The Volkswagen I.D. R is a prototype fully electric vehicle designed as part of Volkswagen's I.D. Project, and included within Volkswagen's R series of cars designed specifically for competing in motorsport events.
The Volkswagen I.D. R made its competition debut at the Pikes Peak International Hill climb in Colorado Springs, Colorado on June 24, 2018. It was driven by Romain Dumas, and the team set a target of beating the existing electric car record of 8:57.118 minutes, set in 2016 by Rhys Millen with the Drive eO PP100. The I.D. R became the first car to complete the hill climb in under eight minutes (7:57.148), breaking the outright record set by Sébastien Loeb and the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak. The average speed during the run was 150.9 km/h, and 218 km/h through the speed trap.
In 2018 the Dewar Trophy was awarded to Integral Powertrain (the provider of the motors used by Volkswagen) for their electric motors and drivers. Previous winners include Keith Duckworth for the Cosworth DFV engine and Mercedes AMG High Performance Powertrains for their Formula 1 hybrid powertrain.
On 3 June 2019 the ID.R used 24.7 kWh to break the electric vehicle lap record on the Nürburgring with a time of 6:05.336, cornering at up to 3.49 G. The record time was previously held by the NIO EP9. The ID.R driver was four-time winner of the 24 hour race, Romain Dumas, who reached speeds of 273 km/h, for an average of 205.3 km/h. In 2019, the I.D. R set a new record for the Goodwood Festival of Speed Hillclimb clocking in at 39.90, also by Romain Dumas.
The Volkswagen I.D. R features two electric motors, located at each axle, allowing for a combined 507 kW; 689 PS (680 hp) and 649 N⋅m (479 lb⋅ft) of torque. The I.D. R weighs under 1,100 kg (2,500 lb) and has a 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time of 2.25 seconds. The Chassis of the car was co-developed by Norma, French sports prototype and hillclimb specialist.
Named Volkswagen Electric R, the Volkswagen I.D. R was added in the Electric Season Update as a high Class D car with the following rank statistics:
- Stock rank: 1,510 ( 1)
- rank: 1,711
- rank: 1,947 ( 22)
- rank: 2,214 ( 30)
- rank: 2,519 ( 35)
- rank: 3,054 ( 38)
At its stock rank, the Volkswagen Electric R has a top speed stat of 270—the same as a golden Lotus Elise Sprint 220—very high acceleration stat (82.45), below average handling stat (37.85) combined with a relatively wide drift radius, and average nitro efficiency rating (50.84).
Even without any upgrades, the Volkswagen Electric R's acceleration stat is higher than other Class D cars with fully upgraded acceleration, and despite its low handling stat, the Electric R loses minimal speed when driving on rough surfaces. Its nitro efficiency rating is similar to the Dodge Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack's, allowing it to use nitro or shockwave to quickly reach and sustain its maximum speed. However, with perfect nitro or shockwave active, the Electric R's steering becomes very stiff, preventing it from turning even slight bends without running the risk of scraping a wall. Its wide drift radius also makes the Electric R feel somewhat sluggish when rounding a corner, often resulting in slow exit speeds that is somewhat compensated for by the Electric R's acceleration and nitro efficiency. The Electric R's top speed also pales when compared to all other high-end Class D cars, being closer to that of a mid Class D car.
The Volkswagen Electric R's upgrades give the greatest improvements to handling, followed by nitro, then top speed, with the least improvements to acceleration. At MAX, the Electric R is one of the fastest accelerating cars in the game, while its handling is improved to the point where it drifts reasonably well and can turn slight corners while perfect nitro or shockwave is active. However, its top speed is still very low compared to other cars of similar rank.
The Volkswagen Electric R's extremely high acceleration stat, especially when fully upgraded, gives it strong starts, allowing it to overtake even some Class A and Class S cars, and reach its top speed faster than most other cars in the game. With its high nitro efficiency and low speed loss even when driving on rough surfaces, the Electric R is a potentially fast car on short and/or technical tracks, such as Osaka, The Caribbean or Auckland. Due to its lower top speed, the Electric R is less likely to perform well on tracks with long straights, such as Himalayas, Shanghai and New York, which favor cars with higher top speeds.
As the Volkswagen Electric R requires a key to unlock, and both the key and its blueprints are obtained mainly from its Grand Prix and the Electric Season Pass, or from time-limited packs, the Electric R's availability is restricted, making it less practical to obtain and upgrade compared to other Class D cars with wider availability, such as the DS E-TENSE, Lotus Elise Sprint 220, TVR Griffith and Mazda Furai.
The Volkswagen I.D. R was added in the 2019 Halloween Update as a high Class C car with the following statistics:
- Starting rank: 1212
- Hidden MAX rank: 1410 (+198)
- PRO rank: 1554 (+144)
- Tuning Kit bonus: +46
- Stock to PRO rank difference: 342
- Nitro Efficiency: 6/11/16
At PRO, the Volkswagen I.D. R has a total top speed of 423.7 km/h / 263.1 mph with a Tuning Kit. At stock, it has decent acceleration, good top speed, average handling and drifting and a small nitro boost.
Price & Availability
The Volkswagen I.D. R was initially obtainable by reaching Tier 11 of its Festival. If viewed in the Tag Racing car selection screen, a price of 7,000 was shown when the option to buy out the car was unavailable. As of the 2020 Halloween Update, the I.D. R can be purchased for 790,000.
The I.D. R was obtainable a second time for reaching Tier 1 with the Premium upgrade in the 2018 McLaren X2 Festival. Players who already own the car would receive 90,000 instead.
The I.D. R was obtainable a third time for reaching Tier 1 with the Premium upgrade in the Jaguar XKR-S GT Festival. Players who already owned the car would receive 180,000 instead.