Volkswagen’s Electric Race Car I.D. R To Tackle New Challenge “Heaven’s Gate” In China

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Volkswagen’s all-electric race car, the I.D. R was built not only to crush speed records previously set by some of the fastest cars in the world, but to be the brand’s poster child for this future family of vehicles.

“Volkswagen’s goal is to reach the pinnacle of electromobility with the I.D. family,” said Dr. Frank Welsch, Volkswagen Member of the Board of Management with responsibility for Development.

Dr Stephan Wöllenstein, CEO of Volkswagen China, announcing plans for the I.D. R to challenge the Heaven’s Gate road.

The top goal when developing the Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak was not on maximum performance, as is usually the case with racing cars, but rather to find the ideal balance between energy capacity and weight. Volkswagen’s prototype for Pikes Peak justifiably bears two quality seals in its name. The “R”, which is synonymous with performance cars, and the “I.D.”, the symbol of Volkswagen’s smart E-technology.

Everything went from an idea to reality when the I.D R finished the famous Pikes Peak race at a time of just 7:57.148. With an average speed of 90.538 miles per hour. The I.D R not only blew away the electric record by just shy of a minute but destroyed the overall record by 16 seconds. This was the first sub-eight minute run in Pikes Peak’s history.

But Volkswagen isn’t going to stop there. It has its sights set on one of China’s most challenging public roads dubbed “Heaven’s Gate” which is 6.8 miles of steep and winding two-lane road made up of several short straights and exactly 99 corners. It winds from about 650 feet above sea level up to 4,265 feet at the peak of the road up the Tianamen Mountain.

While there is no official lap time to beat, Land Rover had race car driver Ho Pin Tung attack the mountain in a Range Rover Sport SVR which achieved a best time of 9:51. Considering the I.D.R is an electric racecar built for such roads, it should have no problem crushing the current best time.


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