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16 July 2018

Volkswagen’s I.D R Pikes Peak is the fastest EV to conquer Goodwood

After annihilating the Pikes Peak, VW’s I.D R brings its wrath to the Goodwood FoS

Alpesh Rajpurohit
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Volkswagen’s I.D R Pikes Peak is not just any hypercar, it’s a record breaking-breaking machine and it is smashing records one by one with ease. Last month, the electric-powered hypercar broke the all-time record at the Pikes Peak with the time of 7m 57.148s. The Pikes Peak news was still fresh for some of us when Volkswagen announced that the I.D R was all set to scale the Goodwood hillclimb.

As expected, the I.D R Pikes Peak broke records, this time of being the fastest electric car at Goodwood. At 43.86s, it is now officially the fastest electric car to scale the historic hillclimb breaking the previous record of 47.34s held by Jonny Cocker. During the qualifiers, the I.D R was even faster – clocking a time of 43.05s.

Volkswagen motorsport director, Sven Smeets said, “Although the route is not even two kilometres long, we once again showed what the I.D. R Pikes Peak is capable of. Volkswagen is committed to electromobility and we want to take every opportunity to show how emotional this topic can be before Volkswagen launches its first fully-electric range as of 2020.”

Romain Dumas, who is responsible for the epic Pikes Peak run, was behind the wheel at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. After the race, Dumas said, “The hillclimb track is short but often dirty and therefore you should definitely not underestimate it. In any case, it is a great honour to drive here at Goodwood. You meet so many fantastic drivers, and the cars and motorcycles here span a century of motorsport. It is one of a kind.”

Now, let’s talk about the car. Volkswagen took 249 days to build this mad machine and what they have come up with, will surely give nightmares to the current crop of hypercars. It may just be a prototype racer, but it definitely showcases the potential EVs have in motorsport. The car tips the scale at a mere 1,100kg. The motor produces 670bhp and 653Nm of pulling power. The I.D R Pikes Peak will cover the usual 0-100kph sprint in 2.5s and will hit the top speed at 240kph. The construction is state-of-the-art – it gets a carbon monocoque with a steel roll cage and double wishbone suspension in the front and back.

The I.D R Pikes Peak may be the fastest electric car around the Goodwood, but it still isn’t the fastest. Surprised? Yeah, so were we. You see, that record stands at 41.6s, set by Nick Heidfeld in 1999, who was at the helm of a McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 Formula 1 car.

Should the I.D R Pikes Peak lap the Nurburgring and scare Porsche’s motorsport unit? Let us know in the comments section below.


Tags: volkswagen, mclaren, goodwood, ev, i.d r pikes peak

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