15 VW beat the Pikes Peak record

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At the 2018 Pikes Peak Hillclimb, which happened right on the Midsummer's day 24th of June, team Volkswagen recorded a 7 minute 57 second run, beating the absolute Pikes Peak world record.

The VW "I.D. R" (a cryptic name difficult to memorize) is a 4 wheel drive electric car built by VW with the purpose of beating previous electric car Pikes Peak record of 8 minutes 57 seconds, recorded 3 years ago by a Latvian electric race car specialist Andris Dambis and American racing driver Rhys Millen.

VW, being the resourceful German engineering company, didn't cut any corners (at least off the track), and conceived a car capable of beating the best that internal combustion can offer.

Not only did they accomplish the goal of beating electric car record, they also beat the absolute record (8:13.9) held by Sebastien Loeb and the awesome 900 horsepower twin turbo V6 Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak and became the first vehicle to break the 8 minute mark.

I predicted electric cars would surpass internal combustion prototypes at Pikes Peak several years ago when I first wrote about team Drive eO record attempts.

Hill-climbing is a discipline well suited for electric cars - races are short and don't require excessive battery weight. High altitude locations like Pikes Peak also favor electric motors which don't require oxygen to generate power.

With steady improvements in lithium ion battery tech, we might see electric racing expand beyond Formula E, Pikes Peak and hybrid racing drivetrains.

2m ago by FastestLaps
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saxy  1m ago

43.05 seconds up goodwood hill climb. Only just 1.3s slower than the full blown F1 record. No way does this car only have 700hp


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Vasile  1m ago

Can the 919 beat this record????


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manone  2m ago

"With steady improvements in lithium ion battery tech" i do not think there has been any of this over the last few years. You seem to overlook at the fact that the old electric car record was set by a gang of amateurs welding pieces of metal in a garage. From what you wrote, it looks like volkswagen group motorsport knowledge, R&D, and budget they poured in the project had no relevance, lol.
I am not sure you fully understand who are the usual competitors in this race.


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QA51M  2m ago

Faggioli norma was in second place with a car running in lower power setting still set a crazy time. Check his on board out. 8.37 still mad fast

 

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manone  2m ago

Norma had engine problems from the very first tests, and replaced them multiple times. the last one just before the race. Simone
Faggioli, the best hillclimb driver ever, said he had tyres problems from the very beginning and the engine suffered a power loss right away, he could not even keep the same pace of the trials, so decided to drive in safe mode all the way through the top. He said it was a 2 years program. i suspect they had more problems they expected.


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saxy  2m ago

Beating out a 1000hp/ton factory backed racer with the best rally driver of all time. I knew the IDR would be fast, but didn’t know it would be THAT fast. Crazy

 

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Maťko911  2m ago

Why not ?

This VW I.D. R is also "factory backed" LMP style car with millions and millions €€€ in development by colossal Volkswagen Group

  • Romain Dumas behind the wheel - Porsche factory driver/2014, 2016, 2017 and 2018 Pikes Peak winer/ Porsche LMP1 driver - 100% right man for LMP car and Pikes Peak.

That VW is no joke - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4uZLQvuwsgg


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saxy  2m ago @Maťko911

But it has much much less power. In a hill climb, power matters and the Peugeot was lighter. Peugeot put a LOT of resources and testing in the T16 as well. It just says how much more of how good electric powertrain is for these events. Not only for massive torque but also the traction of 4 individual motors


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Maťko911  2m ago @saxy

Less power at start, at higher altitude peugeot lose power... and dont forgot power inst everything, i mean in 2016 1386HP elektric eO PP003 runs 8:57.118 - 1min. !!! slower with 2x power ! of VW.

Like you say massive torque and aero, testing and of course perfect man behind the wheel.


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FastestLaps  2m ago @Maťko911

eO PP003 power was calculated differently I am sure. There is more than one way you can come up with max horsepower of electric car. The correct way would be to measure at the wheels (on dyno). Unfortunately there are not many dynos which can take the savage low rpm torque of a 1000+ hp electric race car.


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saxy  2m ago @Maťko911

The car lost its rear motors being FWD for much of the run. The cars get one single run and no chance to jmproving if anything goes wrong


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manone  2m ago @saxy

dumas said "we got to the top without any issue" in the post race interview


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saxy  2m ago @manone

Obviously I was talking about the previous ev car. And of course it’s you that have trouble with sense, and logic


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manone  2m ago @saxy

"And of course it’s you that have trouble with sense, and logic" lol


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saxy  2m ago @Maťko911

The Peugeot was programmed to give 875hp no matter what altitude it was at during the lap

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