The automotive manufacturer Volkswagen perhaps was not kidding around when it said that it wanted to take on the record for the fastest electric car on the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. That in all probabilities became obvious when it showcased the renderings of its “I.D.R” race car. However, the real car is now set to go and Volkswagen said that it is faster than a Formula One car. The car 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.
On Sunday, in a press release, the automotive company said that its all-electric, prototype-style race car is rated at around 480 lb-ft of torque and 670 horsepower that powers all 2,425 pounds of it. While the HP number is not shocking, especially when compared to the 1,595-HP car that set the electric Pikes Peak record Volkswagen wishes to beat in the current summer, the power-to-weight ratio is crucial at the place. The I.D. R, for the sake of comparison, has more power than a 600-HP Aston Martin DB11 but weighs nearly 1,400 pounds less. The race car weighs around as much as a 2016 Mazda Miata that frankly is not very much.
Volkswagen even claimed that the car, at least in a sprint, is faster than an F1 car. In accordance with the press release, the car could get from 0 to 62 mph in just 2.25 seconds. (In the year 2012, prior to the new generation of race cars with 1.6-litre V6 turbo hybrids, the time for an F1 car to get from 0 to 62 mph was around 1.7 seconds. They do not seem to be concrete public numbers at the present.)
The I.D. R along with its lithium-ion batteries would show up at the Pikes Peak on 24th June to race, all for the chance to beat the electric-car record that is set by Rhys Millen on the course a couple of years ago. The time span to beat is 8 minutes and 57 seconds, but in the release, Volkswagen said that testing on the hill climb is limited. So, until that time, the company would march it to various race tracks to get ready.
Volkswagen teased some of the wild renderings of the car that appeared straight out of a sci-fi movie just over a month ago, calling it the “I.D. R Pikes Peak.” The Pikes Peak has been a proving ground for the electric power lately, with the record Volkswagen wishes to beat set by Millen in a car with seven electric motors and about 1,600 HP in the year 2016. Tesla and the conundrum that is Faraday Future even battle it out, time-wise, in their electric cars in the year 2017.
The I.D. R renderings came around with no power figures or other real data on the car other than the fact that it is the first official Pikes Peak entry of the company since a 652-horsepower Golf in the year 1987. It has been more than three decades since that entry, and Volkswagen does not seem to be taking its return lightly.
Finally, this car is pretty much lighter.