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08/10/18
Wolfsburg (D)
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Success factors for the I.D. R Pikes Peak: teamwork between racers and technicians from production development

  • Record-breaking car for the most famous hill climb in the world designed using know-how from the Volkswagen Group’s research and development experts
  • Focus on high-voltage technology, quality assurance and aerodynamics
  • Transfer of knowledge and data in both directions

Motorsport is a team sport. At the same time, the individual team members sometimes do their thing on different playing fields – under certain circumstances, they can usually be found playing a completely different sport. A prime example of this is the I.D. R Pikes Peak, with which Volkswagen driver Romain Dumas set a new record of 7:57.148 minutes at the most famous hill climb in the world on 24 June 2018. As well as Volkswagen Motorsport, a whole host of departments from within the Volkswagen Group were involved in making the project a success. “The help we received from production development was crucial to the success,” says Volkswagen Motorsport Director Sven Smeets.

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