Volkswagen presents the ID R Pikes Peak at the Petersen Museum

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Volkswagen announced Monday that its revolutionary ID R Pikes Peak electric racing car prototype will be on display at the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, Calif., Until February 1, where it will be one of the vehicles that make up the “Driving Toward. Tomorrow “exhibition.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to present the ID R Pikes Peak racing car in a world famous museum like the Petersen,” said Derrick Hatami, Marketing Director of Volkswagen of America. “We are delighted that members of the public have the chance to view the record breaking electric vehicle while it is on display, especially as it leads to the Petersen Future of Mobility exhibition.”

“As we move towards an electric future, we are proud to be at the forefront of the discussion,” added Terry L. Karges, Executive Director of the Petersen Automotive Museum. “Through our collaborations with Volkswagen, we are able to present one of the most impressive electric cars in the world, inspiring our audience to be curious about the future of mobility and its implications for the automotive industry in its together.”

The ID R Pikes Peak was developed specifically to set a course record in the race for which it was named. To achieve this, Volkswagen has trained a skunkworks team of the best motorsport engineers available – some with Formula 1 experience – to design, build, test and deploy the IDR From concept to completion, the ID R program does took only 249 days.

As for the car itself, it is made largely from carbon fiber, which makes it weigh less than 1,100 kilograms (2,425 pounds). Power comes from a pair of electric motors, each connected to a mechanical differential, one per axle. Together, they produce 680 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque. Traction control helps the ID R with its 0-60 blitz, which only takes 2.25 seconds. An electronic limiter kept the car from going over 150 miles per hour – higher speeds were unnecessary at Pikes Peak and would be an unnecessary expenditure of energy.

The program ended with a single stopwatch, driven by 24 Hours of Le Mans winner Romain Dumas. The Frenchman broke the electric vehicle course record by almost a minute flat and suffered an overall record victim in the process, changing the way people will talk about the Pikes Peak records.

Volkswagen and Dumas may not be finished yet either. After breaking the Goodwood electric course record, the ID R would head to the Nürburgring in Germany to attempt to rewrite the electric vehicle track record before returning to Goodwood to chase the overall course record. We hope that the history of the car is not over. It would be a shame never to say “ID R Evolution”.


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