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05/24/18
Wolfsburg
Technology

Every gram counts – lightweight design strategy defines ID. R Pikes Peak concept

Every gram counts – lightweight design strategy defines ID. R Pikes Peak concept
  • Fully-electric car for the most famous hill climb in the world weighs less than 1,100 kilograms, including driver
  • Comprehensive computer simulations accelerated development
  • Battery weight reduced by restricting system performance to 500 kW (680 PS)

It started with simulations. “Before we actually assembled the ID. R Pikes Peak, we used computers to analyse a multitude of different configurations,” says Willy Rampf, technical advisor to the project and a man with a wealth of Formula 1 experience, recalling the start of the development of the car for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. “It was clear to us that we would not have time to build multiple test vehicles. We had to get it right at the first attempt.”

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