If you want to see an example of how EV performance beats ICE, watch this video. The VW All Electric betters the previous ICE record by 8 minutes and 13 sections. That is mind boggling!
Fred Lambert - Jul. 6th 2018 10:23 am ET
The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak, an all-electric race car custom built to conquer the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, broke the overall record during the famous racing event last month.
Now VW has released an impressive video of the record-breaking run filmed from a helicopter that can barely keep up with the electric race car.
The Volkswagen I.D. R Pikes Peak did the climb in 7:57 – beating the previous record of 8:13 set by none other than Sébastien Loeb in a Peugeot 208 T16 back in 2013.
It’s impressive because VW was actually going for the record in the electric prototype class, which currently stands at 8:57.118 minutes, set in 2016 by New Zealand’s Rhys Millen.
The 12.4-mile route starts at just above 9,000 feet and climbs to the summit at 14,115 feet above sea level. It requires the right balance of power, energy capacity, and weight.
VW did it with a weight “under 2,500 lbs”, two electric motors capable of “680 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, giving it a 0-60 time of 2.25 seconds,” and a 43 kWh battery pack.
Cars have been so much of our American identity it is difficult to grasp someone living a lifetime never having a driver's license or owning a car. The first time I rode in a Tesla S some years ago now, I knew that those who valued performance would be some of the first to join the EV crowd. ICE cars just can't compete on performance. The acceleration is astounding but the bigger surprise for me was how they handled cornering. The battery weight low in the chassis makes EVs feel like they are glued to the road in turns.