ago
    • I think hydrogen is a dead end street. Once electric becomes plentiful then why bother burning any type of fuel at all? Yes, like all here, I’m a gearhead and love to aggressively burn gas through pistons but the lay people don’t get it....

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        3 years ago
    • I think you need to do some research.

        3 years ago
  • I think we need to take into account Romain Dumas' experience at the Peak, which is pretty substantial. By contrast, Loeb had never been there before. Does that make for almost 17 seconds of difference? Probably not. But it definitely plays a part.

    Anyways, fair play to VW. Amazing achievement on their part. If only electric cars were actually the future.

      3 years ago
    • Hmm Dumas expirience against Loebs brilliance, i don't think there is much in it, five year more modern tyres could be worth a couple of seconds i reckon.

        3 years ago
  • Impressive.....

      3 years ago
  • VW's PR on this was outstanding. They downplayed expectations that they would only be contest the Electric record; while having a vehicle evolved from the amazing 919 Hybrid Evo, which was designed and built to beat the Audi R18 e-tron quattro, which was completely capable of demolishing the over-all record; without any PR fallout if something went amiss. And wa-lah not only did they beat the over-all Pikes Peak record, but beat it a full 16 seconds faster, and broke the 8 minute threshold that was considered impossible. WELL DONE VW; Congratulations!

      3 years ago
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