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.
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