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07/24/18
Wolfsburg
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Success factors for the ID. R Pikes Peak – a record breaker, thanks to 3D printing

Up in the air – Volkswagen Motorsport breaking new technological ground with the aerodynamics of the ID. R Pikes Peak
  • Volkswagen benefits from innovative methods during test and development phase
  • Roughly 2,000 components for wind tunnel model produced in plastic printing process
  • ID. R Pikes Peak race car also features small parts from 3D printer

It is less than four weeks since Romain Dumas and the ID. R Pikes Peak set a new all-time record of 7:57.148 minutes for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. For the Volkswagen Motorsport engineers, the race against the clock lasted far longer – about eight months. In motorsport, this is an extremely short period in motor racing terms, yet this is all the technicians were given to develop Volkswagen’s first fully-electric racing car.

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